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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby dave989 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:34 am

More power than usual sitting around Hughart today. HLCX 3834, 4002 and 3534 lashed together. 4124 & 4125 & wsor 4190 parked near the engine house. 4190 has been the yard switcher.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:37 am

4124 and 4125 are both dead for the time being, I'm told. Sounds like a crew is on duty and will go south with 3534, 4002 and 3834 soon.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby dave989 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:23 am

Thats curious. 3534 is on the point, long hood forward if they proceed with the current lashup.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby chapmaja » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:17 pm

Would they and could they go up and wye the power before heading southbound? I know the connections near the old Amtrak Station (Sunnyside?) would allow wyeing the power, but would they take the time and expense?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:04 pm

chapmaja wrote:Would they and could they go up and wye the power before heading southbound? I know the connections near the old Amtrak Station (Sunnyside?) would allow wyeing the power, but would they take the time and expense?


Are all of the units facing north? If they were not, they could switch around the power to have a south facing cab up front and the other ones behind.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Ypsi » Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:13 pm

Normally GDLK can spin the power at either CN in Kalamazoo or around the engine house in Elkhart. To spin in GR generally they will need a “reason” or run directly from turner to CSX go achieve the wye result.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:17 pm

Grand Elk has rights to turn power on the wye in Grand Rapids, I’ve only ever seen them do it once or twice though. NS used to turn their power fairly often.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Plannerdad » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:35 pm

Grand Elk just left Elkhart (per the rail cam) with about 40 cars mixed.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:44 pm

Did it have 2 centerbeams of lumber?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby tsinoms » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:32 pm

Raildudes dad wrote:Did it have 2 centerbeams of lumber?

He had one towards the end of the train. Looks like SOO 301428.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:41 am

Is the video archived? I'm not looking for a SOO, thanks 8)
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby justalurker66 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:20 pm

The cameras have a 12 hour rewind buffer. Beyond that the owners occasionally post clips of special trains.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby tsinoms » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:59 am

What lurker said, if you guys are expecting one check the replay for sure. The people in chat are pretty nice and can help find the train you are looking for.
Edit: Looks like they had 3 going north today but did not catch any car numbers. 2 wrapped in shrink warp it looked like and one with a yellow logo on the lumber.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:58 pm

The 2 I'm looking for arrived in Kazoo at 1:55am :)
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby dave989 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:18 pm

I see 3534 is back at Hughart. Wondering if it is sticking around.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:39 am

Did the 2 centerbeams you were looking for come from CN or NS to GDLK? I heard they are getting equal amounts from both class 1s?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:16 am

Super Chief wrote:Did the 2 centerbeams you were looking for come from CN or NS to GDLK? I heard they are getting equal amounts from both class 1s?

C&M's lumber usually comes via CSX or NS-GDLK. Not aware of any via CN.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby GAP » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:01 pm

Today and at least once before I've seen the Grand Elk thru freight going south with loaded centerbeams. I understand loaded going north to Gearhart Yard on 302 and then loaded going south on the 501 local to the customer, but what is happening here? Why the reverse flow?

There were two cars today. One was NDYX 738476.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:50 pm

Because they took back to Elkhart the 2 cars for me (one the NDYX) that had made it to Kalamazoo. You tell me why :roll: Most of the western Canadian cars come CN - NS- GDLK. Apparently NS raided their rates about the 1st of the year. Now they are coming CN - CSX
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby justalurker66 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:07 pm

Raildudes dad wrote:The 2 I'm looking for arrived in Kazoo at 1:55am :)
Raildudes dad wrote:Because they took back to Elkhart the 2 cars for me (one the NDYX) that had made it to Kalamazoo. You tell me why :roll:

So they came from Elkhart to Kalamazoo and returned to Elkhart without unloading? And now if GDLK gets them back they might come another way?

Raildudes dad wrote:Most of the western Canadian cars come CN - NS- GDLK. Apparently NS raided their rates about the 1st of the year. Now they are coming CN - CSX

I am assuming: CN to South Bend, NS to Elkhart Yard (CN train), GDLK from Elkhart Yard to Kalamazoo then (usually) to the customer.
The alternative: CN past South Bend to eastern Michigan, CSX to Grand Rapids Yard, GDLK from Grand Rapids Yard to Kalamazoo then to the customer.
Unused alternative: CN past South Bend to Upjohn connection to GDLK.
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