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Unread postby BL2-1843 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:18 pm

Ogihara at Howell, known as Thai Summit for nearly eight years already has ben stockpiling scrap gondola's all month. Not sure what is going on, as of today, there is the most cars by far in the plant for shipping out scrap. D708 sat off 10 today, 9 on Monday, and 5 each last Wednesday and Friday and 14 others since June 7 while shipping out only 7 loads. Total gons in the plant now total 42, all of them lease cars assigned to them. Did not realize they had that many unless more has been added to the fleet. Currently, very little scrap in the plant to load. While averaging 18 loads per month, sometimes more, they have been known to ship out equal that much by truck over the years and are very particular who gets scrap depending on scrap prices and who pays the most.
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Re: Latest From Ogihara

Unread postby chapmaja » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:11 am

How many have been going out lately? I suspect they are either stockpiling the scrap on site (which you should be able to see), or are shipping by truck right now because of pricing. If either of these are the case then the cars they normally send out are likely returned to sit in their yard on site until they are needed. I'm not sure I have ever witnessed that many cars on site at one time before.
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Re: Latest From Ogihara

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:20 am

chapmaja wrote:How many have been going out lately? I suspect they are either stockpiling the scrap on site (which you should be able to see), or are shipping by truck right now because of pricing. If either of these are the case then the cars they normally send out are likely returned to sit in their yard on site until they are needed. I'm not sure I have ever witnessed that many cars on site at one time before.


I keep a close watch on the amount of scrap in the bin to load via truck or rail. There has not been much build up lately, and often times isn't unless they are very short on rail cars to load. Hard to see the plant at all from I-96 in the summer with the ever increasing tree growth and foliage. In addition to the 7 loads that have gone in June so far, 19 loads went out in May, 15 in April, 17 in March, 14 in February and 15 in January for a yearly total to date of 77 rail car loads for 2019. It is quite a sight to see over 40 gondolas in the plant at one time.
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Re: Latest From Ogihara

Unread postby AARR » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:02 pm

Thank you for the updates, BL2. I remember when Ogihara was shipping outbound stampings by rail and you documented those as well 8)
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chapmaja wrote:How many have been going out lately? I suspect they are either stockpiling the scrap on site (which you should be able to see), or are shipping by truck right now because of pricing. If either of these are the case then the cars they normally send out are likely returned to sit in their yard on site until they are needed. I'm not sure I have ever witnessed that many cars on site at one time before.


I keep a close watch on the amount of scrap in the bin to load via truck or rail. There has not been much build up lately, and often times isn't unless they are very short on rail cars to load. Hard to see the plant at all from I-96 in the summer with the ever increasing tree growth and foliage. In addition to the 7 loads that have gone in June so far, 19 loads went out in May, 15 in April, 17 in March, 14 in February and 15 in January for a yearly total to date of 77 rail car loads for 2019. It is quite a sight to see over 40 gondolas in the plant at one time.
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Re: Latest From Ogihara

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:47 am

D70808 sat nine more empty scrap gons off at Ohigara Monday afternoon which temporarily gave them 51 cars in the plant. They picked up three loads, first since June 21st and all three had loose scrap in them instead of the compacted cube squares that have always been sent out While out there on Saturday, half the bin and loose scrap in it and what remaining cube squares were there were not smooth sided but rough as if they were pulling them apart. Some of the cars delivered to them had different reporting marks than as well what usually is assigned to them. One was WFRX. Still have not figured out what is going on there.
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Re: Latest From Ogihara

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:21 am

Cubed scrap takes more time and energy to melt. Loose scrap melts relatively easy. Perhaps they switched destinations and processes.
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