GLC Updates May 2018

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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Tue May 15, 2018 8:42 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1810. Everything after the sand cars was taken to the north yard.



Last car is for Beacon so looks like 3 cars for Beacon in TC now.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed May 16, 2018 9:14 am

Sounded like northbound out of Cadillac shortly after 0900.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Wed May 16, 2018 4:16 pm

Heard them return from the north at 1615.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AARR » Wed May 16, 2018 4:25 pm

The cement cars are right after the sand cars. In a few months the clean shiny sand cars will probably be as dirty as the cement cars :) .
AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1810. Everything after the sand cars was taken to the north yard.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby Pixl » Wed May 16, 2018 8:59 pm

AARR wrote:You are very fortunate to have watched this operation, Pixl. And you are correct about the flat cars between the engine and ferry. It was to keep the engine of the apron/ship


Another detail I recall was the plants and small trees growing out of the flat cars while they were still in service. I take it they spent years sitting on the ferry dock never carrying any loads, just pushing cars.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Thu May 17, 2018 10:20 am

Pixl wrote:
AARR wrote:You are very fortunate to have watched this operation, Pixl. And you are correct about the flat cars between the engine and ferry. It was to keep the engine of the apron/ship


Another detail I recall was the plants and small trees growing out of the flat cars while they were still in service. I take it they spent years sitting on the ferry dock never carrying any loads, just pushing cars.


If GLC went north yesterday, it was not to TC. 2 empty center beams from last week at Amerhart, and the 3 gons in Cadillac for Beacon are not in TC yet. Looks like Beacon has a couple or three hoppers and that box car on their siding.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby Todd_F » Thu May 17, 2018 1:39 pm

TC Man wrote:
Pixl wrote:
AARR wrote:You are very fortunate to have watched this operation, Pixl. And you are correct about the flat cars between the engine and ferry. It was to keep the engine of the apron/ship


Another detail I recall was the plants and small trees growing out of the flat cars while they were still in service. I take it they spent years sitting on the ferry dock never carrying any loads, just pushing cars.


If GLC went north yesterday, it was not to TC. 2 empty center beams from last week at Amerhart, and the 3 gons in Cadillac for Beacon are not in TC yet. Looks like Beacon has a couple or three hoppers and that box car on their siding.
Maybe Friday?? Someone on Facebook posted seeing a NBD GLC train through Durand last night (Wednesday) with a loaded centerbeam in the consist.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Thu May 17, 2018 6:23 pm

Heard them in Cadillac this morning, heard them again around 1330. Didn't run to Clare today. Possible run to Yuma. Also heard MOW equipment moving around the north side. They are doing some track work north of town.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri May 18, 2018 10:33 am

390, 398 and 399 left Cadillac for Clare at 1010 with 4 tanks, 1 empty centerbeam, 2 tanks, 2 coke, 16 cement, 3 tanks and 22 sand. Wind is out of southeast, heard them almost all the way to McBain.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Fri May 18, 2018 5:40 pm

Returned to Cadillac at 1650.

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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby MiRailProductions » Fri May 18, 2018 6:45 pm

AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1650.



I like that blue DJJX gon!
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby TC Man » Fri May 18, 2018 8:30 pm

MiRailProductions wrote:
AANscaleRunner wrote:Returned to Cadillac at 1650.



I like that blue DJJX gon!



Sounds like gons for Beacon in TC. Nice!
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby Pixl » Sat May 19, 2018 4:50 pm

MiRailProductions wrote: I like that blue DJJX gon!


I've watched these gons being loaded at Beacon, they use a magnetic crane to drop scrap into them. But how do they unload them at the other end? Seems a magnetic crane might pick up the whole car.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AARR » Sat May 19, 2018 7:13 pm

I'm pretty sure they unload using a magnetic crane too but you make a good point, Pixl. I don't know how they prevent the magnet from picking up the whole car. :?
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MiRailProductions wrote: I like that blue DJJX gon!


I've watched these gons being loaded at Beacon, they use a magnetic crane to drop scrap into them. But how do they unload them at the other end? Seems a magnetic crane might pick up the whole car.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Sat May 19, 2018 7:57 pm

Pixl wrote:
MiRailProductions wrote: I like that blue DJJX gon!


I've watched these gons being loaded at Beacon, they use a magnetic crane to drop scrap into them. But how do they unload them at the other end? Seems a magnetic crane might pick up the whole car.


One would need a really big magnet and an even bigger crane to pick up the car. Pretty sure they can turn on the magnet and the loose stuff will attach to the magnet.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby KC8RBK » Sat May 19, 2018 9:19 pm

I used to see them unloading cars like that when I hauled into North star Bluescope in Delta, Ohio. I think the magnets are variable, it's not just on and off. The trick is having it high enough to lift the scrap and not the car. Derailments in places like that are fairly common though. At least once a month I'd see a crew in there putting cars back on the tracks and just imagine I was only there a few minutes a day.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby firemedic54 » Sun May 20, 2018 10:08 am

4 unit grain train southbound from Durand.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Sun May 20, 2018 12:06 pm

firemedic54 wrote:4 unit grain train southbound from Durand.

By Howell south at 11:05am. 396+397+382+329. Should be in Osmer by now.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby penn central » Sun May 20, 2018 1:18 pm

BL2-1843 wrote:
firemedic54 wrote:4 unit grain train southbound from Durand.

By Howell south at 11:05am. 396+397+382+329. Should be in Osmer by now.
Light power heading north now, I chased the loads from Durand to Osmer very nice, Then chased from Osmer to Milan on the AA, A very good day.
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Re: GLC Updates May 2018

Unread postby AANscaleRunner » Mon May 21, 2018 4:35 pm

392 and 395 returned to Cadillac at 1600 with 1 coke hopper, around 14 tie loads, 2 wood chip hoppers, 1 empty centerbeam, 5 tanks, 1 loaded centerbeam and a MOW flat with a small load of fresh ties.

Did not get to see them leave town this morning.
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