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Zug Island Works closing.

Unread postby arty flowers » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:09 am

Does this spell the end of major steelmaking in Detroit? What parts are closing permanently? What will stay operating? What does the future hold for Zug Island as this is a major railroad customer in the Detroit area.

https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news ... hin-weeks/
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Re: Zug Island Works closing.

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:23 am

arty flowers wrote:Does this spell the end of major steelmaking in Detroit? What parts are closing permanently? What will stay operating? What does the future hold for Zug Island as this is a major railroad customer in the Detroit area.

https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news ... hin-weeks/

AK Dearborn looks set to continue onward. I guess it depends on your definition of "Detroit"
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Re: Zug Island Works closing.

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:36 am

Theres are two parts to every integrated steelmaking facility: the "primary" side, where raw ingredients are combined and fired to produce raw pig iron, and the "secondary" side, where the product is shaped/formed/finished for customer use. In this case, the entire primary side and portions of the secondary are closing. Primary would include the blast furnaces and basic oxygen furnaces, so almost all of the activity on the Zug Island side would cease, including the operation of the "bottle trains" between Zug and Ecorse. The island won't be completely quiet. The coke oven operation at the south end of the island is owned by Detroit Edison and is not closing. Coke is produced here for several other steel mills.

According to the Great Lakes Works facility webpage, GLW includes:
PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Three blast vessels
Two top-blown basic oxygen process (BOP) vessels
Vacuum degasser
Ladle metallurgy facility
Two continuous slab casters
80" Hot strip mill
80" Pickle line
80" 5-Stand Cold reduction mill
Batch annealing facility
80" Temper mill
73" Hot-dip galvanizing line

Great Lakes Works, situated along the Detroit River in the communities of Ecorse and River Rouge, Mich., consists of both steelmaking and finishing facilities. Products manufactured at the plant include hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated sheet steels that are used primarily by customers in the automotive industry.

Great Lakes Works has an annual raw steelmaking capability of approximately 3.8 million net tons.
https://www.ussteel.com/locations/great-lakes-works


Some finishing operations will continue in Ecorse, according to the article: "A skeleton staff will remain on duty at Great lakes Works to handle remaining work or “additional operations” that will include what’s known as the Pickle Line, Cold Mill, Sheet Temper Mill, Continuous Galvanizing Line (CGL), Annealing and warehousing. ... The hot strip mill will continue for now but be idled by the end of the year."

Basically, the primary side will be replaced by steel slabs and/or coils coming from the Gary Works, so someone (NS or CN?) might get an uptick in traffic. But the Delray Connecting work will be drastically reduced, and there will be far fewer freighters calling at the island.

As Saturnalia mentioned, AK Dearborn Rouge Steel continues to operate its fully integrated works. In fact, AK just merged with iron ore pellet producer Cliffs Mining, and it's been said that the Dearborn facility is an important component of the new company, so fingers-crossed that's a good sign.

But you won't see this anymore:
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Re: Zug Island Works closing.

Unread postby Robertrains » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:09 am

arty flowers wrote:Does this spell the end of major steelmaking in Detroit? What parts are closing permanently? What will stay operating? What does the future hold for Zug Island as this is a major railroad customer in the Detroit area.

https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news ... hin-weeks/

OK, this topic has been brought up by Cinderpath on December 20, 2019: http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=36924 However, I went "Railfanning" once again near Belanger Park, River Rouge (my first time here was 11-30-2013)!!!! For 2020, I went on January 19, February 9, and March 1st!!!! Each of those times I caught the great Delray Connecting® "Hot Bottle Trains!!!!" :mrgreen: Does anyone here know how many locomotives Delray Connecting® currently owns? :?: I have not seen any of their "Yellow" engines recently, just one "Blue" one!!!! Does anyone know when the "Last" day of operation of those trains will be? :?: Sometime in April? :?: I am guessing that since the plants will be "Idled"....all those "Bottle" cars will stay stored at the closed plants. I hope these "Hot" trains will come back!!!! :(

My first DC "Hot Bottle Train" I saw was with "Yellow" MP15DC #372, January 26, 2014 (Mamiya RB 67 Medium Format camera): Image
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3788783


My second time was with "Yellow" SW1001 #64, April 6, 2015 (Mamiya C220 Medium Format camera..wish I used higher ASA film): Image
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5288737

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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5288740


These next four shots are from February 9, 2020 with
"Blue" DC SW1200 #65 (Canon T-90 35mm camera):
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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5289011


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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5289013


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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5289017
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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5289023


My last time (as of this post) was on March 1, 2020 with
"Blue" DC SW1200 #65 (Pentax 645 Medium Format camera): Image
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5289027
Robert Jackson (Extreme Railfan/Bluewater and Michigan Transit Museum member)

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Re: Zug Island Works closing.

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:38 am

Saw on fb in Michigan Railfans someone posted that the last bottle train ran yesterday? They are done.
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