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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby AARR » Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:50 pm

Larry - I'll bet there's a good possibility you'll be there to take pictures when that first train arrives :)
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Larry G » Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:38 pm

AARR wrote:Larry - I'll bet there's a good possibility you'll be there to take pictures when that first train arrives :)


If someone will tip me off I will try to drive up to document. :)

Looks like no activity can happen yet because of MOW work needed. Just south of the MA tower a large pile of dirt on the tracks blocking south to the scrap yard. A crew will need to come in to gauge and lift some of the ties out of the muck for sure. Also the street crossings will probably need to be picked out before a train can come down off the CSX above Willow St. I doubt much will happen until the weather warms up.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Larry G » Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:23 pm

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Looking south on the spur in North Lansing to be reactivated near MA Tower. Fencing and a dirt pile will have to be removed before trains can service the scrap yard. Photo taken 1-6-11 This photo was left out of an earlier post will the other photos from a set taken last Thursday. Scroll back one page to see them.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby J T » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:51 am

Larry G wrote:Also the street crossings will probably need to be picked out before a train can come down off the CSX above Willow St. I doubt much will happen until the weather warms up.

Willow St? I think you're confusing that spur with another. :wink:
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Larry G » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:48 pm

J T wrote:
Larry G wrote:Also the street crossings will probably need to be picked out before a train can come down off the CSX above Willow St. I doubt much will happen until the weather warms up.

Willow St? I think you're confusing that spur with another. :wink:




Yes, I should have written East North Street instead of Willow.

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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby PAT.C » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:57 am

Yes, I should have written East North Street instead of Willow.

LARRY, AN OCCASIONAL MISTAKE IS TOLERATED HERE.
DISREGARD JT [HE IS A BEER SNOB :lol: :lol: ] - I'LL HAVE A TALK WITH HIM SOON AT JOE'S GIZZARD CITY.

THIS THREAD IS GREAT - PLEASE KEEP IT GOING WITH INFO AND PICS.

MAYBE A MINI LANSING MEET MIGHT BE IN OUR FUTURE. :D :D :D


SOMETHING ELSE TO LOOK AT - JUST EAST OF CASHWAY LUMBER [W.GR.RVR.] IS A HEAVY EQUIPMENT REPAIR PLACE.
ANY INFO / HISTORY ABOUT IT ???
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby J T » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:22 pm

PAT.C wrote:LARRY, AN OCCASIONAL MISTAKE IS TOLERATED HERE.
DISREGARD JT [HE IS A BEER SNOB :lol: :lol: ] - I'LL HAVE A TALK WITH HIM SOON AT JOE'S GIZZARD CITY.

And when you talk to me at Joe's, I'll give you a tutorial on proper quoting techniques. :lol:
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Hogger1225 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:16 pm

Ah, give it a rest and just pull his finger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Tim » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:10 pm

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The place near Cashway Lbr is a second location for Reid Machinery. They usually have a heavy duty flat here and at the MLK location.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby PAT.C » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:51 pm

ARE THE HEAVY DUTY FLATS TAKEN OFF PROPERTY ???

I SAW ON BING THAT THERE IS ONE AT THE S.LOGAN [ALWAYS WILL BE LOGAN TO ME ] SITE ALSO.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Tim » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:25 am

The one on south Logan has ventured out on at least one occasion I know of but it was 5+ years ago. Could be they have reached the 50 year age block. The one on Logan is a General Steel Castings car cast in one piece with, if I recall correctly, a six and four wheel truck under each end.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby J T » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:49 am

PAT.C wrote:ARE THE HEAVY DUTY FLATS TAKEN OFF PROPERTY ???

I SAW ON BING THAT THERE IS ONE AT THE S.LOGAN [ALWAYS WILL BE LOGAN TO ME ] SITE ALSO.


Where exactly is the Logan site?
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Tim » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:05 am

It's in the old Lindell Drop Forge plant. The car is back behind the buildings and I don't think you can see it without driving into the plant.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby MichRails » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:15 pm

Here's a couple of photos of the cars on Reids Spur(that's the one on Logan). The build date on the depressed car is 1962, but the heavy-duty flat BD is 1980, still a few miles left. Also have a few other photos of the place if interested.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby rustbeltrailroad » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:25 pm

Here are some pic I took at Reid last summer... Same fr8, different position.


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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby J T » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:40 pm

Tim wrote:It's in the old Lindell Drop Forge plant. The car is back behind the buildings and I don't think you can see it without driving into the plant.

Ah, yes...I know where that is now. Gregg P and I walked back there last year and all the way to the end of the tracks in the woods.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby sd70accsxt700 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:54 pm

Oh wow what a find, and I did not notice it until I seen the trucks.

The CNUR 511 is former NKP.

Looking through my NKP freight car diagrams book, put out long time ago by TLC Publishing, it shows to be one of two cars.

Here are the specs

Car #'s 2906 & 2908 250 Ton Depressed Flat.
Built by Greenville Steel Car Co.
Total length over coupler pulling faces is, 83'-10"
Had a as buil load limit of 510,000 lbs. and a light weight of 220,700 lbs.
Center of gravity =28", Max. Curve = 38 degrees.

Wow sure would be nice to see that thing end up at the Mad River & NKP.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:26 pm

Sorry to bump an old thread but I explored the Old Town area today for myself. Now that the snow is gone, the extent of the trackwork to be done can be seen.
A couple of the tower. That door sure looks irregulrly tall:
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Aside from track, This has to be one of the bigger problems in Old Town and needs to be taken care of before the recycling place uses rail. However this Yaris would make a nice hood ornament for a GP9:
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Looking north:
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Looking South:
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Rails to the recycling center.
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Snow pile on the rails:
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Switch stand for the plant:
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Old coal silos? Noticed some blankets attached on the othe side of the silos, someone may be living in them.
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Some kind of monument?:
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby J T » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:31 pm

GrandTrunkFan wrote:Sorry to bump an old thread...

Don't be sorry, Nick. New commentary and photos are always appreciated. Just more stuff to compare once the tracks are rehabilitated. :-)

EDIT:

Now that the snow is gone, the extent of the trackwork to be done can be seen.


Not for long! Coming down pretty hard outside right now...maybe several inches today. :D
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby AARR » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:31 pm

Nice photos Nick Looks like there is a little more work than I thought to get it ready for rail service.
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