Grand Elk

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Grand Elk History

  • AAR Reporting Marks - GDLK (Locomotives WAMX)
  • Owned by Watco Companies (WAMX)
  • Began operations March 2009
  • Interchanges rail traffic with CSX, Marquette Rail (via CSX), Grand Rapids Eastern and Coopersville & Marne (via GRE) in Grand Rapids, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National in Kalamazoo, Michigan Southern in White Pigeon, and Norfolk Southern in Elkhart.

Grand Elk Train Symbols

Symbol Origin/Base Destination/Turn Location Frequency Notes
100 Kalamazoo Sun - Thu Night time yard job, on duty 2200.
101 Kalamazoo Sun - Sat 303 recrew, weekend manifest
105 Kalamazoo Mon - Fri Upjohn Switch Job, 1000 on duty
120 Grand Rapids Mon - Fri GR 1st Shift yard job on duty 0600
121 Grand Rapids Sun - Thur GR 2nd shift yard job on duty 2000.
302 Kalamazoo Elkhart Mon - Sat KZ-EK Turn; reported on duty time 0330
303 Kalamazoo Grand Rapids Mon - Fri KZ-GR Turn, reported on duty time of 1000.
501 Kalamazoo Bristol/Elkhart Mon - Fri Kalamazoo South Local; 0700 on duty
503 Kalamazoo Mon - Fri Automatic re-crew for 501; 1500 on duty
700 Unit train designators for Anderson's grain plant/stone pit trains
102 Kalamazoo Mon - Fri 302 recrew; 1100 start time

Grand Elk Customers

Customer Location Receives/Ships Notes
Northwest Hardwoods Elkhart Boxcar and Center Beams-Lumber
Great Lakes Forest Elkhart Boxcar and Center Beams-Lumber
BlueLinex Elkhart Boxcar and Flat-Lumber
Carpenter Elkhart Tanks-Poly
Robertweed Bristol Boxcar-Plywood
Alliance Sheets Bristol Boxcar-Pulpboard
The Andersons White Pigeon Unit corn, bean, wheat
OX Paper Constantine CH's-Plastics, Boxcars-Pulpboard
International Paper Three Rivers Boxcars-Pulpboard
Willbur-Ellis Three Rivers Tanks and CH's-Fertilizers
Co-Alliance Schoolcraft Tanks and CH's-Fertilizers
Van Beeks Schoolcraft CH's-Feeds
J Rettenmaier Schoolcraft Boxcars-Woodpulp, CH's
Builders First Choice Portage Flats-Lumber
Allnex Kalamazoo Tanks, CH's
Fabri-Kal Kalamazoo CH's-Plastic
Green Bay Packaging Kalamazoo Boxcars-Pulpboard
Evergreen Packaging Kalamazoo Boxcars-Pulpboard
L C Howard Kalamazoo Boxcars-Pulpboard and Newsprint Flats-Aluminum Billet
Pfizer Kalamazoo Tanks
Kalamazoo Metal Recycle Kalamazoo Gons-Scrap
Graphic Packaging Kalamazoo Tanks-Kaolin CH's-Plastic Boxcars-Scrap Paper
Otsego Paper Otsego Boxcars-Pulpboard
Trancendia Martin CH's-Plastic
CHS Wayland Tanks and CH's-Fertilizers
Bay Valley Foods Wayland Tanks-Syrup and Nut oils
Nutrien Moline Tanks and CH's-Fertilizers Crop Production <--Green Valley
Zeeland Lumber Wyoming Center Beams-Lumber
Padnos Wyoming Boxcars-Aluminum Billet
Magin Steel Grand Rapids Coil Cars-Steel
Brink Farms Grand Rapids CH's-Sand and Feed
AmerHart Grand Rapids Boxcars and Flats-Lumber
Bulkmatic Grand Rapids CH's
RSI Grand Rapids CH's
Northern Dry Bulk Grand Rapids CH's
Glass Recyclers Grand Rapids Hoppers-Cullet
Great Lakes Gypsum & Supply Grand Rapids Center Beams-Gypsum board
Sargent Sand Grand Rapids CH's-Frac Sand

Grand Elk Locomotive Roster

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
GMTX 2204 GP38-2 1972 ex-EMDX 747 / CR 7947 / PC 7947. Leased
WAMX 3531 GP35 1965 ex-BNSF 2622 / ATSF 2922 / ATSF 3422 / ATSF 1422
WAMX 3534 GP35M 1964 ex-CNW 837
WAMX 4002 GP40-2LW 1974 ex-CN 9405
WAMX 4009 GP40-2LW 1974 ex-CN 9448
WAMX 4017 GP40-2LW 1975 ex-CN 9564
WAMX 4189 SD40M-2 1970 ex-WSOR 4076 / MPEX 751 / EJE 751 / UTAH 9007 / CSXT 8381 / CO 7522 Arrived in 2013
WAMX 4190 SD40M-2 1970 ex-WSOR 4077 / MPEX 750 / EJE 750 / UTAH 9001 / CSXT 8382 / CO 7523 Arrived in 2013
WAMX 4124 SD40-2 1973 ex-EMDX 6304 / SOO 6304 / MILW 20 / MILW 181
WAMX 4125 SD40-2 1973 ex-EMDX 6305 / SOO 6305 / MILW 21
WAMX 4206 SD40-3 1967 ex-DME 6076 / CP 5557. Arrived September 2014
WAMX 4209 SD40M-2 1967 ex-NREX 2651 / UP 2651 / SP 8575. Built as CNW SD45 914. Arrived April 2016
WAMX 4225 SD40M-2 1967 ex OFOX / CEFX / UP / SP. Built as SOU 3141. Arrived in July 2016
WAMX 7030 GP7u 1952 ex-WSOR 703 / ATSF 2015. Rebuilt ex ATSF GP7 "Topeka Cab". Currently OOS

Past Grand Elk Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
BNSF 2108 GP38-2 1974 Built as BN 2108. Left property in 2011
BNSF 2109 GP38-2 1974 Built as BN 2109. Left property in 2011
BNSF 2972 GP39V 1964 Built as GM&O GP35 601, rebuilt to GP39V by VMV for BN. Left property in 2011
WAMX 3806 GP38 1970 ex-K&O 1155 / TFM 1155 / HATX 118 / CSXT 2125 / C&O 4825. Left property in 2013
WAMX 3829 GP38-3 1967 ex-BAR 352 / BAR 86. Left property in 2015
WAMX 4012 GP40-2LW 1974 ex-CN 9481 (Departed GDLK in July, 2010)
WAMX 4020 GP40-2LW 1975 ex-CN 9605 (Departed GDLK in July, 2010)

Grand Elk Frequencies

Frequency AAR Channel Notes
160.335 15 Road Channel
161.535 95 Yard Channel


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