CN September Updates 2017

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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:13 pm

blueheron13 wrote:
Manistique wrote:A NB on Main 2 of the Holly went past MP 22.5 at around 2 pm with a GE followed by a 5600. Different numbers than what was reported earlier going by on 503 through Detroit so maybe another reroute. Long train with some autoracks on the rear only. There had been restricted speeds on both mainline track behind my house for a few weeks but the trains are running at speed again starting yesterday. Track crews from Holland Co. were cutting out sections of welded rail all this week on both mains out back and are gone now so that must have been the reason. And Main 2 is getting much much more use these past two weeks than for a couple years.


Manistique,

I miss your comprehensive daily reports! Do you know if Q119 trains still go north from Moterm from time to time? On ATCS, I saw a train leave Moterm yesterday evening and go north, eventually showing up at Durand and turning west. Wondered if it might be a Q119.

Don't know what train you saw at 2 PM today. The L503 was already on the Holly Sub by about 12:30 PM, so it wasn't that. ATCS was showing a SB at Nolan at 12:30. If this train was a re-route and turned north at the junction, it could have been what you saw. I was at lunch so I don't know for sure.


I was not home last night so do not know if there was a 119 or not though I did hear something go NB around 11 pm but was in bed and didn't get out to look. Thought it was a late 391 but that is a bit late for that train now that I think of it.

That great increase of containers to and from Moterm that we read about this summer has not materialized. If there was a 119 last night it was the first one in a month or so.

Today I was walking and heard a NB passing Opdyke Road around 12:30 pm and from the road horn presume it was 503 (when is it going to revert to 451?). That is why I was a bit surprised by that second NB an hour or so later and it didn't look like a 503 from the consist.

I got bored with basically giving the same report day after day so decided to back off and just report the odd stuff going by. The normal train pattern on the south end of the Holly is really almost on a schedule this past year or so and hasn't changed a bit.
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby blueheron13 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:08 pm

Tier4GEVO wrote:CN R90861-29 is working CN Lang Yard in Toledo, OH with a duo of BCOL cowl units. This R90861-29 builds M39161-29.

For later on, M39161-29 should have:
BCOL C40-8M #4617
BCOL C40-8M #4609


At Milwaukee Jct now. Startled some people taking some senior picture-type photos on tracks.
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:42 pm

391 OS MP 22.5 at 7:41pm with the two BC Rail cowl units. I don't recall ever seeing two on a train before.
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby ogauge47 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:33 pm

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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby blueheron13 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:28 am

Clicking through to Flickr on picture, looks like you also caught this one at Delray? Nicely done!
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:41 am

What looks like an early 503/451 NB passing MP 22.5 at 10:40 am with cowl CN 2431 leading an EMD/CAT, dragging its heals as Amtrak 352 just flew by him on Main 1 so he had a restricting signal at Opdyke Road as Amtrak had to cross over to Main 1 at MAL Junction. Does anyone recall why it is named MAL Junction? Just testing you youngsters.
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby Robertrains » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:45 am

Manistique wrote:What looks like an early 503/451 NB passing MP 22.5 at 10:40 am with cowl CN 2431 leading an EMD/CAT, dragging its heals as Amtrak 352 just flew by him on Main 1....

WOW!!!! What is this EMD/CAT locomotive? This would be a good train to see!!!! OK, you mean "Amtrak 353" since 352 is northbound at night!!!!
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:53 am

Robertrains wrote:
Manistique wrote:What looks like an early 503/451 NB passing MP 22.5 at 10:40 am with cowl CN 2431 leading an EMD/CAT, dragging its heals as Amtrak 352 just flew by him on Main 1....

WOW!!!! What is this EMD/CAT locomotive? This would be a good train to see!!!! OK, you mean "Amtrak 353" since 352 is northbound at night!!!!

The EMD is just a normal SD70M-2, similar to the CAT-painted demo units, but in CN paint.
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Re: CN September Updates 2017

Unread postby TrainStuff13 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:55 am

Manistique wrote: Does anyone recall why it is named MAL Junction? Just testing you youngsters.

Used to be the junction with the Michigan Air Line. Too bad those signals were replaced, eh?
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