Anything pertaining to railfanning in Michigan.
That post is very incorrect. I can confirm that the two elevators hasn't just stopped shipping. The crops were very rough last harvest, so grain trains are down. Infact, they've already run half a dozen grain trains since may all at least 90 cars in length. As long as the crops keep growing well like they are, then you will see grain trains pickup this fall.
Personally, I think the next big event to come in Michigan is CSX’s departure of their operations from Plymouth to Porter that’s rumored for as long as most of us have been alive (30 years), especially with the way they’ve ran Grand Rapids to Plymouth the past few years with a pair of trains that constantly changed destinations, traffic, and assignments on a near monthly basis, then were killed off completely followed by the exodus of YMs in Wyoming Yard, moving the handling of certain traffic to Holland, and there’s no indication any through-traffic or use of Plymouth-Porter for various Michigan-destined cars (like it was a decade ago). It’s pretty much at this point to the bare bones like they did to Saginaw and Flint before they were spun-off and those places were long rumored to be axed and have happened. There’s no indication that CP has interests of this line or they would have gone for it at this point. With how CSX completely SOLD their Panhandle Route across Florida that is a similar situation as Plymouth-Porter and actually had more overhead trains on it right before the sale to RailUSA, I wouldn’t be surprised if they spun it all to someone like RailUSA and CSX feeds all the traffic from the Detroit-Toledo corridor (Plymouth) and only traffic from NS comes off Porter. An operator can also handle some overhead traffic for Michigan off CSX’s hands like some shortlines are doing now as they build businesses off former class I mainlines. I’d love to see Plymouth-Porter bounce back to what it was 10-15 years, but it doesn’t seem like CSX has interest in it and is falling to wayside of their long-term plans with the network.
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