Shortline Train Location Updates - April 2021

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I think one of them is the GP9 with torpedo tanks on top
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Since when is there an IN 5902 and 5901?
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I'm aware of the 5903, but none of the other units are in the 5900s, unless something has changed very recently.

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LansingRailFan wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:08 am
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Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:27 pm
Thank you for the information LRF. I understand why JAIL likes this but am surprised that NS was interested in such a short haul.
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Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:13 pm

Yes. The NS coil cars are a static set of coils that go back and forth between Gerdau in Jackson and RSDC in Holt. There’s obv more than 30 but they just had a large train this morning.

Usually once a week they will get 1-2 from CSX but it must be speciality steel product and it comes from Indiana somewhere.

I always wondered why I never would see long cuts of coils come in on any NS trains and now I know.

The NS Jackson local (currently hiring a conductor, btw) works Gerdau.
Maybe when the lease expires they’ll take it back and run it out of Jackson?

It’s about 60 cars a week with very minimal effort from what I understand.

The effort lies with the 2 ADBF GP-9s hauling 30 loaded coil cars up from Jackson to Holt!
No way they will ever take that back unless business improves substantially.

The GP9’s lugging hard must be quite a sight.
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Michigan Shore 2170 with 11 hoppers, 3 tank cars south at Riley St. Holland 10:15 AM.

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SD80MAC wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:24 am
Since when is there an IN 5902 and 5901?
Sorry. Thought that was what I read. Different numbers on the engines. I’ve just been looking at them and learning a bit because I have to go down that way next week for work.

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Michigan Shore heading north at Riley St. Holland 12:30 PM.

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Z627-14 os GH 14:00 Northbound MMRR 2170 leading solo, Gons/Tanks/2 Bay's. No Centerbeam
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Perhaps you saw 1601 and 1602
LansingRailFan wrote:
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SD80MAC wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:24 am
Since when is there an IN 5902 and 5901?
Sorry. Thought that was what I read. Different numbers on the engines. I’ve just been looking at them and learning a bit because I have to go down that way next week for work.
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Z627-14 os Ferrysburg 14:48. MMRR 2170 leading Northbound
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Vaguebook update says GDLK was north around Wayland at 7:55pm. They didn't run north through Byron Center yesterday, and this is a late arrival for them into town. Should be by shortly.

North through Byron Center at 9:41pm with what looked like WAMX 4209, 2 other locos, and 66 cars.

Wifey tells me I tapped her on the shoulder sometime in the middle of the night, and went straight back to sleep. Train went through southbound right after that. I recall none of this.
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GRE just rolled into Lowell with 18 cars, 15 of which are for King.
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ADBF has been replacing ties on the main in Lansing around Cavanaugh Yard. I’m gonna try and get pics tomorrow.

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Grand elk north through Byron Center at 5:57pm. WAMX 4209, WAMX 4225 and I think 23 cars.
Went back south sometime in the 11pm-1am range I think.
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Z627-16 Southbound is the distance somewhere North of GH 8:56. MMRR 2019 leading?
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WMI left 14 cars for CSX in Hartford last night.
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Grand Elk north through Byron Center at 3:05pm. WAMX 4209(i think), WAMX 4189 and about 15 cars.

Back south through Byron Center at 4:55pm, 4189 leading about 10 covered hoppers, probably going to Moline.
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GDLK in Plainwell. It sounded like they went to Otsego. Not sure if they will be NB or SB. Usually its NB after Otsego.I will update if I figure it out.
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Must have gone back south because there were no cars on the Otsego branch.
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Heads Up Kalamazoo:

4/19/21 - 10:08am - Eastbound/Northbound Stone Train going North up the Grand Elk from Elkhart with NS 8063, NS 8159, 80 cars.

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