Grand Trunk Western delivered stone to us in Mount Clemens from AA in 30-50 car blocks into the 1960's. It took roughly three days to get it from Oxford to Mt. Clemens on the GTW, whereas the sand we had delivered from Koenig in the same area took around 18hrs. Never could figure out what in the hell was going on there. Eventually, we switched to dump trucks and thus began the slow destruction of M59 and 24 - pounded away by every ready mix company in greater Detroit (East side). Toward the end, one problem we had was securing hoppers from GTW for aggregate service. If you recall the final years of GTW, you'll remember seeing very few - if any - open top hoppers, other than in company ballast service. With the advent of larger double bottom dump trucks, GTW pretty much gave up on what had been a highly lucrative business...
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