Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

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Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:22 pm

On rrpicturearchives and the Fallen Flag railroad photos, if you look under GRE, you can find a few pictures of ex-Milwaukee boxcars with GR marks, shot in the late 90s. However, most of the pictures are from New England. There is one shot on the Fallen Flags site of a GR boxcar in Greenville. Were these ever intended for use here in Michigan or was RailTex just using their reporting mark? I just got a couple Milwaukee cars in HO that foot the bill and was thinking of patching them
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby AARR » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:25 pm

I was aware of MMRR box cars (ex-GTW) used in Greenville appliance service but not GRE. Very interesting.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:27 pm

AARR wrote:I was aware of MMRR box cars (ex-GTW) used in Greenville appliance service but not GRE. Very interesting.


I saw these a long time ago on Fallen Flags but never gave it a second thought. However seeing the HO MILW cars I just got jogged my memory. Heres the one that was supposedly shot in Greenville
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby SD80MAC » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:39 pm

There were also supposedly some Michigan Shore gondolas. I've got a lot of pics I've collected of the MMRR, GR and MS cars, I'll try to post them later.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby EWRice » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:42 pm

I would love to see a picture of a MS gon!
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:52 am

I believe the GR leased a small pool of boxes (20?)for a paper recycling operation in the warehouse of the RT London building (former Bergsma Furniture) . The guy was from Chitown, had a drop dead gorgeous "administrative assistant" but ended up talking a good story but the business never really materialized. GR got stuck with the lease. GR Ron probably remembers the car that caught fire at the dock :roll: Some of the cars sat at the Meijers siding for a while.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby Mr. Tops » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:35 pm

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3073249

The MS gons always ended up in Muskegon, though there was no use for them other than using them as buffer cars when going to Webb. I seem to recall something about another railroad using those reporting marks and the cars would get sent to Muskegon by mistake, though that doesn't make any sense. In reality, it was probably RailTex using the marks on their gondola fleet.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:43 am

Raildudes dad wrote:I believe the GR leased a small pool of boxes (20?)for a paper recycling operation in the warehouse of the RT London building (former Bergsma Furniture) . The guy was from Chitown, had a drop dead gorgeous "administrative assistant" but ended up talking a good story but the business never really materialized. GR got stuck with the lease. GR Ron probably remembers the car that caught fire at the dock :roll: Some of the cars sat at the Meijers siding for a while.


There's the explanation I was looking for! :lol:

As for the MS and MMRR gons, Id see them all the time on the IORY when I was in college in Lima. I'm still looking for pics but I think theyre some of the pics I lost :(
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby Doktor No » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:50 pm

We would get the MS gons from time to time at Wyoming. They were actually Michigan Southern gons for scrap loading in Sturgis and Michigan Shore didn't want them. We would send them that way and they would send them back.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby jrgerber » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:17 am

We used to see Erie Lackawanna gons come through Lansing once in a while on the CSX.
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Re: Grand Rapids Eastern boxcars?

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:05 pm

jrgerber wrote:We used to see Erie Lackawanna gons come through Lansing once in a while on the CSX.


We more then likely aquired them with the Conrail takeover. Also got a bunch of 3bay hoppers that were used in ballast service for some time. One or two was in the runaway down the hill from Elmdale to Lowell. There is a pic of one on its side at the crossing, Hudson Street? on the ex GTW main. We also had a few in the deadline in Wyoming yard for a long time.
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