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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby MQT1223 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:31 am

Buster Manning wrote:from what I heard, NS got a waiver somehow from the ITCS on the east end of da rayrhode; hence why you see all sorts of various NS units coming outta Jackson and Battle Creek


I thought they only ran GP60's and SD40-2's on that portion of the line? Do they really need anything else?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:52 am

They run GP-38s on the Battle Creek local, usually one is an Operation Lifesaver unit.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:36 pm

Super Chief wrote:They run GP-38s on the Battle Creek local, usually one is an Operation Lifesaver unit.


Yep, it has been #5337 (OLS unit) and #5334 for the last year or so.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:24 pm

Wouldn't be surprised that 4002 could be back before the end of the year.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby penn central » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:46 pm

I was inside the American Axle plant in Three Rivers yesterday and noticed a southbound with three units two Grand Elk SD40s and a NS GP38-2 unit number 5264 sitting in the siding at Cowling. A long train, The lead SD40 was facing long hood forward that looked unusual unless they cut away the leader that was on there.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:19 pm

Not unusual for the long hood to lead for them, the WSOR units have ditch lights on that end, the ex-MILW units do not.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby penn central » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:15 am

Super Chief wrote:Not unusual for the long hood to lead for them, the WSOR units have ditch lights on that end, the ex-MILW units do not.

Okay thanks for the info Super Chief.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby tsinoms » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:28 pm

Came into Elkhart with 12 cars today and the 4206 leading LHF. Did not see them leave.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:42 pm

4002 is back home with Decatur & Eastern markings on doors. Leaving Elkhart today with NS 5462 Battle Creek unit.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:50 pm

4002 & NS unit in Kazoo on engine service track in Gearhart.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:33 am

Some Grand Elk power news. With 4002 back, 3534 is scheduled to be sent out next for repair. The unit doesn't make transition so is restricted to 10mph for crews. Hughgart is still repairing 7030 the GP7u to be brought back in service. The crews like how shes a puller and they are moving ahead to resurrect her. No units are scheduled to be repainted so the 3 WSOR units stay as is.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby kd_1014 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:09 pm

Super Chief wrote:Some Grand Elk power news. With 4002 back, 3534 is scheduled to be sent out next for repair. The unit doesn't make transition so is restricted to 10mph for crews. Hughgart is still repairing 7030 the GP7u to be brought back in service. The crews like how shes a puller and they are moving ahead to resurrect her. No units are scheduled to be repainted so the 3 WSOR units stay as is.


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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:07 pm

Super Chief wrote:Some Grand Elk power news. With 4002 back, 3534 is scheduled to be sent out next for repair. The unit doesn't make transition so is restricted to 10mph for crews. Hughgart is still repairing 7030 the GP7u to be brought back in service. The crews like how shes a puller and they are moving ahead to resurrect her. No units are scheduled to be repainted so the 3 WSOR units stay as is.


I found #4002 resting in Gearhart last Friday.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby tsinoms » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:15 am

Saw this on Facebook earlier. Will be nice to keep tabs on train lengths and times.
New webcam confirmed by Virtual Railfan in a recent live stream on their Facebook page. The camera will be in Elkhart at the New York Central Railroad Museum.

This should benefit a lot of railfans who want to know when a train departs Elkhart to go south on the Marion Branch and east on the Chicago Line.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:19 pm

Should be able to catch the Elk coming and going also.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:36 pm

tsinoms wrote:Saw this on Facebook earlier. Will be nice to keep tabs on train lengths and times.
New webcam confirmed by Virtual Railfan in a recent live stream on their Facebook page. The camera will be in Elkhart at the New York Central Railroad Museum.

This should benefit a lot of railfans who want to know when a train departs Elkhart to go south on the Marion Branch and east on the Chicago Line.

That is if the Elkhart cam will be free on youtube for viewing. Some of their cameras are only available via paid subscriptions.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby justalurker66 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:44 pm

If it is worth watching regularly it is worth paying for.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby tsinoms » Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:09 pm

~Z~ wrote:
tsinoms wrote:Saw this on Facebook earlier. Will be nice to keep tabs on train lengths and times.
New webcam confirmed by Virtual Railfan in a recent live stream on their Facebook page. The camera will be in Elkhart at the New York Central Railroad Museum.
It is currently free on YT right now. They are also planning on having a PTZ on the station but only have east and west cams.
This should benefit a lot of railfans who want to know when a train departs Elkhart to go south on the Marion Branch and east on the Chicago Line.

That is if the Elkhart cam will be free on youtube for viewing. Some of their cameras are only available via paid subscriptions.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:57 pm

GDLK has two empty centerbeams at L&W Supply in Grand Rapids. TTZX 864492 and TTZX 862431. Lots of product that look to have been recently unloaded from these centerbeams, so they've likely received a lot of cars lately.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:56 pm

Elkhart, IN railcam is on YouTube, with a west and a east facing cam.

https://youtu.be/PPbIeVerojQ
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