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I've been searching the site for any information regarding the days that the Pioneer operations on the Michigan Southern and the Elkhart and Western operate. A post on an old thread from two years ago states that the crews for both lines alternate and that the Michigan Southern is operated Mon-Wed-Friday and the E&W Tues-Thurs. Can anyone verify if that is still the case? Does the MSO function in a similar fashion to the GRE/MMRR where trains go from one end to the other to serve customers? Just trying to understand how these two railroads function and what a day is like for both of them.
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Re: MSO/E&W Ops

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MQT1223 wrote:I've been searching the site for any information regarding the days that the Pioneer operations on the Michigan Southern and the Elkhart and Western operate. A post on an old thread from two years ago states that the crews for both lines alternate and that the Michigan Southern is operated Mon-Wed-Friday and the E&W Tues-Thurs. Can anyone verify if that is still the case? Does the MSO function in a similar fashion to the GRE/MMRR where trains go from one end to the other to serve customers? Just trying to understand how these two railroads function and what a day is like for both of them.
I caught the MSO running late on a Friday in Sturgis last fall.
They tied down south of Sturgis at Frank Miller and Sons.
I also think I saw E&W operating in Elkhart on a Friday in June 2016. But alas, I had an Amtrak train to catch so I did not investigate.
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NS3322 wrote:
MQT1223 wrote:I've been searching the site for any information regarding the days that the Pioneer operations on the Michigan Southern and the Elkhart and Western operate. A post on an old thread from two years ago states that the crews for both lines alternate and that the Michigan Southern is operated Mon-Wed-Friday and the E&W Tues-Thurs. Can anyone verify if that is still the case? Does the MSO function in a similar fashion to the GRE/MMRR where trains go from one end to the other to serve customers? Just trying to understand how these two railroads function and what a day is like for both of them.
I caught the MSO running late on a Friday in Sturgis last fall.
They tied down south of Sturgis at Frank Miller and Sons.
I also think I saw E&W operating in Elkhart on a Friday in June 2016. But alas, I had an Amtrak train to catch so I did not investigate.
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I was able to catch them in the morning with a different unit, but it was still a fun railroad to explore.
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MQT1223 wrote:I was able to catch them in the morning with a different unit, but it was still a fun railroad to explore.
Would that be #1616?

I also updated the MSO Wiki page on this site. It would be a fun railroad to model.
http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php/Michigan_Southern

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NS3322 wrote:
MQT1223 wrote:I was able to catch them in the morning with a different unit, but it was still a fun railroad to explore.
Would that be #1616?

I also updated the MSO Wiki page on this site. It would be a fun railroad to model.
http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php/Michigan_Southern
Yup that was 1616. Didn’t see this engine anywhere.

Yeah the MSO would be fun to model.
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