White Pigeon Grain Trains

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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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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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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......
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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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Any updates of when it'll depart for GR northbound?
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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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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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The train cleared Schoolcraft around 2. I think they might’ve got held up by Amtrak.
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Plainwell about 3:15.
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When is the next one.

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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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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.
Lots of strange routings on grain this year due to the unusual growing season caused by the extremely wet spring.

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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:
V77819 left Portsmouth VA 17:13 on the 19th. Not to shabby transit time.

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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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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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Loaded grain train by Columbus, Oh. at 5:30am today.

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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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Trip back to VA is planned for 2 1/2 days

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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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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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