Lake State-Saginaw Bay Southern

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Lake State Railway Company History

  • Formed in 1992 with the remains of the Detroit & Mackinac Huron Sub and PRR Mackinac Sub
  • Inherited a ALCo-dominated fleet, including RS3s and C425s
  • Abandoned trackage north of Alpena in the early 2000s
  • Formed the Saginaw Bay Southern Ry in Saginaw, leasing CSX's interests in the area south to McGrew Yard in Flint
  • Began changeover to all-EMD fleet in first decade of 21st Century
  • Completed EMD changeover by 2011, ALCOs retired, then scrapped or sold
  • Merged Saginaw Bay Southern into LSRC in 2012. SBS now reports as LSRC.
  • Interchanges rail traffic with CSX in Flint, HESR in Saginaw and Bay City, and MMRR at Paines.

Reporting marks: LSRC, SBS

LSRC Trains

Symbol Origin/Base Destination/Turn Location Frequency Notes
301 Bay City Monday-Friday Works the Bay City area including North Bay City Yard and Wenona. Also does work in Pinconning and Kawkawlin as needed.
303 Pinconning Grayling Weekdays As Needed
304 Grayling Pinconning Weekdays As Needed
325 Alpena Alpena Monday-Friday Alpena yard job
326 Alpena Bay City M-F annulled often in Winter
327 Bay City Alpena M-F annulled often in Winter
393 Grayling Gaylord Weekdays As Needed
394 Gaylord Grayling Weekdays As Needed
Z116 Saginaw Yard Job/Local
Z117 Saginaw Yard Job/Local
Y118 Saginaw
Z126 Saginaw Bay City Monday-Friday Saginaw-Bay City turn. Normally leaves Saginaw Yard in the morning
Z127 Saginaw Mt. Morris (CSX) Manifest to interchange with CSX in Flint. Normally leaves Saginaw in the evening.
Z144 Saginaw Mt. Morris (CSX)
Z145 Saginaw Midland Midland turn. Arrives back in Saginaw in the morning.

Current LSRC Locomotive Roster

Paint Scheme Summary:

  • Phase I: Blue with white Zebra Stripes, plus LSRC Logo on the hood. Before SBS merger, dual LSRC/SBS logos were used on the long hood. Dual-logo units are noted as such.
  • Phase II: Introduced in 2013, the scheme was designed by K Burkholder, with a NYC flair, and has since been applied to all locomotives. In 2017, the 25th Anniversary unit featured a modification of this scheme with a 25-year logo in place of the usual long hood design.
  • Grey & Yellow: this scheme is in its sunset on the Lake State, a holdover from when the purchase of the ex-FURX leased units. They're being cycled through paint along with the Phase I units over time.
Number Model Paint Unit History Purchased Notes
LSRC 303 Road Slug Phase II ex-LSRC 371, WAEX, IHRC, GTW, DTI 2005 Rebuilt & repainted from GP38M #371 [2015]; Mated to 4303
LSRC 304 Road Slug Phase II ex-LSRC 2003, SP 2005 Rebuilt & repainted from GP38M #2003 [2015]; Mated to 4304
LSRC 800 GP40 Phase I ex-HATX, CSX, BO 2010
LSRC 801 GP40 Phase I ex-HATX, CSX, BO 2010
LSRC 805 GP40 Phase I ex-HATX, CSX, BO 2010
LSRC 1162 GP40M-3 Grey & Yellow ex-FURX, CSX, BO 2007
LSRC 1164 GP40M-3 Phase I w/ LSRC/SBS Logo ex-FURX, CSX, SBD, SCL 2007
LSRC 1166 GP40M-3 Grey & Yellow ex-FURX, CSX, BO 2007
LSRC 1171 GP40M-3 Phase I w/ LSRC/SBS Logo ex-FURX, CSX, CO 2007
LSRC 1174 GP40M-3 Grey & Yellow ex-FURX, CSX, BO 2007
LSRC 1179 GP40M-3 Phase I ex-FURX, CSX, BO 2007
LSRC 1501 MP15AC Phase II ex-UPY, MKT 2016 Delivered in Phase II [2016]
LSRC 1502 MP15AC Phase II ex-UPY, MKT 2016 Delivered in Phase II [2016]
LSRC 2052 GP38M Phase I w/ LSRC/SBS Logo ex-WC, MP 2005
LSRC 4303 GP40M-3 Phase II ex-LSRC 1178, FURX, CSX, C&O 2008 Rebuilt and repainted from #1178 [2015]; Mated to 303
LSRC 4304 GP40M-3 Phase II ex-LSRC 1177, FURX, CSX, SBD, SCL 2007 Rebuilt and repainted from #1177 [2015]; Mated to 304
LSRC 4325 GP40M-3 Phase II w/ 25th-year logos ex-LSRC 1169, FURX, CSX, BO 2007 Rebuilt and repainted from #1169, equipped as a slug mother [2017]
LSRC 5921 SD40 Phase I w/ LSRC/SBS Logo ex-GTW 5921 2005 To become LSRC 6300 at some point
LSRC 6301 SD40-2 Phase II ex-CITX 3062, UP 2013 First unit repainted into Phase II [2013]
LSRC 6302 SD40-2 Phase II ex-CITX 3100, SP 2013 Repainted in 2014
LSRC 6303 SD40-2 Phase II ex-CITX 3067, CNW 882 2013 Repainted in 2016
LSRC 6304 SD40-2 Phase II ex-CITX 3074 2013 Repainted in 2016
LSRC 6305 SD40-2 Phase II ex-CITX 3095, SOO, CP 2013 Repainted in 2016

Past LSRC Locomotives

Number Model Notes
181 "Big Bertha" C425M-AC Overhauled 1999-2000, Scrapped 2011
281 C425M Scrapped 2011
381 C425M Scrapped 2011
469 RS2u Reitred, Still on Property
646 S1 Retired, sold in 2007
698 HR412W Scrapped 2008
798 M420W Scrapped 2011
974 RS3M Scrapped 2011
975 RS3M Scrapped 2011
976 C420 Scrapped 2008?
1195 RS11 Scrapped 2008?
1280 "The Blue Devil" C425M-AC Overhauled 1999-2000, Scrapped 2011
3500 M420W Scrapped 2011
3504 M420W Scrapped 2011
3515 M420W Scrapped 2011
3563 M420W Scrapped 2008?
3571 M420W Retired, Sold in 2008 to Great Western RR
3575 M420W Scrapped 2009?
LSRC 4300 GP40X HLCX Red, Grey & White ex-HLCX, SP 2010 Returned to leasor early 2016
LSRC 4301 GP40 HLCX Red, Grey & White ex-HLCX, DRGW 2010 Returned to leasor early 2016
LSRC 4302 GP40 HLCX Red, Grey & White ex-HLCX, KYLE, AMTK, CR, PC 2010 Returned to leasor early 2016

LSRC Customers

Location Customer Receives/Ships Notes
Alpena Lafarge Recieves Gypsum in 50ft Open Hoppers, Flyash in 50ft CHs. Ships Cement in CHs
Alpena Glovey Stone Ships stone to Kawkawlin and Flint
Turner Elevator Beans Gets occasional car
Saginaw Rifkin Scrap


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