GLC Ballast train on 24 Sept 2019

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GLC Ballast train on 24 Sept 2019

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Great Lakes Central ran a ballast work train along the Traverse City district on Tuesday, 24 Sept 2019.
GP38-2's 399 and 396 spread 15 hoppers along the mainline starting at MP 15 and working towards Traverse City.

Early in the day, speading stone.
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As the day progress's, about 10 cars through the 15 cars.
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Loads spread and the hopper doors secure, 399-396 roll towards Traverse City along Keystone Rd.
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With orders to run to Amerhart to pick up two empty cars delivered on the 23rd. 396-399 drop the ballast cars along with two other lumber
empty centerbeam cars at the depot track and head towards Bates. Note the earthwork being done along the tracks.
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Train would tie up in Traverse City for the night and return to Cadillac next day.


Here's a shot from the 23 Sept 2019 train taking the two loads to Amerhart, crossing Holiday Rd.
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Re: GLC Ballast train on 24 Sept 2019

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Thank you for the photos KC.

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As always great pictures and story, KC.
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Re: GLC Ballast train on 24 Sept 2019

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We used to use a railroad tie in front of the wheels and come alongs to secure the hopper doors to unload ballast. Unlatch the doors and then release SLOWLY the come alongs and let the stone come out in a nice even flow. The tie made a fantastic spreader....until you hit a switch frog guard rail and the hopper ran over the tie and derailed...been there done that! WHOOPSIE! Well MofW did it, they were in control...no harm no foul.
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