Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby HESR3868 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:15 pm

ONTN swapped power in Clare with CSTN. CSTN has 397 leading the 329 north and ONTN has 382 leading the 393 back south.

13:14 crews are putting trains together in Clare.
13:22 CSTN is leaving town northbound and ONTN is switching the Plastic Company.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:38 pm

397 and 329 into Cadillac at 1520 with 21 cars. Mostly ties, couple cottonseed cars and tanks. Nothing for TC. Plenty of cement and plastics hoppers sitting in Tufford Yard waiting to go north.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:57 pm

Well they must have been up here in TC today. I didn't see them but there was sand pushed up out of the flange guides at both Airport rd. crossings. There were two box cars on the main in front of Beacon salvage, maybe to be scrapped.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby Henry F. Burger » Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:08 pm

From which railroad are the boxcars?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:23 am

397 and 10 tie gons leaving Cadillac at 0900. Most likely only running to McBain this morning.

Edit: Back into town at 1005.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:48 am

Not 100 % sure, but sounded like 397 is headed north of Cadillac at 1045.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:49 pm

Henry F. Burger wrote:From which railroad are the boxcars?

Henry, one was a beat up blue car with small TSBY markings, the other was a sort of orange/brown, but couldn't see the markings.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AARR » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:01 pm

Orange/brown sounds like one of the old AA 50's
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Henry F. Burger wrote:From which railroad are the boxcars?

Henry, one was a beat up blue car with small TSBY markings, the other was a sort of orange/brown, but couldn't see the markings.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby TC Man » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:06 pm

AARR wrote:Orange/brown sounds like one of the old AA 50's
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Henry F. Burger wrote:From which railroad are the boxcars?

Henry, one was a beat up blue car with small TSBY markings, the other was a sort of orange/brown, but couldn't see the markings.


I found my log in!!

No train yesterday, but one today. Those two box cars have been there over a year. There were also (as of yesterday) 2 gons loaded with scrap at Beacon, and an empty center beam at Amerhart.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:11 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:Not 100 % sure, but sounded like 397 is headed north of Cadillac at 1045.


Saw 397 back on the north end at 1545. Looked like a short string of tanks and cement hoppers brought back into town.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:12 pm

No train yesterday, but one today. Those two box cars have been there over a year. There were also (as of yesterday) 2 gons loaded with scrap at Beacon, and an empty center beam at Amerhart.

I wonder why they are just sitting on the main. Are they to be scrapped or maybe used for storage?
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby bnsfben » Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:24 pm

GLC loaded rail train north through Vernon at 1223. 396 leading.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby TC Man » Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:38 pm

Pixl wrote:
No train yesterday, but one today. Those two box cars have been there over a year. There were also (as of yesterday) 2 gons loaded with scrap at Beacon, and an empty center beam at Amerhart.

I wonder why they are just sitting on the main. Are they to be scrapped or maybe used for storage?


To be scrapped like all the other TSBY cars they scrapped in the last couple years. One looks to be filled with junk (guessing metals that came from GLC to also be scrapped). I would not call that sitting on the main anymore being the track is OOS beyond those cars (section of rail pulled to make it legit).
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:26 pm

Leaving Cadillac towards Clare at 1140. Continued on to Marion and spotted the empty gons that were pulled on the siding.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:54 am

329 and 397 leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0940. Almost 30 cars. I'm assuming the empty gons in Marion will be added to the consist.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:55 am

Leaving Cadillac for Clare at 0945. Had not returned as of 1600.

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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby penn central » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:05 pm

Heads up Train Watchers in the Ithaca area a good sized train heading your way. A lot of CBFX grain hoppers and CBTX tank cars on the head end for Zeeland Farm Services im in Owosso at the M21 grade crossing i missed the power.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:59 am

Nothing seen or heard on the south side of Cadillac this morning. Assuming northbound. Didn't catch the inbounds the past two days. I do know there was cement waiting to go north in Tufford.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby LansingRailFan » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:43 am

GLC has another big drop for CSX today. D708 is headed out there shortly from Lansing to clear out siding and drop some stuff off.
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Re: Great Lakes Central Updates March 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:43 pm

397 & 328? Working the bean plant in Ithaca at 1641. A string of grain card in there today
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