GM Flint Assembly Questions

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GM Flint Assembly Questions

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1. How many autoracks a day are loaded now after the expansion?

2. Does the plant get switched every shift?

3. Has the number of rack trains to/from Flint increased since the expansion?

4. Is the David Rd tower still used?

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GTWwatcher wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:05 pm
1. How many autoracks a day are loaded now after the expansion?

2. Does the plant get switched every shift?
Last I heard CN pulls two 30 car blocks per day which are picked up by a local from Port Huron that runs them to Battle Creek. Things may have changed, though.
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Hmmmm, not aware of any locals out of Port Huron besides L533

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Does L501 no longer run out of PH?
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SD80MAC wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:56 pm
Does L501 no longer run out of PH?
L501 is now Flint to Battle Creek

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Quick facts:
1. L533 works 6 days a week on the Mt. Clemens sub and ON THE SEVENTH DAY they run to Flint and back and also work Lapeer Industrial.
2. The Flint yard job/local R943/944 work the plant as well as the parts plant and there’s a couple of other industries.
3. A491/A492/L501 work Flint and take racks East or west as needed. L500 terminates in Flint and usually moves traffic to and from Durand.
4. GM, urgent to ship out cars faster to the east coast and CN, unwilling to short haul racks down to Toledo to interchange w CSX, allowed CSX and their autorack loading subsidiary to reopen the ramps at Buick City. Trucks are trucked over to Buick City and loaded onto racks there, hauled by LSRC to Wixom and then hauled by CSX south and east.

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LansingRailFan wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:59 pm
Quick facts:
1. L533 works 6 days a week on the Mt. Clemens sub and ON THE SEVENTH DAY they run to Flint and back and also work Lapeer Industrial.
2. The Flint yard job/local R943/944 work the plant as well as the parts plant and there’s a couple of other industries.
3. A491/A492/L501 work Flint and take racks East or west as needed. L500 terminates in Flint and usually moves traffic to and from Durand.
4. GM, urgent to ship out cars faster to the east coast and CN, unwilling to short haul racks down to Toledo to interchange w CSX, allowed CSX and their autorack loading subsidiary to reopen the ramps at Buick City. Trucks are trucked over to Buick City and loaded onto racks there, hauled by LSRC to Wixom and then hauled by CSX south and east.
L533 works the MTC sub 7 days a week - and on one of those days will also work west on the Flint. FCA in Mount Clemens never sleeps. With the expanded GLR business in Fraser and the lumber and drywall business in Chesterfield, it is necessary to run daily.

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Man o' War wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:12 pm
LansingRailFan wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:59 pm
Quick facts:
1. L533 works 6 days a week on the Mt. Clemens sub and ON THE SEVENTH DAY they run to Flint and back and also work Lapeer Industrial.
2. The Flint yard job/local R943/944 work the plant as well as the parts plant and there’s a couple of other industries.
3. A491/A492/L501 work Flint and take racks East or west as needed. L500 terminates in Flint and usually moves traffic to and from Durand.
4. GM, urgent to ship out cars faster to the east coast and CN, unwilling to short haul racks down to Toledo to interchange w CSX, allowed CSX and their autorack loading subsidiary to reopen the ramps at Buick City. Trucks are trucked over to Buick City and loaded onto racks there, hauled by LSRC to Wixom and then hauled by CSX south and east.
L533 works the MTC sub 7 days a week - and on one of those days will also work west on the Flint. FCA in Mount Clemens never sleeps. With the expanded GLR business in Fraser and the lumber and drywall business in Chesterfield, it is necessary to run daily.

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Cool. I was told it was 6/1. Good for them if they can make both at the same time! I do know that sometimes A491 or 492 has been known to work Lapeer as well, probably due to 533 not having enough time.

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Re: GM Flint Assembly Questions

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From my job on the line, I can usually see them switching autoracks and frames at least once during my shift, if that helps. It may have slowed down a little, all 3 shifts were laid off this week and 2 weeks ago only one shift was working. Lol, there aren't too many trucks shipping out right now due to a shortage of chips which leads to a shortage of ECM modules. We've got trucks all over Flint right now, including Swartz Creek and Bishop Airport.

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