Where Is It?

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:29 am

It looks like Featherstone Rd down by Constantine

Good job DaveO guessing the Island Lake State Park photo
I thought I read somewhere that the gravel mining company decided to mine elsewhere but I can't find that now.

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~Z~ wrote:I can at least confirm the photo on google says it's within the Island Lake State Recreation Area. Close enough :)

Where be this one? Where be it?


Grand Elk, south of Kalamazoo.

It is on Grand elk, south of Kzoo somewhere. I'll give it till tomorrow unless someone can guess earlier.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:49 am

~Z~ wrote:
Avnx wrote:
~Z~ wrote:I can at least confirm the photo on google says it's within the Island Lake State Recreation Area. Close enough :)

Where be this one? Where be it?


Grand Elk, south of Kalamazoo.

It is on Grand elk, south of Kzoo somewhere. I'll give it till tomorrow unless someone can guess earlier.



Featherstone Road, NE of Constantine on the Grand Elk. in Constantine Township, St. Joseph County. Grand Elk RR was the former LS&MS RR, later NYCS that ran between Elkhart, IN and Grand Rapids. Passenger train service on that trackage between Elkhart and GR was discontinued many years ago.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby ~Z~ » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:49 am

Michael wrote:It looks like Featherstone Rd down by Constantine

Good work Avnx and Michael, it is Featherstone Rd just north of Constantine. I was down there getting this shot of Grand Elk heading south:
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:55 pm

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:23 pm

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Buster Manning » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Looks like the line that ends at Port Dolomite going over the intersection of N. Quarry Rd. and E. Swede Rd.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:40 pm

Buster Manning wrote:Looks like the line that ends at Port Dolomite going over the intersection of N. Quarry Rd. and E. Swede Rd.



yes, that's north of Port Dolomite at the overpass over E. Swede Road just east of N. Quarry Road in the da UP about 20 miles west of Detour and Drummond Island.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby hoborich » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:28 pm

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:21 am

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Buster Manning wrote:Looks like the line that ends at Port Dolomite going over the intersection of N. Quarry Rd. and E. Swede Rd.
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Re: Where Is It?

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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby fmilhaupt » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:14 am

That's looking south from Park St/Lynn Street crossing of the GLC in Ashley, with the Middleton branch heading off to the right.

...and if we were to take Google's bad stitching-together of the photo literally, the future site of a GLC train wreck...
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Pixl » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:11 am

Michael wrote:Image


The disturbed soil in front of the hi-rail suggests there may have been a wye here at one time.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby AARR » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:31 am

I agree with fmilhaupt, Ashley.
Pixl wrote:The disturbed soil in front of the hi-rail suggests there may have been a wye here at one time.

I think you're correct Pixl about a wye being there but I can't recall details other than if there was a wye it was removed a very long time ago. 1940's or 50's perhaps.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:58 pm

I looked at a 1916 topographic map. There was a small stub ended wye northwest of the switch.

http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/michigan/txu-pclmaps-topo-mi-elsie-1916.jpg

My guess is that the wye was used to turn locomotives.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby MQT1223 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:56 pm

There was a Wye, and remember that the Middleton Branch at one time was the original Grand Trunk mainline that went straight across the state from Muskegon to Saginaw if I remember right. It was one of 3 railroads that went straight across the state early on in Michigan's history.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby railrod1949 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:20 pm

Pixl wrote:
Michael wrote:Image


The disturbed soil in front of the hi-rail suggests there may have been a wye here at one time.




Yes, definitely looking southeast from Park and Lynn streets crossing of the GLC in Ashley, Gratiot County. looking southeast along the former AA RR, now GLC RR, towards M-57. Final run of the remaining passenger train on the former AARR, between Toledo, OH and Frankfort/Boat Landing/Elberta, was made on July 19, 1950. The trackage to the right was the former GTW RR Greenville Sub to Greenville, now part of the GLC RR Middleton Branch that also cross US-127 at grade in Ola, just north of M-57.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby AARR » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:15 am

This segment went from Ashley to Muskegon. It connected with AA at Ashley.
O Scale Railfanner wrote:the Middleton Branch at one time was the original Grand Trunk mainline that went straight across the state from Muskegon to Saginaw
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:53 am

Good job Fritz

Here is a topo map of Ashley from 1950 although I think it is just a reprint of the 1919 edition.
A 1970's era map shows the wye was no longer there
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby MQT1223 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:01 pm

AARR wrote:This segment went from Ashley to Muskegon. It connected with AA at Ashley.
O Scale Railfanner wrote:the Middleton Branch at one time was the original Grand Trunk mainline that went straight across the state from Muskegon to Saginaw


Oh. I thought it was northern GT main.
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Re: Where Is It?

Unread postby Michael » Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:08 pm

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