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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby 1TrackMind » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:56 pm

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.

Bellevue to Wayne then Jackson.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:46 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:28 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby chapmaja » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:35 pm

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.

Bellevue to Wayne then Jackson.

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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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Jim_c » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:11 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:12 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Jim_c » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:32 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Ypsi » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:53 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:47 pm

Loaded in Mosinee WI. I'm guessing at Milestone Materials
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Jim_c » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:55 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:34 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:12 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:54 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby 12Bridge » Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:46 pm

Doubt it being that the conveyors are not done yet.
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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Jim_c » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:47 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:45 am

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby Super Chief » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:01 pm

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

Unread postby PatAzo » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:09 pm

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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Re: GDLK Operations

Unread postby 1TrackMind » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:55 pm

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

Unread postby Super Chief » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:07 am

Amtrak gondolas headed north out of Kalamazoo on 303 yesterday.
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