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Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:19 pm
by Super Chief
A 3 unit 501 tonight. 4002,3834 & 4009 with 55 cars and at least 13 centerbeams. Switching Reitenmeyer in Schoolcraft at 6:00pm. Local was longer than 302 has been lately.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:34 am
by dave989
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:37 am
by SD80MAC
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:23 am
by dave989
Thats curious. 3534 is on the point, long hood forward if they proceed with the current lashup.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:17 pm
by chapmaja
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?

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:04 pm
by kd_1014
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:13 pm
by Ypsi
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:17 pm
by SD80MAC
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:35 pm
by Plannerdad
Grand Elk just left Elkhart (per the rail cam) with about 40 cars mixed.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:44 pm
by Raildudes dad
Did it have 2 centerbeams of lumber?

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:32 pm
by tsinoms
Raildudes dad wrote:Did it have 2 centerbeams of lumber?
He had one towards the end of the train. Looks like SOO 301428.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:41 am
by Raildudes dad
Is the video archived? I'm not looking for a SOO, thanks 8)

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:20 pm
by justalurker66
The cameras have a 12 hour rewind buffer. Beyond that the owners occasionally post clips of special trains.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:59 am
by tsinoms
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:58 pm
by Raildudes dad
The 2 I'm looking for arrived in Kazoo at 1:55am :)

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:18 pm
by dave989
I see 3534 is back at Hughart. Wondering if it is sticking around.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:39 am
by Super Chief
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?

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:16 am
by SD80MAC
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:01 pm
by GAP
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.

Re: GDLK Operations

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:50 pm
by Raildudes dad
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