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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Saturnalia » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:28 am

Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.

Congrats to CSX for picking up the business :D
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Jim_c » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:54 am

Saturnalia wrote:Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.


That's because for some of us the closest thing to a unit train we see regularly is three boxcars with paper products. Besides, seeing the CSX power on the GDLK was a bit different. Wish CSX would bring the cat back......
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:30 am

Jim_c wrote:
Saturnalia wrote:Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.


That's because for some of us the closest thing to a unit train we see regularly is three boxcars with paper products. Besides, seeing the CSX power on the GDLK was a bit different. Wish CSX would bring the cat back......


Agreed...short lines with SDs and Amtrak gets a little old after a while, and I don’t usually have time to drive to Schoolcraft or Indiana anymore.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Super Chief » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:30 am

It kind of did have a circus train feel to it, by the way it was 93 cars over the detector yesterday. Hauled out my Conrail Three Rivers signs and attached them to a trackside post with the lead unit in the background thru town.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:18 am

Any updates of when it'll depart for GR northbound?
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby GTW » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:25 pm

At 1:00pm he was putting his train together for the trip north with CSX #69 on the point. Clear CP Park at 1:25pm
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby justalurker66 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:16 pm

AARR wrote:My notes show the elevator's capacity as 3,180,000 bushels. That's about 825 car loads in 110 ton cars. I suppose it's possible but in my opinion unlikely that they'd be able to load 5-10 units trains "every" month. Looking forward to updates :) .

That is nearly ten 93 car trains. I'd say the real limit for how many trains would be how fast the grain could be received by truck at White Pigeon. Assuming the elevator is full an no trucks arrive ten trains empties the elevator. The next train depends on when enough trucks arrive to refill the elevator.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby MQT1223 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:02 pm

The train cleared Schoolcraft around 2. I think they might’ve got held up by Amtrak.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Jim_c » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:40 pm

Plainwell about 3:15.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby GTW » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:13 pm

When is the next one.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Super Chief » Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:08 pm

Hey GTW, since you got some car numbers to track, by the way that Rock Island blue one was neat with THE ROCK plus CN & W plus its current markings, could you let us know the number of days to Rocky Mount for this first trip. Thanks in advance.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby JoJames » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:36 pm

AARR wrote:My notes show the elevator's capacity as 3,180,000 bushels. That's about 825 car loads in 110 ton cars. I suppose it's possible but in my opinion unlikely that they'd be able to load 5-10 units trains "every" month. Looking forward to updates :) .

Very unlikely. How big is the area they draw grain from depends on price they are willing to pay.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:21 am

Saturnalia wrote:Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.

Congrats to CSX for picking up the business :D


You would have been right there with them if you were in GR :lol:
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:08 pm

Raildudes dad wrote:
Saturnalia wrote:Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.

You would have been right there with them if you were in GR :lol:

Didn't say I wouldn't. :lol:

Hoping they send another for me to chase over Spring Break - hopefully with good weather :D
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby J T » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:12 am

Raildudes dad wrote:
Saturnalia wrote:Man you guys were foaming over this train like a rabid squirrel.

Congrats to CSX for picking up the business :D


You would have been right there with them if you were in GR :lol:

Well that's a much cleaner response compared to mine which was deleted. :lol:
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby GTW » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:25 am

Loaded grain train by Columbus, Oh. at 5:30am today.
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:33 am

J T wrote:Well that's a much cleaner response compared to mine which was deleted. :lol:

Awe I didn't get to see it :cry:
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:47 am

Trip back to VA is planned for 2 1/2 days
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby AFLK » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:59 pm

I have a qustion for you guys, what IDs are they using on the Plymouth sub for these grain trains? I’ve seen G010 and V778, is there anything else?
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Re: White Pigeon Grain Trains

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:01 pm

AFLK wrote:I have a qustion for you guys, what IDs are they using on the Plymouth sub for these grain trains? I’ve seen G010 and V778, is there anything else?

Since there's only been 1 train so far, its a little early to tell. The empty ran as V778 up to Plymouth, then ran as G013 to Grand Rapids (because it ran with a Lansing crew), then the load left as G778.
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