Shortline Updates February, 2021

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GRE 2104 departing Ann Street yard with 8 covered hoppers eastbound.

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JAIL came north today and was seen switching Padnos. Pulled two gons out of there.

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Grand Elk north at Byron Center at 4:10pm. WAMX 4124 and WAMX 4009 with 16 cars. Heard their horn quite a few crossings to the south thanks to the south wind today. Had enough time to get in the backyard for a photo.

Back south approx 6pm with a number of what looked like sand hoppers, about 15 cars total.
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Z62722 os GH Southbound 2170 leading Solo 22:45
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Z151 thru Sunnyside with 3 sd-40's 3408,3406 & 3389 headed to Wyoming yard.

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Jail entered Ensel at 9:30 w one CSX coil car to give to CSX. 1760/1751 today.

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Ann Arbor is NBD at Milan at 9:50. Unknown power.

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Grand Elk north through Byron Center at 2:43pm, WAMX 4124 and WAMX 4017 with 14 cars. Sunny day - perhaps they'll be back south in daylight today if they have a quick turnaround.

Well that was too quick of a turnaround - back south at 4:12pm with 4017 leading 4124 and 27 cars.
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Z151 inbound past Ann St. Same power as yesterday with Sd-40 3408 leading.

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GDLK was NB from Plainwell at 6:15. Got to the crossing late so I didn't catch the numbers on the power, but they were both black, one with the GDLK emblem. Twenty-six (I think) cars, mostly tanks and CHs. Saw 1 loaded center beam.
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Grand Elk north through Byron Center at 9:36pm. WAMX 4124 WAMX 4017 and 30 cars. Late run.. pretty sure it's return trip will wake me up :P
Thx for heads up Jim - I appreciate the heads ups on GDLK.
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Just curious, is GDLK switching somewhere in between Plainwell & Byron Center or are they only running 10 mph?

The only time I have seen them was between Three Rivers & Portage and that train seemed to be moving right along.

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Yes, they do have work on their way north, if the businesses require it. They run faster than 10, but don't know their speed limit.
http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php/G ... _Customers
There is the list of Grand Elk customers. They have work at Bay Valley Foods in Wayland. There's two other customers that they definitely switch southbound, if they have traffic for them: Nutrien Ag Solutions in Moline, and Transcendia in Martin. There's also CHS in Wayland, but I don't know if they switch them north or southbound as they have leads facing both directions.
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JAIL calling CSX now. 9:50 AM. No visual. At liquor store. FOR WORK PURPOSES.

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GRE 2104 getting organised at Ann St. Only a couple of cars in here today compared to Monday when the yard was almost full. Going east with just 2 covered hoppers.

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Track speed on the GDLK between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids is 25 mph. As Z said, quite a few customers between Plainwell and Byron Center.
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Grand Elk north through Byron Center at 4:47pm, WAMX 4124, WAMX 4017 and 12 cars.
Surprisingly enough, I didn't wake up from the southbound run last night, whenever that was.

Back south at 9:06pm, WAMX 4017, WAMX 4124, and two other locos, 46 cars.
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~Z~ wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:52 am
Yes, they do have work on their way north, if the businesses require it. They run faster than 10, but don't know their speed limit.
http://railroadfan.com/wiki/index.php/G ... _Customers
There is the list of Grand Elk customers. They have work at Bay Valley Foods in Wayland. There's two other customers that they definitely switch southbound, if they have traffic for them: Nutrien Ag Solutions in Moline, and Transcendia in Martin. There's also CHS in Wayland, but I don't know if they switch them north or southbound as they have leads facing both directions.
They switch Otsego NB then leave the cars, usually 3 to 5 boxes, on the old LSMS/NYC for pick up SB.
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Z62725 os GH 2019 lead Southbound 20:47
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