Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion - 2012

Postby BR&P » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:44 pm

lvrr325 wrote:What's become of OMID 201, 2-bay open hopper? 2006 photos show it sitting in Newark whitelined with "SCRAP" spray painted on it. Is that the same 2-bay that sat in Victor for a long time?


OMID had two former C&I hoppers used for ballast service. Somewhere I have the numbers but working from memory I THINK they were 165 and 404. They were oMID 201 and can't recall if 202 was lettered OMID or ONCT but both spend their entire Ontario Lines life on OMID. Unconfirmed reports said they were scrapped about 3 years ago.

When the ADIR was auctioned off in 1982, a former RDG 2-bay hopper was bought by....RSA Leasing??... and assigned to Ontario Eastern, as ONER 203. When ONER shut down that was sent to Victor where it served ONCT.

Somewhere about 10 years ago (Another one of those things I can produce an exact date if it matters to someone) ONCT arranged a trade. The Reading Technical & Historical Society bought a surplus AMTK ballast car which was shipped via NS to ONCT, becoming their 204. The RDG hopper was trucked out for restoration by the RDG folks.

By the way, the last I knew the former AMTK car - which was a former Airslide covered hopper - was still in service on FGLK as ONCT 204. It may have been relettered by now.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion - 2012

Postby judgesmails » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:08 am

Two hoppers were scrapped in the small Newark yard in August 2009. Here are three photos:

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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion - 2012

Postby charlie6017 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:31 am

Interesting shots.........Thanks Judgesmails!
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion - 2012

Postby lvrr325 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:59 pm

Well, that's a damned shame.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion - 2012

Postby BR&P » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:13 pm

The photo confirms that the 202 was indeed lettered for ONCT even though it never was on that property.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby thebigham » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:48 pm

http://www.fltimes.com/news/wayne-count ... 227c9.html

Wayne County renews lease with short-line railroad
By STEVE BUCHIERE sbuchiere@fltimes.com Oct 10, 2016

LYONS — The Wayne County Board of Supervisors has a new five-year track lease agreement with the short-line railroad Ontario Midland Railroad. But it’s not going to bring in revenue for the county. It’s for a dollar a year. Essentially, said Wayne County Administrator Rick House, the county owns the tracks — which comprise a couple of different rail lines that once operated in Wayne County — but Ontario Midland maintains them.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:26 am

Do they run with any sort of "regular" schedule?
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:50 pm

Benjamin Maggi wrote:Do they run with any sort of "regular" schedule?


When I spoke to Sandy last winter, she told me they run "as-needed" and a large part of their business is car storage. It sounds like they only run trains if the customer requests a switch.

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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby lvrr325 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:59 pm

They always used to run west in mid-morning, but it's been ages since I was up that way, the business I used to frequent closed up.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby charlie6017 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:05 pm

Here's a photo I took from the Maple Ave. crossing on 10/5, there wasn't much going on. The cold storage
behind me had a car sitting in their siding.

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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:53 pm

Thanks Otto and all for the schedule update.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby dj_paige » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:11 pm

I don't get out to Wolcott very often, but tonight the "yard" there was filled with boxcars and center beam lumber rail cars. At least two tracks were used for storing these cars (and maybe three tracks, I'm not too sure since I was driving by and you know, I had to watch where I was driving). Checking my photos of this "yard" from 2013, there was only one active/usable track at that time.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby lvrr325 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:02 pm

I notice looking at some Google Streetview photos the same small maybe 8,000 gallon tank car tucked in sidings in Williamson and East Williamson, coupled to the same large modern tank car and rusty covered hopper in both shots. and the same FGLK ex-Guilford box car coupled to it in one view, and on the same siding but west of the crossing in the other view.

Is this guy in some kind of captive service up there? It appears to be too old for interchange.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby BR&P » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:14 pm

If that's the car I'm thinking of, here's the story, or at least part of it.

When OMID started up, among the customers it served was Comstock Foods at Red Creek. They had a spur up there on which was an old tank car which they used for temporary storage of some liquid or other - possibly sugar syrup? When they no longer wanted the car, Comstock either gave or sold it to OMID.

OMID used the car a few times when doing their own weed spray. Diagonally across the tracks from the Sodus depot was an Ag service whose owner was a certified herbicide applicator. The tank car would be filled with water, and a flat car would be borrowed from Conrail. The spray guy set up large fiberglass tanks holding the various chemicals and a couple pumps on the flat car, and water was pumped from that tank car. Spray booms on the end of the car applied the mix to the right of way.

What OMID does with it now I don't know, since they contract out with one of the commercial applicators as far as I know. From an historical viewpoint I hope it goes to some museum instead of scrap when they decide to get rid of it.
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Re: Ontario Midland Railroad (OMID) Discussion

Postby BR&P » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:03 am

OK, after 45 minutes of digging I found the slide I was looking for - only to see that it was taken before OMID got that tank car. But here it is anyway.

Water was carried in the large tanks on the flat car in this scene from early 80's. OMID Track Supervisor T.C. Record in the red hat, contractor Bob Bull with his back to the camera.

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