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Unread postby 1TrackMind » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:10 pm

Just seen a post on Facebook they are tearing down the feed mill. Anyone know whats going on? Is it shutting down for good?
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:52 pm

1TrackMind wrote:Just seen a post on Facebook they are tearing down the feed mill. Anyone know whats going on? Is it shutting down for good?


They built a new facility in White Cloud, so the traffic has been shifted to Marquette Rail.

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Re: Fremont

Unread postby KenB » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:05 am

That is too bad. Shot them switching the place once.
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby railrod1949 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:32 am

NS3322 wrote:
1TrackMind wrote:Just seen a post on Facebook they are tearing down the feed mill. Anyone know whats going on? Is it shutting down for good?


They built a new facility in White Cloud, so the traffic has been shifted to Marquette Rail.

For the non-Fakebook users on this forum, here is the photo. Photo by Mark Schumann.


The former C&O Railway trackage between Fremont and White Cloud was abandoned in 1962 and ripped up in 1963.
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Unread postby Doktor No » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:29 pm

KenB wrote:That is too bad. Shot them switching the place once.
I did get to switch it a couple times back in the day, along with Gerber. Non descript scenery...dinner trains make little to no money in nice locals, (See TC) let alone greater rural Muskegon/Newaygo counties. Probably be gone soon.
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby MQT1223 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:37 pm

The few times I've been to Fremont I've always imagined a PM 2-8-2 running through the woods here. Such a nice line, too bad it will probably die this way.
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Unread postby Mike H » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:54 pm

Don't give up on the line yet, there are a lot of things in the works & changes are coming. The track isn't in horrible condition & could be a great place to store a couple unit trains of coal cars or sand cars. More than likely the Fremont line is going to be around for quite a few more years before anyone will give up on it.

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Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:04 pm

Sell it to the WMI crew - they'll be minting carloads by the dozen in no time.

GWI seems a bit uninspired to me at the moment, between the MS, GRE and MQT. Not much new traffic coming online.
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby MQT1223 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:10 pm

Saturnalia wrote:Sell it to the WMI crew - they'll be minting carloads by the dozen in no time.

GWI seems a bit uninspired to me at the moment, between the MS, GRE and MQT. Not much new traffic coming online.


What else is even up there besides Gerber?

BTW good luck ever getting Gerber back.
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Unread postby chapmaja » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:23 am

Who actually owns this track? Was it a sale by CSX or is the line leased?

Personally, I think this line does have the potential to be a car storage line for the railroad. Lots of space between crossings could allow them to get a lot of cars into storage on the line.

I don't see anything above ground that would dictate keeping the line in place because I also don't see Gerber coming back to rail.
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Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed May 01, 2019 7:40 pm

Article in the Fremont Times Indicator today May 1 says they only removed the 100 year mill portion. The article says the grain elevator with corn drying and cooling and storage will remain along with the scale, shop, warehouses, Express Feeds drive thru and the Michigan regional offices.
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Unread postby MQT1223 » Wed May 01, 2019 9:33 pm

chapmaja wrote:Who actually owns this track? Was it a sale by CSX or is the line leased?

Personally, I think this line does have the potential to be a car storage line for the railroad. Lots of space between crossings could allow them to get a lot of cars into storage on the line.

I don't see anything above ground that would dictate keeping the line in place because I also don't see Gerber coming back to rail.


This is Michigan Shore trackage.
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Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri May 03, 2019 11:07 am

Michigan Shore leases it from the owner, CSX.
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Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:42 pm

Per Facebook, 6 covered hoppers were delivered to the elevator in Fremont today. Looks like it is not the end for Fremont rail service!
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Unread postby kd_1014 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:26 am

How often does the MSRR run up to Fremont?
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Unread postby ~Z~ » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:52 am

kd_1014 wrote:How often does the MSRR run up to Fremont?

It had been zero runs to Fremont per year. In the past week, sounds like they made a single run to drop off 6 covered hoppers. So at the current rate, let's say they go once per year :)
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby Doktor No » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:37 pm

Twice. They have to go back and get them ya know!
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Unread postby MQT1223 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:32 am

NS3322 wrote:Per Facebook, 6 covered hoppers were delivered to the elevator in Fremont today. Looks like it is not the end for Fremont rail service!


What was the occasion of this run? I assumed that if the elevator was being torn down that rail service was ending. Did they just have a larger facility built?
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Unread postby AARR » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:52 am

I think the company still runs a fertilizer operation in Fremont. It was just the feed operation that was moved to White Cloud. However, the fertilizer operation is very small in comparison.
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NS3322 wrote:Per Facebook, 6 covered hoppers were delivered to the elevator in Fremont today. Looks like it is not the end for Fremont rail service!


What was the occasion of this run? I assumed that if the elevator was being torn down that rail service was ending. Did they just have a larger facility built?
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Re: Fremont

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:49 am

MQT1223 wrote:
NS3322 wrote:Per Facebook, 6 covered hoppers were delivered to the elevator in Fremont today. Looks like it is not the end for Fremont rail service!


What was the occasion of this run? I assumed that if the elevator was being torn down that rail service was ending. Did they just have a larger facility built?

Either way, it is VERY easy to load and unload covered hoppers directly to and from trucks, so even with the buildings potentially gone, they could still do quite a bit of traffic.
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