Turn Job

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  • The train is based in Sparta, Michigan
  • It is the main "road freight", north of Sparta, bringing all traffic for Ludington and Manistee overhead
  • Handles all customer switching between Sparta and Baldwin


900 ET Call to Sparta, or if it has run late, wherever the Z151 crew made it to. Brings train to Baldwin, where the train is switched out with the Bald Eagle job. Outbounds head south, inbounds north. Occasionally, power is exchanged as well. Then the train returns to Sparta. All customers switched as-needed, and either direction as warranted. Eventually, the train returns to Sparta and terminates.

Frequency: Monday-Friday, 900 ET Call


Generally, the train uses the same power as Z151. The consist typically includes two to four of Marquette's units, and can be any mix of SD40-2s and GP38-2s, however the typical arrangement is for two SD40-2s and one or two GP38-2s. Power tends to vary based on projected tonnage, and the shop schedule in Manistee. If power is changed, it is usually done when the train meets with the Baldwin Blazer.


Old BAL-GRR-BAL Z151 Turn schedule ended November 2013. Back to daylight schedule March 2014; Name changed to Turn Job from Night Crawler

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