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Unread postby redside20 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:15 am

Dow and Japanese venture coming together in Midland
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michi ... outed.html
Will this bring more rail traffic to Midland?
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Unread postby firemedic54 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:36 pm

Guess it depends on how close to the tracks this new facility will be. Sounds like it has potential...
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Unread postby redside20 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:58 am

Ford in the news..They are transferring a Ford Fusion line to Flat Rock Plant
http://www.mlive.com/jobs/index.ssf/201 ... t_roc.html
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Unread postby redside20 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:25 pm

Could this be a potential rail customer in Muskegon? Fleet Engineering is adding a plastics line and some new jobs

http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2. ... hannel=334

Quad Graphics in Midland is adding 152 new jobs
http://www.mlive.com/jobs/index.ssf/201 ... _ince.html
There appears to be a spur that was torn up out back..Will it ever get put back in?
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Unread postby AARR » Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:40 pm

redside20 wrote:Quad Graphics in Midland is adding 152 new jobs
http://www.mlive.com/jobs/index.ssf/201 ... _ince.html
There appears to be a spur that was torn up out back..Will it ever get put back in?

IIRC QG has other plants with rail service
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Unread postby railohio » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:37 am

AARR wrote:IIRC QG has other plants with rail service


And their own private rail cars:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/railohio/5631048435/
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Unread postby redside20 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:04 am

Two other businesses are expanding..One in Holly, and one in Fenton..Rail service to both of these establishments is questionable.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.s ... uncil.html
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Unread postby AARR » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:18 am

redside20 wrote:Two other businesses are expanding..One in Holly, and one in Fenton..Rail service to both of these establishments is questionable.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.s ... uncil.html

CN goes through Fenton but does not have any rail customers I know of and Holly has both CN and CSX and the only customer is the rail car repair place on CSX north of town
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Unread postby firemedic54 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:48 pm

The businesses in question aren't close to the tracks. Would be nice though.. :wink:
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Unread postby redside20 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:38 am

More job creation and incentives for GM..Don't know how much rail traffic this will translate too but..
http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/201 ... _in_n.html
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Unread postby OwlCaboose2853 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:58 am

Full text: Gov. Rick Snyder makes case for improving Michigan infrastructure
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/10/full_text_gov_rick_snyder_make.html

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Michigan currently invests about $16 million per year in rail programs, including funds for operation, grade crossing improvements, economic development programs and management of 540 miles of state-owned rail lines. With the completion of Michigan’s State Rail Plan, required by federal law, the state is now in position to receive additional federal funds.

Rail investment and enhancement will mean that goods can move faster, cheaper, and more reliably, benefiting business productivity and helping create more jobs. In Michigan, railroads are critical to the success of agricultural production, whether they’re hauling inbound fertilizer or outbound grain. Freight rail is not a luxury for the agriculture and agri-business industries – it is a necessity. I am directing the Departments of Transportation and Agriculture & Rural Development to coordinate with the food and agriculture industry to ensure their infrastructure needs are included in economic expansion opportunities.

There are a number of high-value rail freight projects ready and waiting to be implemented. The Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal project is a public-private partnership that needs additional investment to become reality. The Detroit Railroad Tunnel expansion is a private sector project that is also ready to begin. Both projects will help increase the potential for rail shipping in Michigan, which will help remove trucks from our freeways and reduce costly highway congestion, degradation, and pollution. These stand-alone projects could go forward at any time, but implementing them in combination with the New International Trade Crossing will accelerate Michigan’s development as a center of global trade.

Over the past two decades, Michigan has made more than $100 million in incremental investment to improve grade crossings, signals and rail equipment. That relatively small but relentless positive action has paid off in a big way, laying the groundwork and encouraging additional investment that will pay off in an even bigger way in the future, by encouraging development, attracting businesses, and creating jobs.

In addition, there is significant federal support and momentum for the development of accelerated passenger rail service today, and Michigan has already benefitted from that. Provided additional federal funds continue to be available, Michigan will work to develop and support accelerated passenger rail service from Pontiac and Detroit to Chicago, and to initiate Ann Arbor to Detroit and Ann Arbor to Howell commuter rail service.

Thanks to the swift action of the legislature, Michigan has already successfully garnered $440 million in federal rail funds. This money will be used to improve train stations, acquire trains and accelerate rail speeds from Pontiac and Detroit to Chicago. Some of the money will be used to acquire and improve a deteriorating segment of the corridor between Kalamazoo and Dearborn where speeds have actually had to be decreased because of the poor condition of the infrastructure.
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Unread postby redside20 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:03 am

Do these guys in Whitehall Michigan get or give products by rail?
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... or_an.html
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Unread postby redside20 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:08 am

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
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Unread postby csxt4617 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:35 am

redside20 wrote:Do these guys in Whitehall Michigan get or give products by rail?
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... or_an.html


Probably not...the tracks were removed north of Berry quite a few years ago.
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Unread postby AARR » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:11 am

csxt4617 wrote:
redside20 wrote:Do these guys in Whitehall Michigan get or give products by rail?
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mich ... or_an.html


Probably not...the tracks were removed north of Berry quite a few years ago.

Tracks through Whitehall (and to Montague) were removed shortly after chemical plants (Dupont and ???) closed (around 1995ish) due to environmental changes. Dok worked these jobs a few times and says it was downright scary in one of those chemical plants.
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Unread postby Michigan Railfan » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:20 pm

Just a quick question. Isn't there a planned commuter rail system for Detroit? I read somewhere there was going to be but haven't heard anything new lately.
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Unread postby AARR » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:06 am

Michigan Railfan wrote:Just a quick question. Isn't there a planned commuter rail system for Detroit? I read somewhere there was going to be but haven't heard anything new lately.

There are several very detailed threads somewhere around here about the planned commuter rail system for Detroit. I see you are new here, so if I can find them I will link it to this thread. Personally, I do not follow it to closely so I am not able to provide much info about it but there are a few other guys who are right on top of it.
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Unread postby penn central » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:57 am

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.
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Unread postby OwlCaboose2853 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:03 am

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

What do you think about these ones? hmm :wink:
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Unread postby AARR » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:43 am

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