Lake State-Saginaw Bay Southern

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Lake State Railway Company History & Overview

Lake State began operations in 1992 when it acquired all the lines operated by the Detroit and Mackinac Railway. The railroad also inherited a unique all Alco locomotive fleet. One of the lines acquired was originally Michigan Central from Bay City to Cheboygan. Another line, originally D&M trackag, branched off in Pinconning and followed Michigan's eastern coastline to Rogers City. Around 1992, trackage north of Gaylord to Cheboygan was abandoned. While a few minor spurs were abandoned, no other mainline was until 2001, when its line past Alpena to Rogers City was removed.

In 2005, Lake State acquired 67 miles of trackage from CSX Transportation around Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City. This trackage was previously operated under the subsidiary Saginaw Bay Southern Railway. Trackage to McGrew Yard in Flint was included in the sale.

The railroad began a changeover to an all-EMD fleet in the early 2000s. The EMD changeover was completed by 2011, with all of the Alco locomotives retired, then either scrapped or sold.

In late 2011, it was announced that the SBS would merge with Lake State, with LSRC being the surviving company. The merger was strictly for railway accounting purposes; LSRC functions today as an Interline Settlement System (ISS) carrier, while SBS functioned as a Junction Settlement (JS) carrier through CSX. Lake State will convert the former SBS lines to ISS. Following the news of the merger, Lake State has stopped painting the Saginaw Bay Southern logo on its locomotives.

In early 2018, LSRC acquired the Port Huron paper mill industrial spur from CN. Traffic is interchanged with CN at Tappen (Tunnel) Yard. This branch is isolated from the rest of the railroad.

In 2018, Railway Age awarded Lake State with their "Shortline of the Year" award.

In March 2019, LSRC began leasing 53 miles of the CSX Saginaw Subdivision from Mt. Morris (McGrew Yard) to Plymouth (Plymouth Yard). This expansion officially designated the railroad as a Class II regional railroad.

During the Summer of 2019, LSRC received trackage rights over the CN Flint Subdivision to Torrey Yard in Flint. Allowing for a direct interchange with CN.

In January 2020 it was announced that LSRC received the coal contract for CMS Energy's Essexville Power Plant. The contract will expire once the plant closes in 2023.

Interchanges

Lake State Railway interchanges with:

  • Canadian National in Flint and Port Huron.
  • CSX in Flint, Wixom, and Plymouth.
  • Huron and Eastern in Saginaw and Bay City.
  • Mid Michigan Railroad at Paines.

LSRC Train Symbols

Symbol Origin/Base Destination/Turn Location Frequency Notes
301 Pinconning Terminal Bay City Yard/Return Monday-Friday Interchanges with 126 in Bay City & 304 in Pinconning
303 Saginaw Yard Pinconning Terminal/Return As Needed Misc Manifest
304 Grayling Yard Pinconning Terminal/Return Tuesday - Saturday Interchanges with 301 in Pinconning
310 Bay City Yard Wennona Yard/Kawkawlin Monday - Friday Bay City Yard Job
325 Alpena Yard Alpena Yard Monday - Friday Alpena yard job; Works LaFarge, Pannell Pro, Glovy & Spec Stone
326 Alpena Yard Tawas Terminal/Return Monday - Friday Interchanges with 327 in Tawas
327 Pinconning Terminal Tawas Terminal/Return Monday - Friday Interchanges with 326 in Tawas
393 Grayling Yard Grayling Yard Monday - Friday Works GP Plant, Stella, Weyerhaeuser, LC Redi mix & Arauco Day Yard Job
394 Grayling Yard Gaylord Terminal/Return Monday - Friday Works GP Plant, Stella, Weyerhaeuser, LC Redi mix, Arauco & Gaylord Industries Night Yard Job
388 Lincoln Yard Wixom Essexville Consumers Power/Return As Needed Loaded Coal to Essexville & Empty returns to Wixom
101 McGrew Yard Flint McGrew Yard Flint Monday - Friday Day Yard Job
112 McGrew Yard Flint McGrew Yard Flint Monday - Friday Night Yard Job
110 McGrew Yard Flint CN Torrey Yard & Saginaw Sub Industries Daily Works Industries Flint, Burton, Holly, Wixom/Interchange Traffic w/CN at Torrey Yard
116 Saginaw Yard Saginaw Yard As Needed Extra Yard Job
118 Saginaw Yard Paines/Return Sunday - Thursday Exchanges with MMRR @ Paines/Also runs to Flint on occasion
119 Saginaw Yard Saginaw Yard Monday - Friday Night Yard Job
126 Saginaw Yard Bay City Yard/Flint McGrew Monday - Friday Exchanges Freight in Bay City Yard/Runs back to Saginaw/Flint Mcgrew
127 Lincoln Yard Wixom McGrew Yard Flint/Return Daily Runs Northbound freight to Flint/Returns to Wixom with Southbound Traffic for CSX
145 McGrew Yard Flint Midland Dow/Return Tuesday - Saturday Works Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Freeland Bean & Grain
491 Lincoln Yard Wixom Anderson Grain Standish/Return As Needed Grain Train
505 Port Huron Terminal CN Port Huron Yard Monday - Friday Services Domtar, Dunn Paper & CDW. Interchanges with CN @ Port Huron Yard
101 Any System Location Any System Location As Needed Officer Special/Santa Train
102 Any System Location Any System Location As Needed Officer Special/Santa Train
N246 Wixom/Flint/Saginaw Camp Grayling As Needed Usually Military Equipment
S246 Camp Grayling Wixom/Flint/Saginaw As Needed Usually Military Equipment
W126 Bay City Subdivision Bay City Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W127 Saginaw Subdivision Saginaw Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W144 Paines Subdivision Paines Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W145 Dean Subdivision Dean Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W301 Pinconning Subdivision Pinconning Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W304 Mackinaw Subdivision Mackinaw Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties
W326 Huron Subdivision Huron Subdivision As Needed Work Train - Ballast, rail, ties

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, and has been applied to all locomotives acquired since. 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: Former KCS/TFM paint. 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.
  • CSX Patched Equipment: The first of the six former CSX SD50-3's arrived in patched paint from MEI. The next engines to arrive in Michigan will be painted, while the remaining pair will need extensive work and haven't entered the shops yet. (December 2019)
Number Model Year Built Paint Unit History Purchased Notes
GMTX 3307 SD38-2 1975 GATX Blue & White. Ex-LTEX 6900/CNW 6900. Leased from GMTX 1/2019.
CEFX 6017 SD60 1987 CITX Blue & White. Ex-CITX 6017/INRD 6017/SOO 6017. Leased from CITX 4/2019.
CEFX 6020 SD60 1987 Soo Red & White. Ex-SOO 6020. Leased from CITX 4/2019. Still has Soo Line Logo.
CSX 2490 SD50-2 1983 YN3 Ex-CSX 2490/CSX 8659/CR 6739. 2019 Being overhauled at MEI.
CSX 8599 SD50-2 1984 YN3 Ex-SBD 8599. 2019 Being overhauled at MEI.
LSRC 303 Road Slug 1964 Phase II Ex-LSRC 371/WAEX 371/IHRC 371/GTW 6351/DTI 351. 2005 Rebuilt & repainted from GP38M #371 in 2015. Mated to 4303.
LSRC 304 Road Slug 1964 Phase II Ex-LSRC 2003/SP 6556/SP 7444. 2005 Rebuilt & repainted from GP38M #2003 in 2015. Mated to 4304.
LSRC 800 GP40 1971 Phase I Ex-HATX 800/CSX 6622/BO 4047. 2010
LSRC 801 GP40 1971 Phase I Ex-HATX 801/BO 4056. 2010
LSRC 805 GP40 1970 Phase I Ex-HATX 805/CSX 6753/SBD 6753/SCL 1598. 2010 Currently OOS.
LSRC 1162 GP40M-3 1971 Grey & Yellow. Ex-FURX 1162/TFM 1162/CSX 6630/BO 4055. 2007
LSRC 1164 GP40M-3 1966 Phase I w/LSRC & SBS Logo. Ex-FURX 1164/TM 1164/CSX 6695/SBD 6695/SCL 1539/SAL 624. 2007
LSRC 1166 GP40M-3 1966 Phase I Ex-FURX 1166/TM 1166/CSX 6509/BO 3693. 2007
LSRC 1171 GP40M-3 1971 Phase I w/LSRC & SBS Logo. Ex-FURX 1171/TM 1171/CSX 6568/CO 3793. 2007
LSRC 1174 GP40M-3 1966 Grey & Yellow. Ex-FURX 1174/TM 1174/CSX 6512/BO 3696. 2007
LSRC 1501 MP15AC 1980 Phase II Ex-UPY 1394/UP 1394/MKT 57. 2016 Delivered in Phase II [2016]. Bay City switcher.
LSRC 1502 MP15AC 1976 Phase II Ex-UPY 1404/UP 1404/SOO 1502/MILW 436. 2016 Delivered in Phase II [2016]. Port Huron switcher.
LSRC 4201 GP38-3 1970 Phase II Ex-LSRC 1179/FURX 1179/TM 1179/CSX 6521/BO 3745. 2007 Overhauled at MEI Spring/Summer 2019. Downgraded from GP40M-3 to GP38-3.
LSRC 4303 GP40M-3 1971 Phase II Ex-LSRC 1178/FURX 1178/TM 1178/CSX 6555/CR 3095/CS 3780/CO 3780. 2008 Rebuilt and repainted from #1178 in 2015. Mated to 303.
LSRC 4304 GP40M-3 1970 Phase II Ex-LSRC 1177/FURX 1177/TM 1177/CSX/SBD 6749/SCL 1594. 2007 Rebuilt and repainted from #1177 in 2015. Mated to 304.
LSRC 4325 GP40M-3 1970 Phase II w/25th-Year Logos Ex-LSRC 1169/FURX 1169/TM 1169/CSX 6517/BO 3741. 2007 Rebuilt and repainted from #1169 & equipped as a slug mother in 2017.
LSRC 5921 SD40 1970 Phase I w/LSRC & SBS Logo. Ex-GTW 5921. 2005 Currently OOS. Part source.
LSRC 6301 SD40-2 1971 Phase II w/Shortline of the Year Logo. Ex-CITX 3062/ GCFX 3062/UP 3107. 2013 First unit repainted into Phase II in 2013.
LSRC 6302 SD40-2 1966 Phase II w/Northern Strike & Veteran Logos. Ex-CITX 3100/GCFX 3100/SP 8405. 2013 Repainted in 2014.
LSRC 6303 SD40-2 1966 Phase II Ex-CITX 3067/GCFX 3067/NREX 882/CNW 882. 2013 Repainted in 2016.
LSRC 6304 SD40-2 1966 Phase II Ex-CITX 3074/GCFX 3074/NREX 878/CNW 878. 2013 Repainted in 2016.
LSRC 6305 SD40-2 1970 Phase II Ex-CITX 3095/GCFX 3095/SOO 6400/CP 6400/KCS 622. 2013 Repainted in 2016.
LSRC 6351 SD50-3 1984 LSRC Patched Ex CSX 2498/CSX 8675/CR 6771. 2019 Overhauled at MEI 2019. In service on LSRC in patched paint.
LSRC 6352 SD50-3 1983 LSRC Patched Ex CSX 2477/CSX 8646/CR 6705. 2019 Overhauled at MEI 2019. In service on LSRC in patched paint.
LSRC 6354 SD50-3 1984 Phase II Ex-CSX 8527/SBD 8527 2019 Overhauled at MEI 2019. Delivered in full paint.
LSRC 6355 SD50-3 1984 Phase II Ex-CSX 8577/BO 8577. 2019 Overhauled at MEI 2019. In full paint at MEI December 2019.

Former LSRC Locomotives

Number Model Year Built Paint Unit History Notes
CITX 141 SD70M-2 2004 CITX Blue & White. Ex-EMDX 75/EMDX GM75. Returned to leasor.
CITX 142 SD70M-2 2004 CITX Blue & White. Ex-EMDX 76/EMDX GM76. Returned to leasor.
LSRC 181 C425M-AC 1965 Phase I Ex-DM 181/CR 2443/PC 2443/PRR 2443. Overhauled between 1999-2000. Scrapped 2011. Named "Big Bertha."
LSRC 281 C425M 1965 D&M patched. Ex-DM 281/CR 2442/PC 2442/PRR 2442. Scrapped 2011.
LSRC 381 C425M 1965 D&M patched. Ex-DM 381/CR 2444/PC 2444/PRR 2444. Scrapped 2011.
LSRC 468 RS2 1946 D&M patched. Ex-DM 468. Scrapped in 2005. Had been previously used as a parts source.
LSRC 469 RS2u 1946 D&M patched. Ex-DM 469. Retired. Still on property as of 2019.
LSRC 646 S1 1946 D&M patched. Ex-DM 646. Retired. Sold in 2007 to Hudson Terminal Railroad in Colorado.
LSRC 698 HR412W 1981 CN patched. Ex-CN 3583/CN 2583. Scrapped 2008.
LSRC 798 M420W 1976 Phase I Ex-CN 3577/CN 2577. Scrapped 2011. Named "City of Alpena."
LSRC 974 RS3M 1954 D&M patched. Ex-DM 974/BM 1512/DH 974. Scrapped 2011.
LSRC 975 RS3M 1954 Phase I Ex-DM 975/BM 1517/DH 975. Scrapped 2011. Named "Lake Huron."
LSRC 976 C420 1964 Phase I Ex-DM 976/LI 208. Caught fire and was scrapped in 2005. Named "City of West Branch."
LSRC 1195 RS11 1961 Black LSRC scheme. Ex-NHVT 405/FWCR 405//XTRA 405/NCTR 405/NW 405. Scrapped 2008? Named "City of East Tawas."
LSRC 1280 C425M-AC 1965 Phase I Ex-DM 1280/ CR 2439/PC 2439/PRR 2439. Overhauled 1999-2000. Scrapped 2011. Named both the "The Blue Devil" and "City of Grayling."
LSRC 2052 GP38M 1964 Phase II Ex-WC 2052/WC 4004/MP 2608/MP 618. Sold to MEI in Jan 2019.
LSRC 3500 M420W 1973 KPR patched. Ex-KPR 3500/CN 3500/CN 2500. Scrapped 2011.
LSRC 3504 M420W 1973 Phase I Ex-KPR 3504/CN 3504/CN 2504. Scrapped 2011. Named "City of Tawas City."
LSRC 3515 M420W 1973 CN patched. Ex-CN 3515/CN 2515. Scrapped 2011.
LSRC 3563 M420W 1976 Phase I Ex-CN 3563/CN 2563. Retired. Sold in 2008 to Great Western Railroad. Named "Lake Superior."
LSRC 3571 M420W 1976 Phase I Ex-CN 3571/CN 2571. Retired. Sold in 2008 to Great Western Railroad. Named "For the Gipper."
LSRC 3575 M420W 1976 CN patched. Ex-CN 3575/CN 2575. Scrapped 2008.
LSRC 4300 GP40X 1978 HLCX Red, Grey & White. Ex-HLCX 4300/HATX 4300/SP 7230. Returned to leasor in early 2016.
LSRC 4301 GP40 1966 HLCX Red, Grey & White. Ex-HLCX 4301/DRGW 3065. Returned to leasor in early 2016.
LSRC 4302 GP40 1967 HLCX Red, Grey & White. Ex-HLCX 4302/KYLE 3114/AMTK 653/CR 3095/PC 3095/NYC 3095. Returned to leasor in early 2016.
LSRC 4610 RS2u 1946 D&M patched. Ex-DM 4610. Scrapped in 2005. Had been previously used as a parts source.

LSRC Customers

Location Customer Company Description Receives/Ships Notes
Alpena Lafarge Cement Plant Covered Hoppers
Alpena Specification Stone Products Stone Yard Open Hoppers
Alpena Panel Processing Wood Products Boxcars Transloaded near roundhouse.
Alpena Quality Liquid Feeds Liquid Feeds Tank Cars Transloaded near roundhouse.
Bay City Kiros Engery Marketing Natural Gas Liquids Tank Cars Transloaded at yard.
Bay City OmniSource Scrapyard Gondolas
Bay City Straits Wood Treating Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Bay City Gavilon Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Bay City SC Johnson Ziploc Bag Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Bay City Bit Mat Products Asphalt Products Tank Cars
Bay City Brinks Farms Chemical Products & Transloading Tank Cars/Flatcars
Bridgeport Northfield Block Masonry & Hardscape Products Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
Burton Clean Harbors Waste Management Services Tank Cars
Carrollton Gavilon Grain Grain Elevators Covered Hoppers
Essexville Saginaw Bay Fertilizer Fertilizer Terminal Covered Hoppers
Essexville Karn Generating Plant Power Plant Coal Hoppers
Flint American Spiral Weld Metal Pipe Manufacturer Flatcars
Flint Stoneco Stone Yard Open Hoppers
Flint Lockhart Chemical Chemical Products Tank Cars
Flint Barrette Molding Services Plastic Molding Products Covered Hoppers
Freeland Freeland Bean & Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Grayling Georgia Pacific Liquid Resin & Formaldehyde Products Tank Cars
Grayling Weyerhaeuser Oriented Strand Board Mill Boxcars/Tank Cars
Grayling Arauco Particleboard Plant Boxcars/Hoppers
Grayling Stella Wood Products Wood Yard Pulpwood Hoppers
Grayling MNG Camp Grayling Military Equipment Flatcars
Grayling LC Materials Stone Yard Open Hoppers
Grayling AJD Forest Products Sawmill Centerbeam Flatcars/Hoppers
Grayling Hydrolake Utility Poles Flatcars
Gaylord A&L Iron & Metal Scrapyard Gondolas
Gaylord Northern Energy Lubricants & Chemicals Tank Cars
Gaylord Tri-State Forrest Products Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Holly Delta Tube & Fabricating Railcar Repair Autoracks/Flatcars Repairs automotive-related rolling stock on a contracted basis.
Kawkawlin Greens Gas LP Gas Dealer Tank Cars Active shipper?
Kawkawlin Specification Stone Products Stone Yard Open Hoppers
Midland Dow Chemical Chemical Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Midland Dow Corning Chemical Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Midland Gerace Construction Construction Products Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Flatcars Active shipper?
Midland Trinseo Plastic Company Covered Hoppers
Novi Somnio Global Scientific Research Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Port Huron Domtar Paper Paper Products Boxcars/Covered Hoppers
Port Huron Dunn Paper Paper Products Boxcars/Tank Cars
Port Huron CDW Consulting Chemical Transloading Tank Cars
Saginaw NAS Crop Production Services Agriculture Terminal Covered Hoppers
Saginaw Rifkin Steel Steel & Scrap Products Gondolas/Flatcars
Saginaw Star Of The West Milling Grain & Flour Mill Covered Hoppers
Saginaw Wabash Power Equipment Boiler Makers Depressed Flatcars
Saginaw Great Lakes Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Saginaw Nexteer Automotive Automotive Parts Flatcars
Standish Anderson Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Turner Turner Bean & Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Wixom DTE Energy Wooden Poles Flatcars
Wixom Korex Household Cleaning Products Covered Hoppers







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