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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby KenB » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:09 am

When Kroger was in Livonia, MI they had many spurs off the C&O until they finally had only one in the building. Received a few cars of potoes than this final track was removed. Kroger moved out, warehouse removed and a Minards was built there, no rail of course.
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Unread postby bctrainfan » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:00 pm

For the first time that I am aware, ReConserve (formerly Endres) on Angell St in Battle Creek has 2 CH's on the spur in their facility. They extended the spur from the WestRock (former RockTenn) paper mill and built a railcar loading building at least a year ago, but I don't believe it was never used. I was told that a contract with a new customer down south had fallen through after construction had begun. They recycle food waste from cereal makers and such for livestock feed and possibly other products. Hopefully a sign of added business for NS on the Michigan Line!
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:06 pm

Foxconn is going to build a plant for the manufacturing and research of autonomous cars in Michigan.

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/20 ... gan-report

This one's from a couple months ago, so I'm not sure if these sites are still being considered. If not, I kinda wonder if this is that mysterious "Project Tim" coming to Durand soon.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general- ... ring-plant
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:21 pm

I wonder if eventually autonomous cars will be transported by autonomous trains :lol:
atrainguy60 wrote:Foxconn is going to build a plant for the manufacturing and research of autonomous cars in Michigan.

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/20 ... gan-report

This one's from a couple months ago, so I'm not sure if these sites are still being considered. If not, I kinda wonder if this is that mysterious "Project Tim" coming to Durand soon.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general- ... ring-plant
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:26 am

Some more business popping up in Michigan, one of which is an auto seating manufacturer who's gonna settle down in the old Buick City in Flint. There's also an expansion at a Penske location in Romulus. Any of this mean possible rail service?

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Michi ... 20533.html
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Unread postby redside20 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:53 pm

Rail spur being constructed at the Ceres Grain Elevator for Marquette Rail in White Cloud.

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... iver_index
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby David Lang » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:03 pm

The large parcel of land that used to be a large Paper Mill just East of Gearhart Yard in Kalamazoo has now been cleared.

I just drove by there today and all the small trees that were growing on the property have now all been cleared and neatly stacked. There are a few pieces of construction equipment on site as well.

There was some talk several months back about a stone yard going in there and being served by rail. Not sure about that but there is definitely activity going on! It will be interesting to see what further developments do occur and I will update when I see more.

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Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:22 pm

Property shows to be owned by Georgia-Pacific
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Unread postby Waddy » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:58 pm

David Lang wrote:The large parcel of land that used to be a large Paper Mill just East of Gearhart Yard in Kalamazoo has now been cleared.

I just drove by there today and all the small trees that were growing on the property have now all been cleared and neatly stacked. There are a few pieces of construction equipment on site as well.

There was some talk several months back about a stone yard going in there and being served by rail. Not sure about that but there is definitely activity going on! It will be interesting to see what further developments do occur and I will update when I see more.

David Lang

Yes stone unloading going in. With the potential for 40+ trains a year.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:34 pm

atrainguy60 wrote:Some more business popping up in Michigan, one of which is an auto seating manufacturer who's gonna settle down in the old Buick City in Flint. There's also an expansion at a Penske location in Romulus. Any of this mean possible rail service?

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Michi ... 20533.html


For the seating manufacturer, this could absolutely mean rail business. Looking at google maps, the tracks are right there,abandoned but still there, and by the looks of it there are some abandoned spurs that they could reactivate too.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:12 pm

In both cases it depends where the product will arrive from/go to. Although it is possible the companies will use direct rail it's unlikely. If they do it will probably be intermodal.
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atrainguy60 wrote:Some more business popping up in Michigan, one of which is an auto seating manufacturer who's gonna settle down in the old Buick City in Flint. There's also an expansion at a Penske location in Romulus. Any of this mean possible rail service?

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Michi ... 20533.html


For the seating manufacturer, this could absolutely mean rail business. Looking at google maps, the tracks are right there,abandoned but still there, and by the looks of it there are some abandoned spurs that they could reactivate too.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby David Lang » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:56 pm

I have 3 questions:

1. Does anyone have an update on the redevelopment of the former Ethanol plant in Ithaca? I believe someone said something about a Soybean Processing Plant. How much traffic will it generate?

2. What is the latest with the one or two track connection at the Cargill Animal Feed Mill in Owosso? I'm not seeing anything yet on my maps app.

3. What is the latest with the new Arauco Particle Board plant in near Grayling? It looks like land has been cleared, but don't see any rail spur(s) yet on maps.

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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:26 pm

David Lang wrote:3. What is the latest with the new Arauco Particle Board plant in near Grayling? It looks like land has been cleared, but don't see any rail spur(s) yet on maps.

Project is well underway, with plenty of track on the ground and buildings sprouting up
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

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Unread postby AARR » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:42 pm

AA has been transloading oil on the engine plant spur lead in Dundee. Usually in blocks of six.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby David Lang » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:51 am

Has anyone heard anything more about people going back to work at the Yuma Sand facility? This was posed a while back now.

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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:25 pm

Elba Steve posted at MichiganRailroads.com that a liquid feed plant will be constructed in Carrollton on the site of the former Michigan Sugar plant.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:27 pm

RandallG reports at MichiganRailroads.com that the ex-Metro Aluminum, née-Ford Vinyl in Mt. Clemens is receiving 60’ box cars. I was told it’s FCA business and should be a fair amount of carloads.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby penn central » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:24 am

This past week i looked at a copy of the Owosso Argus Press newspaper it said in there that the new Cargill animal feed plant is supposed to open in April, The plant is on the north side of Owosso on the old NYC, PC Line that went to Saginaw and Bay City. Witch is now the GLC.
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Re: Michigan Rail Business news

Unread postby AARR » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:50 am

The plant is projecting 15-20 cars a week of inbound feedstock ingredients. We'll see...
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