At Abrams, about 15 miles farther north, there were five cars on the pulpwood spur. One of them sported some odd reporting marks, ELSX. According to Greg Bunce these cars are the former WREX cars and are also stencilled for "Franks Logging.":
At Stiles Junction there were 3 ATGX covered hoppers and 2 CSXT insulated box cars. Not sure if they are empties for OF or loads for GB. The CH's are for corn and the CSXT's are for canned vegetables. The Co-op at Coleman had 4 covered hoppers spotted on their spur. This is in all likelihood fertilizer.
Arriving Crivitz I was in luck as there was scanner chatter and cars moving westward across HWY 141 from the M&M branch. Apparently, the crew with ILSX 1344 had pulled a large cut of cars east through the SE leg of the wye onto the M&M branch, dropped off maybe 10 NDYX gons, and then shoved the rest north on the other leg and back to the main. After getting on the main the 1344 pulled south toward the yard:
The crew left their Green Bay cars north of HWY W. The crew then grabbed the NDYX's off the SE wye and put them on the main. The conductor indicated they had a lot of work left and then they headed to the south end of the yard to switch out the 15+ cars they held onto plus some of the yard tracks. After an hour or so I noticed a log truck had showed up at the old pulpwood spur and was loading a Thilmany Paper gon (Thilmany is in Neenah, WI):
The newer pulpwood spur had about 7 or 8 empties spotted on it. A rather eclectic bunch of more orange gons, non-stake bulkhead flats of various lengths and an ELS black gon. As none of these cars would be allowed onto the CN with pulpwood loads, they will go north to probably LP at Sagola when loaded.
After waiting for about two hours I finally ran out of time and had to head home. We should be seeing the 1344 roll into Green Bay tomorrow.
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