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CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:08 am
by Talk
I am interested in learning about the Montague Subdivision. What kind of industries were served and such

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:11 am
by Saturnalia
Primary industry for many years were the two chemical plants on the north side of Montague. Once that traffic dried up, the rails were pulled in fairly short order.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:12 am
by Talk
Saturnalia wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:11 am
Primary industry for many years were the two chemical plants on the north side of Montague. Once that traffic dried up, the rails were pulled in fairly short order.
Ahh. That would make sense. Thank you

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:07 am
by Ben Higdon
Are you referring to only the trackage from the north side of Muskegon up to Montague? For a time the line south of Muskegon was technically also part of the Montague Sub.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:22 am
by Standard Railfan
The line originally continued north to Shelby and Hart. There were a number of fruit and vegetable packing houses located in the area.
I believe the line north of Montague was abandoned around 1980.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:48 am
by Raildudes dad
Hooker Chemical and DuPont. Hooker is a Superfund site. Their 50 ton 2 axle GE went to Coopersville & Marne and then the Michigan Southern in White Pigeon. It has since left there. The 50 ton 4 axle from DuPont is currently on the Coopersville & Marne

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:12 am
by Doktor No
Just google Hooker Chemical Montague. That alone should keep you busy for awhile. Dangerous place, very creepy to go into and switch. Did it a few times. Didn't enjoy it.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:26 pm
by EWRice
I thought I remember reading that, way back, the tracks went all the way to the south side of Pentwater. I know there was a few fruit plants, lumber yards and elevators along the way.

As far as Hooker goes, I did some research a few years ago on that site. Holy Sh!$. That was a hell of a mess. You know its bad when they burry everything in a clay lined pit, cover it with a pyramid shaped mound and place a huge tombstone in the corner of the property stating what chemical everything is contaminated with for generations down the road to read. Look up the chemical known as C-56.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:04 pm
by SD80MAC
EWRice wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:26 pm
I thought I remember reading that, way back, the tracks went all the way to the south side of Pentwater. I know there was a few fruit plants, lumber yards and elevators along the way.

As far as Hooker goes, I did some research a few years ago on that site. Holy Sh!$. That was a hell of a mess. You know its bad when they burry everything in a clay lined pit, cover it with a pyramid shaped mound and place a huge tombstone in the corner of the property stating what chemical everything is contaminated with for generations down the road to read. Look up the chemical known as C-56.
I believe the farthest north they went was Whitehall.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:01 pm
by jrgerber
These two diagrams are from the Muskegon Railroad Historical Society Facebook page.

Re: CSX Montague Subdivision History

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:09 pm
by Standard Railfan
SD80MAC wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:04 pm
EWRice wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:26 pm
I thought I remember reading that, way back, the tracks went all the way to the south side of Pentwater. I know there was a few fruit plants, lumber yards and elevators along the way.

As far as Hooker goes, I did some research a few years ago on that site. Holy Sh!$. That was a hell of a mess. You know its bad when they burry everything in a clay lined pit, cover it with a pyramid shaped mound and place a huge tombstone in the corner of the property stating what chemical everything is contaminated with for generations down the road to read. Look up the chemical known as C-56.
I believe the farthest north they went was Whitehall.
You are correct sir. http://www.michiganrailroads.com/stati ... ntwater-mi