CN Updates - February 2020

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby nichoff81 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:18 pm

Wb mixed freight with 2CN and 1GT mm 205 at 1220
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:30 pm

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby nichoff81 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:13 pm

Eb mixed freight with 2CN (lead unit was blue) mm 205 at 1411
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:59 pm

Very short eb manifest by 205 at 1550 with a single cn and maybe a dozen cars
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:02 pm

Last night a few hours after that extra or rerouted Container Train went SB past MP 22.5 its power drifted NB lite back to Pontiac.

Just now this power just headed light SB past MP 22.5 at 4 pm. So I presume this was either Train 514 SB today or that there will be an extra NB container train out of Moterm tonight. The last time something like this happened there was no 514 that day, just a rerouted 149, which makes sense I guess.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:40 pm

Hey Manistique.

I will keep an eye out for a possible NB intermodal. Can't post much during the week, but I'm home now for the weekend.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:47 pm

Train 251 with CN 5676 and 5660 NB passing MP 22.5 at 4:48 pm.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:14 pm

A NB doublestack is passing MP 22.5 at 7:13 pm with a DPU unit in the middle. Looked like the lite power I saw heading south earlier. I would guess it is that occasional Prince Rupert one heading back.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby GTW6401 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:31 pm

Q198 is the symbol for the intermodal with CN 3198 and CN 8884 is the DPU.

251 didn't work at Pontiac and pulled down to Scott Lake Road for the crew change.

515 came up the other main as 251 was going by MAL. CN 5459 again today.

513 also went to Draco this afternoon with the EJE 657. Got back into the yard around 4:30pm.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:43 pm

GTW6401 wrote:Q198 is the symbol for the intermodal with CN 3198 and CN 8884 is the DPU.



Through East Lansing at 21:39.
Could the symbol be 189? I thought that's what I heard.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:22 pm

Eastbound with CN 5792 plus 1 by Cory yard at 22:20.

Train 402 is working at Cory. CN cowl 2434 on the point. Not sure what the middle engine is, 3rd is the 2404.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:39 am

Two trains this morning SB out of Pontiac.

The first followed Amtrak 351 down the hill at a little after 6 am. I didn't get up to see it (much to my wife's surprise). Then at 7:15 am Train 116 went by with a single CN as power and a shorter train of all doublestacks.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:24 am

Hey Manistique - 116 eh? I wondered what train was by us around 6am this morning. Didn't look and still too dark. (He must have been running late).

Northbound 401 by Linden at 8:25am.

Didn't catch the power or car count.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby AARR » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:46 am

Northbound through Fraser. Sorry, no visual :(
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:04 pm

Train 251 is NB with 5755 leading 5789 elephant style passing MP 22.5 at 12 noon. A couple cars on the headend for Pontiac today.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:05 pm

Train 514 SB just went past MP 22.5 at 5 pm with 5413 and 5340 again and had a boxcar followed by a large number of empty well cars and a few loads at the end.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:06 pm

A weekend Local Train 515 just went SB past MP 22.5 with EJ&E SD38 657 (running in reverse) and a few cars at 6 pm.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020─EJE #657!!!!

Unread postby Robertrains » Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:35 am

Manistique wrote: » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:06 pm
A weekend Local Train 515 just went SB past MP 22.5 with EJ&E SD38 657 (running in reverse) and a few cars at 6 pm.
GTW6401 wrote: » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:31 pm
513 also went to Draco this afternoon with the EJE 657. Got back into the yard around 4:30pm.

Well, looks like EJE 657 is working trains on the "Holly Subdivision" some more!!!! :mrgreen: I will be going to Ferndale this afternoon (Sunday 2-23)! Would there be a chance this loco will be working a train there? Man I want to photograph it!!!! :!:
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:15 am

Busy morning on the Holly south of Pontiac. Amtrak 351 went past MP 22.5 on time. Right behind him on the same Main 1 was a slow moving freight that stopped out back, I presume because he bumped up against a red board from Amtrak at Opdyke Road. He was there about 15 minutes when I hear a train blowing for Opdyke, thinking it was him getting ready to head south. But it was a NB train. My guess is that the SB was 402 and the NB was 401 and they swapped crews at Opdyke Road today.

However, just now, at 7:10 am another SB went by that was also a mixed freight so I am not sure if my guess about 401 and 402 was correct or if this was 402. Anyway, busy morning here at MP 22.5 with not the usual morning visitors.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:44 am

Short Northbound 401 by Linden at 8:40am with 3 CN locomotives, 38 cars.

Hey Manistique - I think you are probably correct about 401/402. I wonder if the other Southbound you saw was 515 out of Pontiac. When you say he was mixed freight, that would eliminate a 280-type autorack train and would also eliminate a Sand Train, so either 515 or an extra would be my guess.

401 has become somewhat predictable lately as I sometimes get stopped by him on the way to work in the morning. (I have a hour drive, so I leave pretty early). He is Northbound usually between say 5am and 7am during the week...and maybe a little later on the weekends - Northbound yesterday by Linden at 8:25am and today at 8:40am. 402 is definitely earlier in the morning thru Linden, maybe 3 or 4 am usually (when I hear him).

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