The OSB traffic from Louisiana-Pacific in Sagola seems to be heavier and the cars carrying it have changed a bit. Over maybe the last month or so CN 60' hi-cubes have been loading at LP. There also have been a few more loads on centerbeam flatcars. Corn and Soybeans from Oconto Falls continue to move 20-30 cars at a time maybe every week or so. The Oconto Falls canned vegetable traffic has started used insulated box cars with LRS reporting marks.
Not sure if these cars are an addition to the CSXT and Cryo-Trans cars or a replacement. Pulpwood traffic has continued strong. The stockpile in Crivitz was huge when I was up there a couple of weeks ago.
Also when I was up there I caught the 402 working storage cars on the Marinette Branch a few miles east of Crivitz:
About three weeks ago the 501 picked up a load of snow in the cut just south of Abrams. The 501 and 1344 brought in 76 and 2 that day. Here is the 501 sno-cone:
Today the 501 and 1338 came into NGB with 66 cars. I believe they had tied up at Lineville Road last night. The crew with Engineer Greg Bunce making a rare appearance down here brought in 66 cars (47 & 19). They had 22 loads (20 ELS box car and 2 centerbeam, no CN hi-cubes) of OSB from LP and 25 pulpwood loads. The empties were an empty tank from LP and some NOKL gons and AEX covered hoppers out of storage. Caught them in the snow at Lakeview Drive:
They pulled 46 cars out of the CN yard. 24 were more Badger Mining 34' sand hoppers for s-t storage I would guess. There are also about 35-40 Badger cars sitting on the old main south of Lineville. The rest of the train was a mixture of a few storage cars, empty ELS boxcars, a tank car load for LP and a Centerbeam Lumber load for either Bond St. in GB or Oconto Falls. At Lineville Road they picked up 60 WPS coal hoppers to haul north for storage. I'm pretty sure these were the 60 cars that WPS stored at the Pulliam Plant over the winter when no coal was coming in. The ELS already had the other 60 from that unit train set. So, it seems that with the reduced coal deliveries this particular train set will remain out of service. After they departed Lineville I got another shot in the snow a couple of miles north of Lineville:
Hope this was informative and I didn't put anyone to sleep. Any updates or corrections are welcome.
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