GDLK Operations

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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:14 pm

MQT1223 wrote:The northern semaphore is now easier to view since brush cutting commenced on the right of way a few weeks ago.


It's a semaphore in spirit. It's made from a grade crossing light with a yellow lens and a blade cut from plywood.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:38 pm

justalurker66 wrote:Dark and rainy on Saturday ... have any changes been made at "White Pigeon Jct"? I didn't see anything obvious.


Not GDLK operations but as you pass White Pigeon Junction...

Up to the NYC rehabilitating the Airline between Jackson and Three Rivers, the Kalamazoo Branch had been diverging route and trains moved at speed on the Old Road. Part of the project included a new switch at White Pigeon to allow track speed onto the Kalamazoo Branch. For a time after it was installed the normal position of the switch remained to the Old Road with a 15MPH limit. In November 1957 an eastbound passenger train was diverted off the mainline to the Old Road. The engineer unaware of the restriction maintained 50MPH+/- and the train derailed at the switch. The conductor realizing they hadn't slowed was headed to dump the air when the derailment occurred. I can across the ICC report once (can't find it now) that retraced the sequence of events. If I recall they attributed the cause to the engineer not receiving the bulletin with the speed restriction or the NYC not ensuring it was reviewed before he departed.

http://www.gendisasters.com/michigan/2041/white-pigeon%2C-mi-flyer-derailment%2C-nov-1957
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby GAP » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:50 pm

About 2:30 this afternoon I saw the thru freight pass southbound thru Portage. Because of the six-axle engines and also several coiled steel cars I knew it was the thru freight. The puzzle is that it also had 4 or 5 loaded centerbeams. I understand loaded centerbeams northbound or southbound on the local but why loaded ones on the southbound thru freight? I thought they took everything to Elkhart so where were they going and where did they come from? Part of the fun of railfanning is trying to figure things out but this one has me baffled.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:23 pm

I think operations have been turned topsy turvy, with different crew numbers and start times. 503 seems to be the 1st local now then 501 bats clean-up. Theres been 102 crews on various assignments with road trains. It will all be good.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:25 am

Southbound road train thru Schoolcraft now will encounter WMAX 4189 LHF with HERZOG railtrain at CP Park on main. Don't know destination of rail though? Somebody is upgrading infastructure. Super Chief crew 333 out.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:16 pm

As of 4pm today, south of Schoolcraft:

1 covered hopper visible at J Rettenmaier.
2 covered hoppers at Van Beek Nutrition
At least a dozen tankcars at Wilbur Ellis

GMTX 2204, and 4009(?) were running but uncrewed at CP-Park on the siding, with approx 40 cars. It's great, and rare to see a train in the modern age that is mostly boxcars. The entire consist was boxcars of various sizes and reporting marks with a few empty centerbeams and tankcars at the end. Is this the 501 job?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby PatAzo » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:06 am

Super Chief wrote:Southbound road train thru Schoolcraft now will encounter WMAX 4189 LHF with HERZOG railtrain at CP Park on main. Don't know destination of rail though? Somebody is upgrading infastructure. Super Chief crew 333 out.


I'm going to speculate Amtrak/MDOT. They have been replacing rail on the Michigan line. Some of what they run on is re-laid rail that's 60+ years old.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:19 pm

PatAzo wrote:
Super Chief wrote:Southbound road train thru Schoolcraft now will encounter WMAX 4189 LHF with HERZOG railtrain at CP Park on main. Don't know destination of rail though? Somebody is upgrading infastructure. Super Chief crew 333 out.


I'm going to speculate Amtrak/MDOT. They have been replacing rail on the Michigan line. Some of what they run on is re-laid rail that's 60+ years old.


Recently they have been doing a lot of work between Kalamazoo and Augusta. I regularly see trucks unloading ties in front of Galesburg-Augusta High School.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby justalurker66 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:41 pm

GDLK14-191110.jpg
CP 14 - No signals in service. Note new four light dwarf.
GDLK16-191110.jpg
CP 16 - Signals not yet in service.
GDLKWP-191110.jpg
MSO Connection - No change noted.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:23 pm

The new dwarf at CP 14 will be Red,Amber,Green & Flashing Red top to bottom. I see the ole searchlight heads are off the taller mast already.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby kd_1014 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:11 pm

Who dispatches the signals on GDLK? Do they have their own in one of the yards or does NS do it for them?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:26 pm

Pittsburg Kansas dispatches the Elk. Watco dispatchers.
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