Great Lakes Central

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Great Lakes Central Overview

The Great Lakes Central Railroad is a Class III rail carrier formed in 2005 with the purchase of the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway (TSBY). The railroad operates former Ann Arbor trackage from Ann Arbor to Yuma. GLC aso operates former PRR trackage from Cadillac to Petoskey, former PRR trackage from Walton Jct. (north of Cadillac) to Traverse City with ex PM branches to Grawn and Williamsburg, former NYC trackage from Owosso to Chesaning, and former GTW trackage from Ashley to Middleton. The GLC also operates a small portion of the abandoned CSX (C&O) Ludington Subdivision in Clare, Michigan, to serve a few industries.

GLC is jointly owned by Federated Railways and Watco.


Great Lakes Central Railroad interchanges with:

  • CN and HESR at Durand.
  • MMRR at Alma.
  • CSX at Ann Pere (Howell).
  • AA at Osmer (Ann Arbor).

Great Lakes Central (GLC) Frequencies

Frequency AAR Channel Notes
160.575 31 General Operations (Road & Dispatcher)
161.100 66 Owosso Shops

Great Lakes Central (GLC) Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
GLC 329 SD40-2 1966 Ex-CEFX 3143/MKCX 5348/ATSF 5348/ATSF 5567. Built as an SD45.
GLC 382 SD40-2 1970 Ex-CITX 3089/GCFX 3089/CRLX 602/CR 6262/PC 6262. Built as an SD40.
GLC 385 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 385/AA 385. Out of service. First unit to wear GLC paint.
GLC 390 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 390/AA 390.
GLC 391 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 391/AA 391. Out of service.
GLC 392 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 392/AA 392. Second unit to wear GLC paint.
GLC 393 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 393/AA 393. GLC 10th Anniversary unit. Recently returned to service.
GLC 394 GP35 1964 Ex-TSBY 394/AA 394. Out of service. Still in TSBY paint.
GLC 395 GP38-2 1972 Ex-LLPX 2306/ EMDX 750/CR 7950.
GLC 396 GP38-2 1972 Ex-GMTX 2325/LLPX 2325/CR 8012/PC 8012.
GLC 397 GP38-2 1972 Ex-LLPX 2327/UP 451/UP 1951/EMDX 815/CR 8015/PC 8015.
GLC 398 GP38-2 1972 Ex-LLPX 2331/UP 456/UP 1956/EMDX 82/CR 8021/PC 8021.
GLC 399 GP38-2 1972 Ex-LLPX 2336/UP 1963/CR 8031/PC 8031.
GLC 1226 25 Tonner 1953 Ex-GLC 2126/TSBY 2126/Petoskey Portland Cement. Owosso shop switcher.
GLC 1977 NW2 1942 Ex-TSBY 1977/UP 1034. Stored out of service in Farwell, Michigan. Still in TSBY paint.

Great Lakes Central Passenger Cars

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
GLC 1342 Diner 19?? Ex-TSBY/VIA/CN. In active service.

Past Great Lakes Central (GLC) Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
GLC 389 GP35 1964 Ex TSBY 389/AA 389. Scrapped April 2018.
GMTX 2663 GP38-2 1970 Ex-LLPX 2039/CSX 2117 /BO 4817. Leased from GATX. Returned.
GMTX 2675 GP38-2 1971 Ex-PRLX 6542/CSX 6542/BO 3766. Leased from GATX. Returned.
TSBY 2648 GP35 1965 Ex- TSBY 2648/SOU 2648. High short hood. Scrapped April 2018.
TSBY 2681 GP35 1965 Ex-TSBY 2681/SOU 2681. High short hood. Scrapped April 2018.

Great Lakes Central Customers

Customer Location Company Description Receives/Ships Notes
Rhetech Whitmore Lake Plastic Company Covered Hoppers
Cargill Feed Mill Owosso Feed Mill Covered Hoppers
Nutrien AG Solutions Henderson Fertilizer Terminal Covered Hoppers
Oakley Elevator (The Andersons) Oakley Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
Fruitchey Bean Corn Plant Oakley Bean & Corn Elevator Covered Hoppers
Middleton Elevator (MAC) Middleton Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers Ashley Liquid Fertilizer Tank Cars
Zeeland Farm Services Ithaca Soybean Processing Plant, Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Mid Michigan Specialty Crop Ithaca Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Shepherd Elevator Shepherd Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Highland Plastics Shepherd Plastic Company Covered Hoppers
Superior Fertilizer Rosebush Fertilizer Terminal Boxcars/Tank Cars
Rosebush Feed & Grain Rosebush Grain & Feed Elevator Covered Hoppers
Letherer Truss & Wall Systems Clare Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Northern Logistics Transload Clare Bulk Materials Transload Covered Hoppers
East Jordan Plastics Transload Clare Plastics Transload Covered Hoppers
Lear Corporation Farwell Automotive Seating & E-Systems Tank Cars
Falmouth Cooperative McBain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Hydrolake Services McBain Utility Poles Flatcars
Biewer Sawmill McBain Sawmill Centerbeam Flatcars/Hoppers
Viking Energy McBain Biomass Power Plant Gondolas/Open Hoppers
Michigan Agricultural Commodities Transload Cadillac Agricultural Transldoad Covered Hoppers
Quality Energy Cadillac Propane Transload Tank Cars
LC Manufacturing Cadillac Hot Forging & Processing Flatcars
Pulpwood Yard Cadillac Pulpwood Transload Pulpwood Flatcars
ABC Coke Cadillac Coke Transload Open Hoppers
Wyoming Feed Cadillac Feed Mill Covered Hoppers/Cottonseed Hoppers
Wexford Sand Yuma Sand Products Covered Hoppers
Amerhart Williamsburg Lumber Yard Centerbeam flatcars
Beacon Recycling Traverse City Scrapyard Gondolas/Open Hoppers
Michigan Consolidated Gas Kalkaska Natural Gas Supplier Tank Cars
Magnum Solvent Kalkaska Solvent Transload Tank Cars
Buzzi Unicem Cement Elmira Cement Terminal Covered Hoppers
Petoskey Plastics Petoskey Plastic Company Covered Hoppers

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