GDLK Operations

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GP-35 #3534 was ar the engine house in Grand Rapids with doors wide open looking rather ill. Hope it ain't terminal.

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Super Chief wrote:According to one source the entire Cleveland pool is being eliminated out of Elkhart in the near future or has already. The reason Gearhart seemed empty is I saw no coil cars, so did the JAIL traffic just disappear or was it rerouted east? So has NS eliminated WBs on the Michigan line to the Elk? I've seen no coil cars on any Elk train in a week now.
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So coil loads in via Bellevue and empties out via Elk to Elkhart or were those 8 I saw yesterday on 302 Magic Steel as the were covered cars going southbound?

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No sign of a stone train yet but the amount of Amtrak gondolas has doubled to 13 or 14 with an on-board mini excavator and a large piece of MOW equipment on a second track behind the string of gondolas. They appear to be parked on the gravel pit leads.
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1TrackMind wrote:
Super Chief wrote:According to one source the entire Cleveland pool is being eliminated out of Elkhart in the near future or has already. The reason Gearhart seemed empty is I saw no coil cars, so did the JAIL traffic just disappear or was it rerouted east? So has NS eliminated WBs on the Michigan line to the Elk? I've seen no coil cars on any Elk train in a week now.
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Looked like a good sized train today east of Chelsea. It was stopped east of Lima Center Rd and Chelsea Grain Company on the single track, likely because they had to were going to switch Chelsea Grain Company on its trip to Jackson. Did not get a car count, but it was 2-3 engines. I did notice some track cars on the train, something I don't recall seeing on the train west to Jackson months before.

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There were 5 or so box cars on the Otsego line this evening waiting for the southbound to pick them up. That's not unusual. What was real unusual was an open hopper. I'm not well versed in hopper to know what kind. I made note of the reporting mark and number. Can someone who has access to such information shed some light on what was up? I don't think it was a MOW hopper.

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Jim_c wrote:There were 5 or so box cars on the Otsego line this evening waiting for the southbound to pick them up. That's not unusual. What was real unusual was an open hopper. I'm not well versed in hopper to know what kind. I made note of the reporting mark and number. Can someone who has access to such information shed some light on what was up? I don't think it was a MOW hopper.

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Sounds like a ballast hopper. I know GDLK has been doing some work on the Otsego branch this year.
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SD80MAC wrote:
Jim_c wrote:There were 5 or so box cars on the Otsego line this evening waiting for the southbound to pick them up. That's not unusual. What was real unusual was an open hopper. I'm not well versed in hopper to know what kind. I made note of the reporting mark and number. Can someone who has access to such information shed some light on what was up? I don't think it was a MOW hopper.

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Sounds like a ballast hopper. I know GDLK has been doing some work on the Otsego branch this year.

They definitely have. I was thinking this was in much better shape than the MOW hoppers I'd seen before on the Elk. I was hoping either a transload had popped up, or the paper mill needed a hopper for something.

The piles of ties are gone, but the MOW equipment is still on the stub that used to go to Parchment.
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Does't appear to be what we use for ballast, but I've been surprised many times already :lol: Could be transload, could be ballast, could be BO, could be misrouted who knows. For what its worth we have a pair of maybe three former CR(ish) ballast hoppers that are marked for GDLK MOW.
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Loaded in Mosinee WI. I'm guessing at Milestone Materials

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Raildudes dad wrote:Loaded in Mosinee WI. I'm guessing at Milestone Materials
Thanks. It might have been ballast, but it was imported ballast. Unless somebody else needed a load of aggregate. In the old days it could have come across the lake.
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Haven't seen cars too often at L&W supply in Grand Rapids, but saw a pair Tuesday night, TTZX 85840 and TTZX 866024. Both slightly unloaded at that time.
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Both reporting empty in Detroit this morning. Came loaded from the same place in KY as in the past. The lumber I track dropped off for 6 weeks or or so. Now I have more inbound at one time than ever before.

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Heard a 700 series train go thru Cowling and Park 15 minutes ago northbound. Could it be the first elusive stone train?

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Doubt it being that the conveyors are not done yet.

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AMTK on the GDLK
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Saw this looking out the window of the Old Mill restaurant in Plainwell. The Elk dropped three or four in Plainwell, and took two to Otsego.
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Three Rivers yard has 1 gondola of ties tied up there. Plus there are more track panels ar various crossings for replacement. Lot of improvments going on right now.

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NS 3323 SD40-2 leading 4209 and 4189 thru Three Rivers northbound at 4:30pm. They were hauling the mail!!

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They are looking at transloading propane in Kalamazoo. Car counts are down which opens up yard tracks which is bringing back...store cars.

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PatAzo wrote:They are looking at transloading propane in Grand Rapids.

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