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Re: Another connection at Rochester
I grew up in that area and there was a siding (before my time) there west of Ryan down the tracks. That was Depew Siding. There was also two or three spurs there two north and one south of the main. These went into the old pits there. The dump at 23 and Ryan Rd (Dan's Dump was the name) was on the G&H landfill area. I worked at Port-a-John there and we stored the potable toilets on parts of the landfill. This who area was heavily contaminated due to the dumping of automotive wastes. My dad used to say tank cars came in on the spurs and dumped onto the ground and the contaminates just ran into the lagoons.
Now as for the pits and track, the aerials look like a connection was there. I have posted photos of this before. I do not thing they would use these connections as interchanges, but mainly easy in and out for the respected pit operations.
Now I do remember seeing a track chart of that area showing the siding and spur into the dump / pits. There was also one to the pits north of 23 mile. Here is what I have and remember seeing on an old track chart from 1940s time frame.
From Trainz 2012 sim that I made from memory as I can recall.
DTE 1949 aerial.
The 1940s was when road building really took off in Michigan and any gravel and sand source was used.
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