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Re: On it's Way
I've been seeing boxcars (either for Cargill to ship salt in or as buffers for the tanks Steve mentioned), various CSX covered hoppers (mostly of the 2 bay variety- I think someone is transloading to or from some of these on the Davis Road end of the St Clair yard), the plastic pellet cars are more rare now than they used to be, but there's at least one recipient of the cars on the north side of St. Clair.
There are also 89(?) foot flat cars with steel I-beams coming in loaded. I've heard that the cars are destined for the DTE coal plants, for transloading to trucks which are taking them to the site of the gas plant DTE is building, but I can't confirm. I've also heard that DTE was hoarding the empty cars, but that came from the same source as the destination of the loads.
I don't think I missed anything (that I'm aware of anyway), but I don't see CSX here nearly as often as I hear them.
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