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GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby MQT1223 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:19 pm

Sounds like the last of the track from Malta to Grand River Ave near Lowell has been removed. Anyone know why they procrastinated? I heard that they were trying to add this to the trail east of the county line...

**Update: Brinks farms on the Michigan Shore is expanding service, and is receiving the rail at that end of the line to accommodate more business.
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby mikerm19 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:40 am

Ugh, this line in particular makes me sad the most. :cry:

I know what it could have been.
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby BerkshireKid » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:42 am

Fill us in... What could it have been?
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby Jetlink » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:01 pm

I think the bike trail between Saranac and Ionia is among the best in the state. In fact I just rode it again Last night. I like trains but I love bike trails. If there aren't going to be any rails then I hope the trail gets built to Lowell ASAP!
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby AARR » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:43 pm

You might change your mind after you ride the Macomb Orchard Trail :wink:
Jetlink wrote:I think the bike trail between Saranac and Ionia is among the best in the state. In fact I just rode it again Last night. I like trains but I love bike trails. If there aren't going to be any rails then I hope the trail gets built to Lowell ASAP!
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby Mark F » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:32 pm

2018 is the soonest for trail development between Lowell and Saranac. Hopefully RDD will use his immense influence to help get the grant requests approved in the next funding cycle.
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:47 pm

mikerm19 wrote:Ugh, this line in particular makes me sad the most. :cry:

I know what it could have been.
BerkshireKid wrote:Fill us in... What could it have been?


C&M Eastern Division... :P
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby wyrickj » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:08 pm

Grand River to the county line is still in place but they did have a G&W truck sitting next to the east side of Grand River the other day but I am not sure what for. A guy was in it.
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby Mark F » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:15 am

Crushed asphalt surface is now in place between Lowell & Saranac, Lowell & Belding and Belding & Greenville. A couple short sections in Lowell and Greenville still remain to be paved, likely in the spring. Other finish work will also be completed next year. Great looking trail. Would be nice if the weather would cooperate for some fall bike riding. DNR cautiously optimistic about acquiring Lowell-Elmdale next year.
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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby chapmaja » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:01 am

mikerm19 wrote:Ugh, this line in particular makes me sad the most. :cry:

I know what it could have been.


I think what he means is several customers were looking at locating along the line when CMGN made the decision to discontinue service on the line and remove Ionia to Owosso. From what I recall Lowes (now on CSX in Grand Ledge) was one of these customers. I think I've also heard at least one major grain elevator was looking at the line as well.
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Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:19 am

TSBY wanted to buy Owosso-Grand Rapids as I recall but CMGN wanted too much for it. Imagine how different the MI rail scene would be today with GLC in Grand Rapids!
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Unread postby Schteinkuh » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:24 am

GrandTrunkFan wrote:C&M Eastern Division... :P

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Re: GRE remnats to Ionia removed

Unread postby AARR » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:43 pm

Coincidentally on my paper railroad a large grain elevator located in Pewamo and a large lumber distributor located in St. Johns :D
chapmaja wrote:I think what he means is several customers were looking at locating along the line when CMGN made the decision to discontinue service on the line and remove Ionia to Owosso. From what I recall Lowes (now on CSX in Grand Ledge) was one of these customers. I think I've also heard at least one major grain elevator was looking at the line as well.
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