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Working on the MAL

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As I drove over the MAL at M-5 this afternoon, there was a crew working on the track just east of the crossing. They had a couple of small pieces of equipment on the track. I couldn't tell what they were up to although I'm assuming that anything on that stretch of the MAL these days involves removing track, not fixing it.

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The tracks and ties have been removed on either side of the crossing on M-5. I didn't get a chance to head east or west to see how far they've gone but it shouldn't be long before all the remaining track is removed. A couple of weeks ago, I got stuck in a massive backup on M-5 when the crossings were activated with no track gang around. It took several County Sheriff deputies to physically remove the gates from the crossing to clear the traffic. The gates are still lying on the ground where they left them.

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I still remember being amazed that they built that crossing for the Dinner Train when they built M-5, the "super road". What a waste, someday we will be sorry for all these abandonments when gas is $6 a gallon.

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Ran out and took some photos today of the progress, rail is all the way up to just past Ladd Rd. From Walled Lake proper to the east they have already pulled up all the ties and slightly graded the road bed.
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wow :shock:

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I hated to see this happen ever since I started working at that depot last year and the day finally came. The sights of 725 sitting infront of the depot at Pontiac Trail is nothing but a memory now. I will always cherish the fond memories of working on the freight trains during the last 6 months of operation. Just sad to see what has become of the first place my railroad carreer began. Although I am still working for the corporate office which has been relocated, I will forever have the memories of the first railroad I worked on for Railmark Holdings....and that is the Michigan Air-Line Railway.

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Our last revenue freight train was December 13th of 2011 which consisted of locomotive 1512, 1 empty flatcar, and 3 covered hoppers to the CSX interchange.

The final train ever on the MAL was March 25th of 2012 which consisted of 725 leading 1512, the Greenbank passenger car, the ex-Art Train caboose, and the ex-ATSF Vista Cavern to the CSX interchange.
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I wonder how APT has been getting along without the MAL
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Although I didn't spend much time along the MAL, it's always a bummer to see the old lines go. But realistically, it's a wonder that the MAL was around as long as it was. As previously discussed, there were only a couple of semi-active customers and without traffic, there's little reason for these lines to stick around. It didn't seem like there was much effort or money invested back into the line either, which makes sense with such limited traffic but didn't bode well for the long-term.

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The only active customers that I can trace back was American Plastic Toys (Last active and consistant customer), the railcar repairs at the shop in Walled Lake (Relocated off the MAL in 2009), the Lowe's Lumber Center near Decker Road (ended in the mid-90s), and railcar transloading at the Walled Lake Depot (Stopped in 2010), and then the Dinner Train and Scenic Express.

A&K officially removed the last peice of rail at the interchange in Wixom. The rails at the Wixom Road grade crossing are still in, but the rest is all gone. The only tracks remaining at the interchange is CSX's trackage and the MAL's portion is no more. :(
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Michael wrote:I wonder how APT has been getting along without the MAL
I have heard that there was a Northern Logistics bulk truck from Clare there the other day. That could possibly make sense because APT has another plant up near Roscommon that is served by Northern Logistics out of Clare.
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Sounds like you're more familiar with any conflicts between Walled Lake and the MAL. But my understanding is that there'e very little control a city can exercise over a railroad operation. If the MAL wanted to keep on operating, I don't see how the city could have forced it out.

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NoviRailfan wrote:Sounds like you're more familiar with any conflicts between Walled Lake and the MAL. But my understanding is that there'e very little control a city can exercise over a railroad operation. If the MAL wanted to keep on operating, I don't see how the city could have forced it out.
Yes and no. There is little they can do with the actual operations of the railroad, but cities do have control over the things like stations and business operations. I'm sure they didn't make it easy for the railroad to conduct operations.

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Chrisracer8903 wrote:The only active customers that I can trace back was American Plastic Toys (Last active and consistant customer), the railcar repairs at the shop in Walled Lake (Relocated off the MAL in 2009), the Lowe's Lumber Center near Decker Road (ended in the mid-90s), and railcar transloading at the Walled Lake Depot (Stopped in 2010), and then the Dinner Train and Scenic Express. This railroad did make profits from the freight and passenger trains (Mainly passenger), but Walled Lake really wanted the trains out badly and did anything they could to push the MAL out. You all wonder why the MAL is gone, you point to the city of Walled Lake who wanted the bike trail so badly. The city hindering with the MAL's passenger train business is one of the many bad choices the city has done and I could go on with further detail about this, but I won't. That's why I will never give a penny to any business in Walled Lake ever again.

A&K officially removed the last peice of rail at the interchange in Wixom. The rails at the Wixom Road grade crossing are still in, but the rest is all gone. The only tracks remaining at the interchange is CSX's trackage and the MAL's portion is no more. :(
Chris, there were lumber cars in there as late as July 2008.
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ns8401 wrote:
Chrisracer8903 wrote:The only active customers that I can trace back was American Plastic Toys (Last active and consistant customer), the railcar repairs at the shop in Walled Lake (Relocated off the MAL in 2009), the Lowe's Lumber Center near Decker Road (ended in the mid-90s), and railcar transloading at the Walled Lake Depot (Stopped in 2010), and then the Dinner Train and Scenic Express. This railroad did make profits from the freight and passenger trains (Mainly passenger), but Walled Lake really wanted the trains out badly and did anything they could to push the MAL out. You all wonder why the MAL is gone, you point to the city of Walled Lake who wanted the bike trail so badly. The city hindering with the MAL's passenger train business is one of the many bad choices the city has done and I could go on with further detail about this, but I won't. That's why I will never give a penny to any business in Walled Lake ever again.

A&K officially removed the last peice of rail at the interchange in Wixom. The rails at the Wixom Road grade crossing are still in, but the rest is all gone. The only tracks remaining at the interchange is CSX's trackage and the MAL's portion is no more. :(
Chris, there were lumber cars in there as late as July 2008.
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ns8401 wrote:Chris, there were lumber cars in there as late as July 2008.
Are you sure your not talking about the lumber spur near Haggerty Road? Some of those lumber cars were transloading and they got relocated off the MAL, but I'm not 100% sure about that one.
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Chrisracer8903 wrote:
ns8401 wrote:Chris, there were lumber cars in there as late as July 2008.
Are you sure your not talking about the lumber spur near Haggerty Road? Some of those lumber cars were transloading and they got relocated off the MAL, but I'm not 100% sure about that one.
Home Quarters used the spur near Decker Rd until they closed in the 1990's. Haggerty Lumber (Erb, Stock) received rail service later but I do not know when they stopped (amybe that is who received until 2008?)
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TrainWatcher wrote:wow :shock:


This sums it up for sure! It's so sad that nothing could have kept the line intact! I had a great time seeing COE and MAL over the last few years! Last year was awesome watching them move out old passenger equipment + freight!

Tuesday 4-17 is the date CSX picked up the equipment at Wixom! The "Vista Cavern" was the only thing left at the interchange; I'm sure that's gone now! It was sold to Ferromex of Mexico!
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My in laws got me this 5 DVD set called "The World's Greatest Railroads" and the COE/MAL's Dinner Train was featured on it :)

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Michael wrote:My in laws got me this 5 DVD set called "The World's Greatest Railroads" and the COE/MAL's Dinner Train was featured on it :)


Is this the DVD set that you're talking about? http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Greate ... 61-5504537

What other Railroads are featured in the set? How much North America is featured? Is it worth getting?
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Chrisracer8903 wrote:
ns8401 wrote:Chris, there were lumber cars in there as late as July 2008.
Are you sure your not talking about the lumber spur near Haggerty Road? Some of those lumber cars were transloading and they got relocated off the MAL, but I'm not 100% sure about that one.
That's the one I was thinking of, where was the other one?
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