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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby GAP » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:51 pm

On the south side of Three Rivers where M-86 turns east towards Centreville there has been a huge pile of used ties about a quarter mile south of the crossing. Thanksgiving day I noticed that there has been a lot of dirt excavated from the highway towards that pile. Does this have anything to do with the Grand Elk or is it unrelated?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:12 am

Everyone is asking the same question. The dirt their excavating is the old ROW of the Jackson-Elkhart Airline. Many trees have been burnt and whats to become of the ties is the $64,000 question? They can't burn em so are they burying them? Wouldn't think MDEQ would allow either but after PFAS who knows? Don't know if all the ties are Elks or others too? That embancment their carving away at was the approach to the M-86 overpass to Jackson.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:35 pm

Where at in Three Rivers? I cannot seem to figure out the spot with Google Maps due to being unfamiliar with the area.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:44 am

South of town where the Kalamazoo branch met the airline between M-86 east and Lutz Rd. south behind Sams Bar. On Fridays way back when a six-pack of Strohs on the switch stand marked the spot.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Ben Higdon » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:36 am

Anybody been by the old GP site in Kalamazoo recently? I hear there is a new spur into the site.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:06 am

Ben Higdon wrote:Anybody been by the old GP site in Kalamazoo recently? I hear there is a new spur into the site.


It's the stone unload operation. The track looks mostly laid. Equipment has been setting there since summer.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:24 pm

4017 is in GR for its 92 day FRA inspection. 4189 & 2204 were the 501 today and 4209 & 4206 were the 302. The 4209 has a really large snow plow pilot on its front. Rumor has 4002 coming back from the Decatur & Eastern to keep more 4 axle power available for 501, will see. NS ballast cars were mid-train on 302. Grain extras have been run from the Andersons and NS power came south night before last with Amtrak ballast hoppers going to Elkhart.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:15 pm

Whatever became of the GP7u #7030?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:46 am

Last I knew it was still in GR as no one seems to know what to do with it. Its been orphaned with the mis-fit locomotives. CN wouldnt move it cause it doesn't have self aligning couplers. Watco wanted it in Cicero Illinois but it never went. Also needed a cab heater but I never heard if it got that.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:36 am

Super Chief wrote:Last I knew it was still in GR as no one seems to know what to do with it. Its been orphaned with the mis-fit locomotives. CN wouldnt move it cause it doesn't have self aligning couplers. Watco wanted it in Cicero Illinois but it never went. Also needed a cab heater but I never heard if it got that.


Thanks for all that information. Sounds like it is the forgotten middle step-child of Watco family.
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I have been meaning to ask this before, does the snowplow in Hughart Yard ever get used?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:04 am

I don't think the plow at Hughart has moved since at least when Watco got the line in 2009.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:46 pm

NS3322 wrote:I have been meaning to ask this before, does the snowplow in Hughart Yard ever get used?


The plow is out of service. My GDLK friend says among other things it needs a new set of trucks (plain bearings I think).
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:30 pm

NS3322 wrote:
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NS3322 wrote:Is the old Conrail caboose safe?


The caboose escaped the scrappers torch. Grand Elk has kindly donated it to the Mid-Michigan Railroad Club.


Is that the group at Turkeyville in Marshall? Will it go on display?


The club has arranged trucking to Turkeyville. The site work to display it won't occur until spring. It will be placed near the depot. The caboose has to be moved off the property in the near future and will spend the winter on the trailer and dollies until a track is laid.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:55 pm

7030 has sat near the old turntable with the doors on the carbody open for sometime. Wouldn't surprise me if its cut up and parted out.

Did NS or Conrail ever use that old plow in the last 20-30 years? I feel like we don't get enough snow up here to really warrant the use for it, same with CSX and their plow in Wyoming.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Tim » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:50 am

NS used it around 20 years ago although I don't have the exact dates or the plow number with me at present. Ran from Elkhart to Kazoo, then a turn to GR and then the MC at least as far as Jackson. MofW ran it because the hi-rail inspection trucks were being derailed by the snow build up between the rails and not because the same build up was uncoupling air hoses.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby ~Z~ » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:11 am

Recent sightings at L&W Supply in Grand Rapids, from my night time walks there, here's how traffic has been as of late:
11/29 GAEX 000028 and TTZX 864567 unloaded.
12/11 TTZX 87315 and TTZX 86582 unloaded. Looked quite freshly unloaded Tuesday, so perhaps a pickup of those cars today.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:15 pm

11/29 GAEX 000028 and TTZX 864567
12/11 TTZX 87315 and TTZX 86582

To and from Decousey KY
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Jim_c » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:10 pm

Fairly long string of CHs sitting on the rarely used siding north of Mosel Ave in Kalamazoo.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:11 pm

Jim_c wrote:Fairly long string of CHs sitting on the rarely used siding north of Mosel Ave in Kalamazoo.


The hoppers looked like they'd been stored. There has been talk about adding a transload facility at Mosel.
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