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Re: Elba Steve
Posted by Elba Steve
on 11/21/2017, 4:26 pm, in reply to "Elba Steve
Hey, kinda' brings back memories of my tenure there at the old Buick. 39.5 years at that. I have posted quite a few pic's of the Buick Railroad. Still have them at the photobucket site. At one time, there were 2 locomotives, and about 35 train crewmen, working 3 shifts, sometimes 7 days a week. The railroad slowly started dwindling during the 70's, as CSX was contracted to take over more and more of the switching duties. The final downturn came during the early 80's when the last iron was poured at the old factory #70 foundry. After that, there was only minimal switching done inside the complex by our railroad, until around 1986, when CSX took over the remaining work. When final assembly of auto's stopped in 1998, the CSX took a pretty good hit, as the daily 80 or so autoracks were no longer switched here. There was still a small amount of box cars loaded in plant #36 where 3800 engines were shipped out to various other GM Factories, until 2008, when that engine plant and the 3800 engine was shuttered. I still have my 2007 Lucerne, and it has a 3800 engine, one of the best one's GM ever produced.