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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:55 am

CDL is putting new bungalows in at Park and Cowling, also new signal at CP25.6 hot box detector. 302 went north last night at 8:00 pm. Noticed last week trains were coming down to Cowling during the night and parked awaiting a crew to go to Elkhart the next morning. Don't know if this is because of daytime work on signals but it must be a relief for Kazoo drivers not to have crossings blocked downtown in the morning.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:51 am

Super Chief wrote:CDL is putting new bungalows in at Park and Cowling, also new signal at CP25.6 hot box detector. 302 went north last night at 8:00 pm. Noticed last week trains were coming down to Cowling during the night and parked awaiting a crew to go to Elkhart the next morning. Don't know if this is because of daytime work on signals but it must be a relief for Kazoo drivers not to have crossings blocked downtown in the morning.


I think that ended. 4206 and 4125 took a train south after 350 left town. 2204 was leading a second train behind them.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:48 am

Been reported on another site, AN SW1200 710 in Grand Rapids at a agricultural facility? Anybody know where?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:47 am

Stoneco stone yard on CSX off Market St at I-196. It's been there for a number of years.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Doktor No » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:24 am

Raildudes dad wrote:Stoneco stone yard on CSX off Market St at I-196. It's been there for a number of years.

The ex Appalachicola Northern dark blue switcher? Yeah, been there probably 15 years anyway.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:31 am

Super Chief wrote:Been reported on another site, AN SW1200 710 in Grand Rapids at a agricultural facility? Anybody know where?

It's an SW9.

ImageCYDX SW9 #710 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby ~Z~ » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:08 pm

SD80MAC wrote:
Super Chief wrote:Been reported on another site, AN SW1200 710 in Grand Rapids at a agricultural facility? Anybody know where?

It's an SW9.

ImageCYDX SW9 #710 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

What does this have to do with GDLK operations?

Guessing Super Chief thought the #710 may be on at agricultural facility in Grand Rapids that's served by GDLK. As we've figured out, it's used at the stone yard off Market St attached to CSX trackage. No harm no foul for asking on the GDLK thread.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:13 am

~Z~ wrote:
SD80MAC wrote:
Super Chief wrote:Been reported on another site, AN SW1200 710 in Grand Rapids at a agricultural facility? Anybody know where?

It's an SW9.

ImageCYDX SW9 #710 by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr

What does this have to do with GDLK operations?

Guessing Super Chief thought the #710 may be on at agricultural facility in Grand Rapids that's served by GDLK. As we've figured out, it's used at the stone yard off Market St attached to CSX trackage. No harm no foul for asking on the GDLK thread.


Is this easy to photograph?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:16 am

No, the new owners of the stone yard are not railfan friendly. This was taken a number of years ago with permission to be on the property.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:40 am

Thanks for the info on this unit. I thought GLLX Alco was their stone train switcher. So it was unknown to me. The hidden gems we have here just keep coming. I'll bet the Florida town she came from and the railroad are long gone from the hurricane.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:32 am

The previous stone yard engine was GLLX GP18 #921
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby chapmaja » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:43 pm

Raildudes dad wrote:The previous stone yard engine was GLLX GP18 #921


What ever happened to that engine? That was the one from the coal mine correct?
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby chapmaja » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:26 pm

Super Chief wrote:Thanks for the info on this unit. I thought GLLX Alco was their stone train switcher. So it was unknown to me. The hidden gems we have here just keep coming. I'll bet the Florida town she came from and the railroad are long gone from the hurricane.


The railroad stopper serving the namesake town years ago. In fact the railroad itself is not longer in business. It is currently, per Wikipedia, the AN Railway, a subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming, which had taken over AN Railway parent Rail Management Corp in 2005.

The locomotive in question was retired along with all of the End Cab switchers on the line in 2005, the year G&W took control.

The railroad only extends now to Port St. Joe, Florida, but looking at Google maps, the presence in Port St. Joe from a business standpoint was minimal at best. You can see where there was substantial industry at one time, and now it is bare land or cement pads lacking the buildings that once stood. Doing a Google Maps trip along the line, I see a lot of nothing. The AN Railway has a significant track presence in Port St. Joe, along with an engine house. Something is missing, cars, locomotives and businesses mainly. Following the line the next place I see anything resembling activity is Telogia. North of there is a former industrial operating, but it looks abandoned. An unused team track in Greensboro. North of Greensboro is actual signs of railroad existence, with 8 cars, 7 I'm not sure what type and 1 empty bulkhead flat on the siding. These are a few miles south of Chattahooche, the location of the interchange with CSX. There is a substantial interchange yard, with 3 covered hoppers, a shot flat car, and 2 bulkhead flats on 1 cut. Further down is one of the other unidentified cars, plus 12 bulkhead type flats. This is all that is present in what can best be described as a yard that once was much busier than today.

Sadly, what was left of the railroad in Port St. Joe was likely heavily damaged. While not hit as hard as Mexico Beach, the damage in Port St. Joe was similar to Mexico Beach. The railroad, who was appear to serve the Port Authority likely will be severely hampered.

Additional note. The railroad was owned by the Port St. Joe Paper Company. When the paper mill closed, like so many others across the country, the railroad lost the vast majority of its customer base. This allowed for the retirement of the majority of locomotives including the one pictured above. They currently have 3 GP15T's on the roster, although 2 of them are painted for the G&W Bay Line.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:09 pm

chapmaja wrote:
Raildudes dad wrote:The previous stone yard engine was GLLX GP18 #921


What ever happened to that engine? That was the one from the coal mine correct?


Twin Branch Coal Co. I believe that one is still at the stone yard in Lansing. North side of the CSX, and just west of Ensel Yard on MLK.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby chriiis » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:51 pm

chapmaja wrote: the AN Railway, a subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming


Last I checked the AN served a Georgia Pacific OSB mill a few miles north of Hosford, and that's about it.

The paper mill closed in 1999, and the Arizona chemical company closed in 2009. That was the end of service to Port St.Joe, it looked like so many other rust belt towns by then.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:31 am

chapmaja wrote:
Raildudes dad wrote:The previous stone yard engine was GLLX GP18 #921


What ever happened to that engine? That was the one from the coal mine correct?

921, the Miss Scarlet, is still earning her keep leased to the stone yard in Lansing.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NS3322 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:32 pm

SD80MAC wrote:
chapmaja wrote:
Raildudes dad wrote:The previous stone yard engine was GLLX GP18 #921


What ever happened to that engine? That was the one from the coal mine correct?

921, the Miss Scarlet, is still earning her keep leased to the stone yard in Lansing.


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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:37 pm

Had reports that 4124 & 4125 were struggling up the hill north of Plainwell tonight. Probably wet leaves and tonnage equate to a hill climber.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:54 am

3 rail crossings are being replaced in Three Rivers this month. Starting today N. Main St. by Frankies, then downtown Michigan Ave. and finally S. Main St. by Triple Creek party store. All schedule to be finish by November 20th. Elk is keeping the infastructure maintained.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:55 am

Super Chief wrote:3 rail crossings are being replaced in Three Rivers this month. Starting today N. Main St. by Frankies, then downtown Michigan Ave. and finally S. Main St. by Triple Creek party store. All schedule to be finish by November 20th. Elk is keeping the infastructure maintained.


Crosstown Parkway between Millard Court and Portage Street in KAL is also closed for “railroad repairs” according to the city. Started 10/29 and lasts until 11/5.
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