June 10, 2019

The Michigan and Great Lakes reports that it has suspended all operations at 5pm local time today.  They have filed to abandon their current line.    A spokesperson for the railroad states; "The 1/2 mile line is just too big for our operations and we plan to scale back".  Investors for the company have complained that the railroad seems to only go in circles and only pulls empty cars. 

Company President made a statement right after the layoffs were announced: "at Michigan and Great Lakes RR, we strive to be the most efficient railroad, and we will rebuild.  We have plans to build a 2 track mainline, but have much smaller operations.  Maybe 1/8th of a mile would suite us better.  We really can move freight from Point A to Point A easier and make many more trips per day. "

Several people were on hand as #40 passed by the depot light on its way into storage.  

Stay tuned for progress on the rebuild here: New Layout Build Thread


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hokie71 posted:

Very sad posting, but we have hope for the future. How are the employees taking the news?

Some have fled to other parts of the state looking for work.  A few are left behind to tear out track and sell of equipment and buildings.   There is a rumor that a new office high rise for a big and upcoming photography business will be taking over the land.  Employees are hopeful that with the sale that will get a portions of the sales.


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Sir:

I think you are taking the wrong approach here.  Rather than smaller; you should be thinking bigger- as in bigger trains.

Here on the Harrisburg, Horningford & Western; we have implemented the elements of Precision Scheduled Railroading.  Our late CEO E. Hunter Hurtem was the champion of PSR at several other railroads before bringing the process to the HH&W.

As you can see in the video; we are running longer trains using distributed power and have also successfully “clean sheeted” our yards and sidings.  We have also slightly modified the conventional wisdom of PSR by adding cabooses back onto our trains.  This enables the brass to ride along and count all the money they are saving.

The only real downside to the longer trains is the backup at grade crossings but; those folks aren’t shareholders so who cares.  😉

Curt

 

 

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One thing that the M&GL is struggling with is the decision to sell their Great Lakes Car Ferry.   They do not want to "moth ball" it for years, in hope to put it back into service.  If they sell it they can use the revenue from the purchase to quickly acquire more land and track.  If they keep it they will need to find a place to it dock it.


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