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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:09 pm

J T wrote:
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chapmaja wrote:Where exactly is this car that's being moved located at? Also what remains of the Ottawa Beach branch in terms of customers? How often is the branch served and by which train.

Located next to Sluggo's Pizzeria at 321 Douglas Ave, Holland, MI 49424.

Next to Brewery 4 Two 4 as well. :-) And also very close to an old ROW that used to cross Douglas Ave. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the car has been sitting in a spot on the old alignment.


From what I've been told, the car was sitting on that alignment. The rails were supposed to have been removed when the parking lot between the car (er, where it used to be) and Douglas Ave was installed, so what's currently in place would likely be all that remains of the spur. And rumor has it that we're taking those rails to Port Huron as well...
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby J T » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:52 pm

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From what I've been told, the car was sitting on that alignment. The rails were supposed to have been removed when the parking lot between the car (er, where it used to be) and Douglas Ave was installed, so what's currently in place would likely be all that remains of the spur. And rumor has it that we're taking those rails to Port Huron as well...

Yeah, I always figured that car was sitting on the alignment based on its angled position to the building.

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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:49 am

Ah...so that's where the spur wound up. It's hard to picture on the ground. Thanks for sharing the map.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby J T » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:54 am

Where the spur originally went to is now Howard B. Dunton Park on Howard St. By the time I was old enough to be aware of that spur in the early 70s, it was already grown over and I wouldn't be surprised if the industry it served was already long gone. And that map is from 1912, so...
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:08 pm

It's starting to sound like the move might actually happen over the course of this weekend. DTE203's starting to sound pretty excited.

Updates can be found on the GTW 206447 reefer move page via the PH&D RRHS' page on Facebook.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby KenB » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:48 am

Has this reefer moved to Pt. Huron and been unloaded?
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:43 pm

KenB wrote:Has this reefer moved to Pt. Huron and been unloaded?


No. The truck that was supposed to move it this past weekend broke on Friday. Something will probably be posted before the next scheduled attempt to move it though. My understanding is that they have the necessary permits in hand at this time though (which was a problem when this thread was started)...
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:55 pm

Sounds like they're going to try again this coming weekend. Same plan as last week, with the overnight in Perry Saturday night.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby KenB » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:17 am

Any up-dates? Will reefer move today, get to PH on sunday and be off loaded?
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:44 pm

Sorry Ken, the move was called off Wednesday or Thursday, account of a driver not being ready. To be honest, I'm not really sure which driver- the guy coordinating the move was supposed to be on vacation this weekend anyway, and he REALLY wants to see it move. More than anybody else, I think...
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby KenB » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:02 am

Thank you. Let us know in advance when it will move.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:51 am

KenB wrote:Thank you. Let us know in advance when it will move.


As much as possible. Every time it's been announced as moving so far, something has interfered. The project mantra has become 'expect the unexpected'.

I honestly expect weekly moving announcements from now until it actually moves, only to have most announcements cancelled for various reasons sometime mid to late week.

If you're on Facebook, the PH&D RRHS is announcing the expected move dates on their page, as well as the (so far) following cancellations.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby C&O6084 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:58 am

I honestly expect weekly moving announcements from now until it actually moves


No kidding. :lol:
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:43 am

Permit issued to travel across 84th St in Kent County for 8/4/17.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby Doktor No » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:04 am

Raildudes dad wrote:Permit issued to travel across 84th St in Kent County for 8/4/17.

The first reefer in Byron Center in 40 plus years. Maybe they can pickup a load of carrots while they're there?
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:31 pm

The first train of any kind to Byron Center since 1974.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:34 pm

First, Ken, my apologies for the short notice on this post.

Second, the truck is supposed to be enroute to Holland to retrieve the trailer the reefer is sitting on. Every other day I've been over here lately, it's been sunny and the reefer hasn't left the parking lot. Maybe the rain will be what we need to get this thing on the road.

Third, it's Railfans Weekend at Crossroads Village (Genesee County) this weekend. (Figured I'd throw it in, since I'm making a list anyway...)

So... still no guarantees, but...we still have a few memories of a time when we hoped this thing would move...
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby O Scale Railfanner » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:32 pm

The reefer has left Sluggo's!
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:39 am

It's on its way to PH, but it won't move aga until Sunday, from what I've heard, as there's a mechanical problem with a piece of equipment needed to offload the reefer in PH, which is supposed to be resolved tomorrow... probably.
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Re: GTW Reefer to leave Tomorrow

Unread postby KenB » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:53 am

Where is it parked?
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