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OwlCaboose2853 wrote:Does it make sense to invest more in Michigan's rail system?
http://www.michiganradio.org/post/does- ... ail-system

What do you think about these ones? hmm :wink:
What I think is RedeSide is posting the info that I am used to seeing from you, OwlCaboose. You used to post all kinds of stuff about MI railroading here and at MIRR.com. Now, I only see you posting communter and passenger info and no one cares about commuter or passenger service :P (Jkg :lol:
AARR! Really, I thought you had listen on a 91.7 FM radio from your car or truck yet! Maybe you missed listen them. I am talking about passenger rail service. :P ( :lol: )
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I like to ride passenger trains 8) I can't really say I either for freight or for passenger..I'm for a little bit of both
More good new for the thumb..Helena Chemical has added two new spurs for delivery of potash, phosphate and other fertilizers.This is in Croswell Michigan.
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redside20 wrote:I like to ride passenger trains 8)
More good new for the thumb..Helena Chemical has added two new spurs for delivery of potash, phosphate and other fertilizers.This is in Croswell Michigan.
Helena has picked up a bunch of fertilizer / elevator locations around MI. The places I have seen do not receive rail service even if there is a spur (Richmond, off CN). In fact, CN has petitioned to abandon the short branch to the spur in Richmond. So I am pleasantly surprised to hear Helena receives rail service.
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OwlCaboose2853 wrote:
AARR wrote:
OwlCaboose2853 wrote:Does it make sense to invest more in Michigan's rail system?
http://www.michiganradio.org/post/does- ... ail-system

What do you think about these ones? hmm :wink:
What I think is RedeSide is posting the info that I am used to seeing from you, OwlCaboose. You used to post all kinds of stuff about MI railroading here and at MIRR.com. Now, I only see you posting communter and passenger info and no one cares about commuter or passenger service :P (Jkg :lol:
AARR! Really, I thought you had listen on a 91.7 FM radio from your car or truck yet! Maybe you missed listen them. I am talking about passenger rail service. :P ( :lol: )
Detroit to Chicago in less than 4 hours? 3 upgrades for Michigan passenger rail http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detro ... enger-rail
What? Awesome! I rode the Wolverine over the summer, and what should have been a 5 1/2 hour trip ended up being 7 1/2. Just because NS wanted the charge Amtrak for high speed; Amtrak didn't want to pay, so NS restricted their speeds to 20 mph. About time they did something about it.
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more news from Flat Rock Ford Plant and Wixom
http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/201 ... _prod.html

Also Chrysler is reopening their Connor Ave facility
http://www.toledoblade.com/Automotive/2 ... Viper.html
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A business is considering moving into the old Checker Motors facility in Kalamazoo
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/ind ... ss_ma.html
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Be nice to see a new rail customer at the old Checker plant in K'zoo....

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redside20 wrote:Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw hiring 130
http://www.mlive.com/jobs/index.ssf/201 ... _hiri.html
I believe they give a lot scrap steel to HESR

Also the GM Saginaw Metal Casting center
Do these guys still get switched out by the railroad?
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... t_215.html
Nexteer doesn't ship anything by rail anymore they do receive loads of steel slabs for auto parts making at least it's something, A far cry from the 1970's when i was a kid it was a booming affair back then. As far as GM-SMC, They do not ship or receive anything by rail anymore it was the old Gray Iron Foundry back when it was that they used to receive many loads of Coking Coal.
They receive by proxy. They get all their metal from the aluminum smelter down the road on Nodular Dr. That place does receive box cars. Any hope of Saginaw Metal Casting ever getting anything by rail is long gone. A few years ago GM removed all the furnaces from SMCO, and as stated, all their metal comes from Nodular Dr.

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Michigan Sugar Expanding Bay City Plant
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... _more.html
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redside20 wrote:Michigan Sugar Expanding Bay City Plant
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... _more.html
Inbound sugar beets from Deckerville (I have heard numbers of 600-1500 per year), outbound molasses, sugar beet pulp (animal feed ingredient), and possibly some bulk sugar products.
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redside20 wrote:Michigan Sugar Expanding Bay City Plant
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... _more.html
Good to see the sugar plants upgrading. A note not in that article. A majority of the old plant in Carrolton Mi is being demolished right now. The bulk silos, and the packaging area look like they will remain. All the old plant building seems as though it will all be wrecked.

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Possible business for the HESR.. whoops..Railgenerica?..Advanced Drainage Systems is building a plant in Clifford Michigan. Could this translate to plastic pellet traffic?
http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2. ... hannel=361
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redside20 wrote:Possible business for the HESR.. whoops..Railgenerica?..Advanced Drainage Systems is building a plant in Clifford Michigan. Could this translate to plastic pellet traffic?
http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2. ... hannel=361
Would be a nice pick up for HESR. The plant in Owosso usually has 3-5 cars on their spur whenever I drive by (which is not often) but that could be a months worth of cars for all I know.

What is cool is the Owosso plant has an old covered hopper at the end of their spur that never moves. I hear they unload into that car and transfer the pellets to the plant from there.
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ADS also has the same set-up in London, Ohio, a single car at the end of the spur for storage.

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Who ever switches International Paper in Kalamazoo will have one less customer to serve. IP is closing it's Kalamazoo facility.
http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/ka ... o-facility
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http://www.toledoblade.com/Automotive/2 ... plant.html
Fusion coming to the Flat Rock Assembly Plant..Could rail traffic pick up again out of Flat Rock?
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redside20 wrote:http://www.toledoblade.com/Automotive/2 ... plant.html
Fusion coming to the Flat Rock Assembly Plant..Could rail traffic pick up again out of Flat Rock?
Considering Ford is investing $500 Million into the plant with plans to build the new Fusion and another new car there in addition to the Mustang, I'd say it's a good bet that traffic will be picking up out of Flat Rock.

Edit: Just read that Ford will be adding 1,200 new jobs to the plant. More here: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/10/ford ... ock-plant/
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I read in the Saginaw News today that Midland Co-Generation Venture is planning a 640 Megawatt expansion, This is a Natural Gas fired power plant. There is a rail spur into there but is rarely used we will see i guess, This is in Midland Mich. They also announced that JR Whiting will be completely shutting down by January 1st 2015 get your pictures of 766 and 767 while you still can. This is just north of Toledo a few miles north of the border.

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penn central wrote:They also announced that JR Whiting will be completely shutting down by January 1st 2015 get your pictures of 766 and 767 while you still can. This is just north of Toledo a few miles north of the border.
Possibly another victim of the new EPA standards backed by this current administration regarding coal fired plant emmissions.
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