West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby NS3322 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:37 pm

Firemedic Mike wrote:Hanson Logistics is not a customer. The locomotives are parked there and the siding is used to help rearrange cars, but Hanson’s does not currently use rail service in Hartford.


I am pretty sure the "new" WMI hauled one car load for Hanson's and they then quit using rail service.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:48 pm

That's correct. Here it is:

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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby NS3322 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:33 pm

SD80MAC wrote:That's correct. Here it is:

ImageThe New West Michigan Railroad by Jonathon Leese, on Flickr


Nice photo! What the heck happened to the roof of the boxcar?

I never did get a shot of the old NW2u #100...
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby RailfanVBC » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:00 pm

After viewing the new video showing all the new customers and reading the recent STB documents filed by the Lake Cora people, I am wondering what it would take to rebuild past Lake Cora?
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Tim » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:14 am

Concerning the box car roof, somewhere it encountered a hard impact and the load bounced up hitting the roof.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Doktor No » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:32 am

Tim wrote:Concerning the box car roof, somewhere it encountered a hard impact and the load bounced up hitting the roof.

Or a fork lift operator 'raised the roof' with his forks!
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby DaveO » Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:42 pm

Doktor No wrote:
Tim wrote:Concerning the box car roof, somewhere it encountered a hard impact and the load bounced up hitting the roof.

Or a fork lift operator 'raised the roof' with his forks!

My guess as well. Confined space? What confined space? :!:
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby dave989 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:03 pm

Was in Hartford yesterday and business on the West Michigan has increased. The rubber recycling place had three cars ready for pickup, and at least 2 dozen tank cars on the branch. I know they are loading corn syrup but there must be another reason for so many tank cars. They were actually switching behind Hansens Logistics with tank cars and large covered hoppers. The line has been rehabed as far east as CR681. Have seen no sign that they will go farther east yet.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Doktor No » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:30 pm

Back a few years ago they used to store tank cars that hauled aircraft de-icing fluids...obviously not needed this time of year. I have no idea though...if they're doing that now.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:08 am

No tank car storage, they're all revenue cars.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:28 am

That is good news then.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Mike H » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:28 am

No corn syrup either. Fun fact of the day, there are no corn syrup production plants in Michigan. I personally have never seen one that isn't directly on rail.

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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:51 am

Mike H wrote:No corn syrup either. Fun fact of the day, there are no corn syrup production plants in Michigan. I personally have never seen one that isn't directly on rail.

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It may not be a production plant, but there is a ADM Corn Syrup Terminal in Battle Creek!
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Mike H » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:12 pm

NS3322 wrote:
Mike H wrote:No corn syrup either. Fun fact of the day, there are no corn syrup production plants in Michigan. I personally have never seen one that isn't directly on rail.

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It may not be a production plant, but there is a ADM Corn Syrup Terminal in Battle Creek!


They unload, not load corn syrup & at least at one time a smaller amount of granular sugar. It's not like they are going to unload it at Battle Creek, then truck it to Hartford to be loaded back into cars lol.

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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:57 pm

It’s been along time since anybody has posted on this thread So I thought I would update it.....The West Michigan railroad is alive and well!!!
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:00 pm

Just saw CSX D700 roll past my window with rubber chip hoppers a box car and a tank car or three headed for the west Michigan railway
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:16 pm

The 3 high side gons are for the WMI. The tanks might also be for them as well.
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:32 pm

Q329 today had 3 high gons for the WMI
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby lighthouse » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:10 pm

D 700 just rolled back past my window heading east with most of the 16 covered hoppers that were delivered to the WMI last week along with some high side gondolas and bringing up the rear a CSX box car
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Re: West Michigan RR Abandonment Petition Coming

Unread postby Mike H » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:56 am

The boxcars go to Menasha in Coloma. D700 had 1 in & 1 out lately. I'm just guessing, but in years past it seemed like they probably didn't do more than 12 cars a year if that. The past few months they seemed to have been getting cars more frequently, but definitely not in a consistent manner. I kind of thought they had given up on rail so it's nice to see them getting cars again even if it is only once in a while. It definitely adds some variety to the train south of Holland.

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