Huron & Eastern

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Huron & Eastern Overview

Huron and Eastern Railway is a short line railroad operating 394 miles of track in The Thumb and Flint/Tri-Cities area of the lower peninsula of Michigan. It is currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., who purchased it from RailAmerica in 2012. The railroad is headquartered in the former Michigan Central Railroad depot in Vassar.

Huron and Eastern's locomotive power is a mix of former Central Michigan, Saginaw Valley, and original HESR rolling stock.

The railway's main line extends northeast from Saginaw to Bad Axe, and then southeast to Croswell. HESR's other line extends from Midland east to Bay City, and then south, through Saginaw to Durand. The line was former Central Michigan Railroad and Grand Trunk Western Railroad track.

The railroad's traffic comes largely from agricultural products, as well as industrial goods, such as cement, fly ash, and chemicals. The HESR hauled around 34,000 carloads in 2008.

Interchanges

Huron & Eastern interchanges with:

Huron & Eastern (HESR) Frequencies

Frequency AAR Channel Notes
161.355 83 Dispatcher
160.440 22 Road and Yard
161.280 78 Road
161.310 80 Yard
160.380 18 FCC Base & Mobile
161.400 86 FCC Base & Mobile

Huron & Eastern Trains

Symbol Origin/Base Destination/Turn Location Frequency Notes
701 Durand Bay City Mon-Fri
702 Bay City Durand Mon-Fri
703 Bay City Saginaw/Midland Mon-Fri Nights Switches Genesee Yard in Saginaw before going to Midland
704 Midland Bay City Mon-Fri Nights
740 Bay City Saginaw Mon-Fri Works all customers between Bay City and Saginaw
767 Durand Durand Mon-Fri Durand Yard job and Owosso local
770 Bay City Durand Varies Grain extras as needed
800 Vassar Saginaw Mon-Sat Interchanges with LSRC in Saginaw. Occasionally works Gavilon in Zilwaukee.
805 Varies Saginaw Varies Grain extra
810 Vassar Vassar As needed Works various industries in Reese, Caro, and other locations
820

Huron & Eastern Locomotives

Number Model Year Built Paint Scheme Heritage Notes
HESR 2026 GP38-3 1969 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-CMGN 8004/BO 3720. Built as a GP40, rebuilt by Helm Pacific into GP38AC for CMGN in 1988
HESR 2028 GP38-2 1982 CMGN Gray & Red Scheme Ex-CMGN 2014/DVR 227.
HESR 2144 GP38-2 1974 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-NS 5112/SOU 5112.
HESR 2145 GP38-2 1973 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-NS 5072/SOU 5072.
HESR 3036 GP40-2W 1976 CMGN Black Ex-HESR 9712/CMGN 9712/CN 9654. CN would receive 35 of the GP40-2W’s between March and May of 1976. Their numbers being #9633 to #9667.

CN would acquire ten more GP40-2W’s from GO Transit in 1991. The only other buyer of this model, the GO"

HESR 3037 GP40-2LW 1974 HESR Black Ex-WGCR 9519/CN 9519. Arrived in 2012.
HESR 3390 SD40-2 1972 G&W w/MQT Logos Ex-MQT 3390/GLLX 3002/CP 5638. Reassigned to HESR from MQT Apr-2016; to HESR Reporting Marks Q2-2016.
HESR 3414 SD40-2 1979 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-LTEX 3280/UP 3280/MKT 616. Arrived on HESR 9-2018.
HESR 3484 SD40M-2 1966 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-HESR 2661/UP 2661/SP 9130. Built as SP SD45 9130, rebuilt by MKM. Repainted June 2017.
HESR 3509 GP38-2 1974 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-HLCX 1844/UP 611/UP 2111/MP 2111.
HESR 3526 GP38-2 1972 G&W w/HESR Logos Ex-HLCX 1822/UP 322/UP 1822/MP 2385/MP 2059/MP 908.
HESR 3865 GP38-2 1976 Rail America Red, White & Blue Ex-CRIP 4352/PLE 2058.
HESR 3866 GP38-2 1976 Rail America Red, White & Blue Ex-CRIP 4353/PLE 2059.
HESR 3867 GP38-2 1976 Rail America Red, White & Blue Ex-CRIP 4354/PLE 2060.

Former Huron & Eastern Locomotives

Number Model Year Built Heritage Disposition/Notes
HESR 100 GP9 1956 Ex-CO 6099. Now SRNJ 100.
HESR 101 GP9 1956 Ex-CO 6066. Now POTB 101. Occasionally used by Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
HESR 102 GP9 1956 Ex-BO 6142/CO 6142. Now SHRX 102. Used on Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad.
HESR 103 GP9 1956 Ex-HESR 6179/CO 6179. Sold to INPR in 1993. Later sold to South Central Tennessee Railroad. Disposition unknown, presumably scrapped.
HESR 104 GP9 1952 Ex-HESR 2064/ATSF 2064/ATSF 2719. Leased to KLSC. Transferred to SCXY in 1997. Scrapped in Greenville, MI in 2007.
HESR 105 GP9 1957 Ex-CV 4548/GTW 4548. Sold to Delaware Valley/GETY. Now PREX 105.
SGVY 998 SW1200 1965 Ex-WOHO 234/TRRA 1234. Now BJRY 1510.
SGVY 999 SW12 1953 Ex-SCTR 5323/BFC 5323. Sold to Adrian and Blissfield, now ADBF 1223.
HESR 1721 GP9 1959 Ex-MNN 1471/DME 1471/NW 2801/NKP 801. Scrapped May 2016 in Bay City.
CMGN 2001 B30-7AB 1983 Ex-BN 4054. Retired in 2011 and sold to Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab Railroad in Mexico.
CMGN 2002 B30-7AB 1983 Ex-BN 4058. Retired in 2011 and sold to Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab Railroad in Mexico.
HESR 2027 GP38 1969 Ex-NECR 3852/NECR 9534/IC 9534/ICG 9534/GMO 715. Transferred to HESR in 2008. Sold to Metro East Industries in 2017.
HESR 2029 GP38AC 1971 Ex-CORP 3838/CORP 5153/CSX 2153/SBD 6244/LN 4023. Sold to MEI in 2018. Now BIP 378.
HESR 2107 GP38-2 1972 Ex-NS 5029/SOU 5029. Reassigned to TPW in Fall 2019.
HESR 3034 GP40-2LW 1974 Ex-OTVR 3034/TPW 4054/CN 9475. Arrived Oct. 2014 from OTVR. Returned to OTVR in 2018.
HESR 3044 GP40 1971 Ex-ISRR 3044/ISRR 4037/ISRR 6554/CSX 6554/BO 3779. Reassigned from ISRR to HESR Feb. 2015. Left HESR in 2019 for OTVR.
HESR 3045 GP40 1971 Ex-ISRR 3045/ISRR 4039/ISRR 6560/CSX 6560/CO 3785. Reassigned to HESR in 2015. Left HESR in 2019 for OTVR.
HESR 3038 GP40-2LW 1975 Ex-KXHR 9580/YVRR 9580/CN 9580. Repainted from RA Black Scheme Late 2013. Left HESR in 2022 for NECR.
HESR 3391 SD40-2 1974 Ex-MQT 3391/GLLX 3003/CP 5803. Reassigned from MQT to HESR Feb. 2015. Returned to MQT Fall 2019.
HESR 3485 SD40M-2 1966 Ex-HESR 2668/UP 2668/ACL 1025. Built as ACL SD45 1025, rebuilt by MKM. Repainted June 2017. Left HESR in May 2020 for TPW.
HESR 3510 GP38-2 1973 Ex-HLCX 1843/UP 363/UP 1863/UP 2108/MP 2108/MP 957. Never arrived on HESR property. Sent to GEXR/GJR in Ontario.
HESR 3868 GP38-2 1976 Ex-HESR 204/PLE 2057/CRIP 4352. Transferred to MMRR in 2005/2006. Traded to MEI in 2021 for MMRR 2169. Now ECRX 2004.
HESR 4065 B30-7AB 1983 Ex-CMGN 4065/BN 4065. Retired in 2011 and sold to Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab Railroad in Mexico.
HESR 5086 C30-7 1980 Ex-CMGN 5086/BN 5086. Retired in 2012. Scrapped at Bay City in September 2013.
CMGN 5175 C30-7 1981 Ex-CMGN 5175/BNSF 5175/ATSF 8132. Retired in 2012. Scrapped at Bay City in September 2013.
HESR 5492 B30-7 1977 Ex-CMGN 5492/BN 5492/SLSF 870. Retired in 2012. Scrapped at Bay City in September 2013.
HESR 8802 GP38AC 1969 Ex-CMGN 8802/BO 3718. Reassigned to IMRR in 2016. Then sold to PRLX as PRLX 8802. Now HSRX 3009.
CMGN 8903 U23B 1973 Ex-UP 534/MP 4500/MP 2250/MP 668. Retired in 2011 and sold to Ferrocarriles del Istmo de Tehuantepec in Mexico. Now BPMX 8903.
CMGN 8905 U23B 1973 Ex-DM 4504/CMGN 4504/UP 538/MP 4504/MP 2254/MP 672. Retired in 2012. Scrapped at Bay City in September 2013.

Huron & Eastern Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
HESR 1 Caboose 197? Ex-CMGN 1/GTW.

HESR Bad Axe Subdivision Customers

  • Runs from Saginaw (via Bad Axe) to Croswell.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Flint Recycling Buena Vista Scrapyard Gondolas
Nutrien Arthur Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
ADM Edible Bean Arthur Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
Star of the West Milling Gilford Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Quality Roasting Gilford Soy Feed Mill Covered Hoppers
Star of the West Milling Fairgrove Grain & Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers
ADM Edible Bean Fairgrove Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Cooperative Elevator Fairgrove Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Michigan Bean Akron Bean Elevator Boxcars A.k.a. Goodchild Trading.
Cooperative Elevator Akron Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
LaBudde Group Akron Vegetable Products Covered Hoppers
Bayside Best Beans Sebewaing Bean Plant Boxcars
Michigan Sugar Sebewaing Sugar Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Cooperative Elevator Sebewaing Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Wallace Stone Bay Port Stone Quarry & Windmill Transload Stone Hoppers/Flatcars
Active Feed Pigeon Feed Mill Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Cooperative Elevator Pigeon Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers
Cooperative Elevator Bean Plant Pigeon Bean Plant Boxcars
Farmers Co-Op Grain Elkton Agricultural Warehouse Boxcars
Cooperative Elevator Elkton Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Autokiniton Elkton Automobile Structure & Frame Components Gondolas Formerly Tower.
Cooperative Elevator Elkton Terminal Elkton Grain Elevator, Fertilizer Plant & Feed Mill Covered Hoppers/Boxcars/Tank Cars
Cooperative Elevator Bad Axe Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Gemini Plastics Ubly Plastic Manufacturing Covered Hoppers
ADM Edible Bean Ubly Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers
Cooperative Elevator Deckerville Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Inactive?
Michigan Sugar Croswell Sugar Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Helena Chemical Croswell Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers

HESR Bay City Branch Customers

  • Runs from Saginaw to Bay City.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Michigan Sugar Carrollton Sugar Products Tank Cars
Gavilon Grain Zilwaukee Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Sargent Docks & Terminal Zilwaukee Transload & Dock Facility Covered Hoppers/Open Hoppers/Coal Hoppers Fertilizer & phosphate unit trains.
Michigan Sugar Bay City Sugar Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Charah Solutions Essexville Fly Ash Transload & Landfill Gondolas B.C. Cobb fly ash disposal. 18 month project that ended in late 2021.
Saginaw Bay Fertilizer Essexville Fertilizer Terminal Covered Hoppers Jointly served with LSRC.
Sequin Lumber Bay City Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars

HESR Colling Branch Customers

  • Runs from Caro Jct. to Colling.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
POET Biorefining Caro Ethanol Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Michigan Sugar Caro Liquid Sucrose Manufacturer Tank Cars

HESR Denmark Junction Branch Customers

  • Runs from Millington to Munger.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Wilkinson Chemical Millington Brine Well Tank Cars
LaBudde Group Richville Vegetable Products Covered Hoppers
Star of the West Milling Richville Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Richville Branch.
Star of the West Milling Reese Bean & Grain Elevator Boxcars/Covered Hoppers

HESR Harger Branch Customers

  • Runs from Saginaw to Buena Vista.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Tri-State Forest Products Buena Vista Lumber Products Centerbeam Flatcars

HESR Kinde Branch Customers

  • Runs from Bad Axe to Kinde.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Midwestern BioAg Kinde Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Inactive?
ADM Edible Bean Kinde Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers
Farmers Co-Op Kinde Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars

HESR Midland Branch Customers

  • Runs from Bay City to Midland.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Ittner Bean & Grain Auburn Grain & Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers Inactive.
ADM Edible Bean Auburn Bean Elevator Boxcars/Covered Hoppers Inactive.
The Andersons Auburn Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Dow Chemical Midland Chemical Company Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers

HESR Owosso Branch Customers

  • Runs from Durand to Owosso.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
ADS Pipe Owosso Pipe & Drainage Products Covered Hoppers Switched every other week or so. Use 1-2 cars per week.
Georgia-Pacific Owosso Corrugated Containers Boxcars Switched 3x per week, 3-4 cars per switch.

HESR Port Huron Subdivision Customers

  • Runs from Saginaw (via Vassar) to Brown City.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Star of the West Milling Gera Grain & Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers
M.A.C. Sand Sales Vassar Sand Products Covered Hoppers Inactive?
MAC Elevator Marlette Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
MAC Elevator Brown City Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers

HESR Ruth Branch Customers

  • Runs from Palms to Ruth.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Cooperative Elevator Ruth Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Plant Covered Hoppers

HESR Saginaw Branch Customers

  • Runs from Durand to Saginaw.
Customer
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