CN Updates - February 2020

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby cnw8835 » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:49 pm

L514 just went around the High Wye at Durand. Guessing light power from the 12 axle readback on the 257 detector.
M396 also just went through Durand with CN 3160 leading.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:02 pm

Train 514 with 5413 and faded SD40-2 5340 again (it has been on this train for a week now) SB past MP 22.5 at 5 pm lite.

And right behind it on the other main is a weekend 515 local SB with 5435 and a long train with a lot of boxcars.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:14 am

Northbound going through Linden at 6:15am. Not sure what train it is - this time of day options are 401, sand train (715?), or an extra, but likely 401.

UPDATE: By the detector at 59.9 with 652 axles!! Very likely now 401, and a nice sized train at that!

UPDATE: Presumed 401 has the CN 5613 in the lead per scanner chatter with the dispatcher.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:36 am

David Lang wrote:Northbound going through Linden at 6:15am. Not sure what train it is - this time of day options are 401, sand train (715?), or an extra, but likely 401.

UPDATE: By the detector at 59.9 with 652 axles!! Very likely now 401, and a nice sized train at that!

UPDATE: Presumed 401 has the CN 5613 in the lead per scanner chatter with the dispatcher.

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I heard but did not get out of bed to see two SB's past my house at MP 22.5 this morning. One was around 5 am before Amtrak 351 left Pontiac and one around 6:30 am after Amtrak. I suspect that the second was this one reported above as it was fairly long. Odd thing is that usually 401 doesn't go by without its NB counterpart arriving in Pontiac first as they exchange crews and I did not hear one around that time. Maybe I just missed it.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:22 pm

Hey Manistique - did you mean you heard 2 SB's or NBs', because the one I was listening to on the Scanner at 6:15am was a Northbound.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:12 pm

David Lang wrote:Hey Manistique - did you mean you heard 2 SB's or NBs', because the one I was listening to on the Scanner at 6:15am was a Northbound.

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Two SB's so there probably was the NB version of 401 that swapped crews in Pontiac that I slept through.

At 5 pm Train 514 was SB with the same two locomotives (5413 and faded 5340) and some stacks passed MP 22.5.

At 5:10 pm Train 251 is passing MP 22.5 with CN 2248 and 2290 and BNSF 7652.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:43 pm

At 7:42 NB Train 514 is passing MP 22.5 with that old, faded CN SD40-2 screaming away in notch 8 up the Hill.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby David Lang » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:38 pm

...and 514 by Linden at 8:32pm.

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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:43 pm

402 with CN 2556 solo through East Lansing at 21:43.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:18 am

116 by 205 at 2315 with 2 cn
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:11 am

Short wb by 205 at 0110 with 2 cn. All racks
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby AARR » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:42 am

SD50 5435 and GP38-2 5852 departing Pontiac Yard with the local. About 55 cars. Mostly center beams and box cars on the head end. Tank cars and loaded steel coil cars on the rear. A block of the box cars look like auto parts rather than lumber/paper.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:38 pm

AARR wrote:SD50 5435 and GP38-2 5852 departing Pontiac Yard with the local. About 55 cars. Mostly center beams and box cars on the head end. Tank cars and loaded steel coil cars on the rear. A block of the box cars look like auto parts rather than lumber/paper.



Headed back to Pontiac with 41 cars, mostly empty coiled steel cars. Past MP 22.5 at 3:38 pm.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby KC8RBK » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:00 pm

Looks like maybe a sand train eb by 205 at 1755 with 2 cn
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:06 am

Eastbound autorack train with CN 3174 & 3159 through Lansing at 23:05.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:19 am

Eastbound CN 5757 & 2548 through Lansing at 00:18. All autoracks except for half a dozen mixed cars on the rear.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:20 am

116 with CN 5745 & 2038 through Lansing at 02:20. Lot of racks on the rear.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Dan Cluley » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:44 am

Eastbound with CN 2222 & 2570 through East Lansing at 07:43.
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby nichoff81 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:08 am

Wb Amtrak mm 205 at 0907
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Re: CN Updates - February 2020

Unread postby Manistique » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:10 am

GT 5852 is powering 515 out of Pontiac today. Just passed MP 22.5 at 10:10 following Amtrak 353 down the Hill.
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