Shortline Updates May, 2021

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Asplundh vegetation control truck on the GR today. They have a nice crop of wheat started between the ties.

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Sounds like Grand Elk is already southbound out of GR, possibly blowing for 44th right now.

Edit. Correction. They were heading north earlier. Now heading south crossing 54th St (visual from the Home Depot parking lot).

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Grand elk south through Byron Center at 8:33pm. Wamx 4125 and WAMX 4225, both long hood forward, and I think 48 cars. Leaves are getting thick since I saw the train last week.
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Grand elk north through Byron Center at 3:43pm. Wamx 4225, wamx 4209, and 30 cars. Just walked in the door from a funeral and train was rumbling as I was taking off my shoes.

Back south at 6:08pm, WAMX 4209, wamx 4225, WAMX 4009 and 11 cars.
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20 hoppers in Lowell today. Mostly BNSF.

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~Z~ wrote:
Thu May 20, 2021 8:35 pm
Leaves are getting thick since I saw the train last week.
Is it time to breakout the chainsaw? :lol:

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Standard Railfan wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 8:11 am
~Z~ wrote:
Thu May 20, 2021 8:35 pm
Leaves are getting thick since I saw the train last week.
Is it time to breakout the chainsaw? :lol:
I was just thinking he needs to invite JT over.
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JAIL south from Mason at 22:23.

1758 1760, the business car & 4 coil cars

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Looks like they are stopping to switch at Michigan Packaging

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An LSRC grain train is currently being loaded in Standish

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JAIL went to the CN interchange today and left them a full gon from Padnos, 2 boxcars from MI Packaging and a full car of lumber for Biewer in Lansing from CSX. Easy money lol

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Logistically it makes sense for CSX to have JAIL interchange the lumber to CN but considering all the crazy routings railroads use to keep the revenue I'm still surprised it was done. I wonder if there is a back-story to why JAIL was included :?
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JAIL went to the CN interchange today and left them a full a full car of lumber for Biewer in Lansing from CSX. Easy money lol
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AARR wrote:
Mon May 24, 2021 1:36 pm
Logistically it makes sense for CSX to have JAIL interchange the lumber to CN but considering all the crazy routings railroads use to keep the revenue I'm still surprised it was done. I wonder if there is a back-story to why JAIL was included :?
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JAIL went to the CN interchange today and left them a full a full car of lumber for Biewer in Lansing from CSX. Easy money lol
Wild isn’t it? CSX just wants that dough I guess. Instead of running it to Toledo or Chicago and handing it off, might as well take it to the net? Lol good on em. It’s what CN would’ve done too

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Hi-Railer EB on GRE this morning near Ada.

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HESR pulled into Durand at 5:00 tonight before backing into the yard. Seems late for them.

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Grand elk north through Byron Center at 6:40pm. Per wifey: 4225, 4189 and another I forgot...about 15 cars? Not too long. Nice horn honker today
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~Z~ wrote:
Mon May 24, 2021 7:05 pm
Grand elk north through Byron Center at 6:40pm. Per wifey: 4225, 4189 and another I forgot...about 15 cars? Not too long. Nice horn honker today
Currently southbound and notching up their locos (sounds cool from a few miles away) and blowing at 36th St @10:29pm.

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ADBF 1760/1758 NB at Jolly Rd In Lansing at 8:38 AM

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LansingRailFan wrote:
Tue May 25, 2021 8:38 am
ADBF 1760/1758 NB at Jolly Rd In Lansing at 8:38 AM
NB at Baker Street at 8:53. Waiting for signal to cross CN.

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JAIL given the clear to get into CSX trackage. Will have to throw switches by hand as dispatcher said he could not get them to move automatically.

ADBF track crew is at the Kalamazoo Street crossing with backhoes and all sorts of fun stuff.

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Facebook chatter discussing CSX picking up the western wheat hauling for the GRE from an NS-Grand Elk routing. I assume this is some of the recent BNSF and UP covered hoppers coming up in small blocks on Q326. There was a CNW covered hopper in the mix yesterday. Does King mill any local grains, or do they just mill stuff brought from elsewhere and distribute around west Michigan?

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