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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby Statkowski » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:00 pm

Train ran on Monday, 4 SD40-2s + 65 cars.

Video of it at McGee's Mills Viaduct here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYGSNvqPPBI&t=83s

Can't see it, but a good sized deer ran across the tracks immediately in front of the train just as it came around the corner. Sorry, no deer strike this time.
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby pumpers » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:17 am

It was posted earlier that there has been no traffic to Fallen TImber in at least a year. Is there any traffic Cresson to/from Mahaffey, or Clearfield down to Phillipsburg/Osceola? Or are the Clymer trains the only thing right now for RJ Corman PA lines?
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby Statkowski » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:31 pm

Grain trains routinely run between Cresson and Clearfield (original trackage C&C/PRR Cresson to Mahaffey, P&E/BC/NYC Mahaffey to Curry Run, C&B/BCE/NYC Curry Run to Curwensville & C&M/BR&P/B&O Curwensville to Clearfield).

Coal shipments for REA and (I believe) Waroquier has shipped coal via Cresson. Coal from Clymer is run via the WBV to Keating.

Nothing out of Fallentimber, nothing out of Hillman. I believe the entire Hillman Branch has been sold to P&N Mining, and although some trees are now growing between the ties, the switch at PRR Junction on the Cherry Tree Branch is still in place.
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby pumpers » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:54 pm

Do the grain trains originate or terminate on line, or are they just a run-through short cut from NS to BPRR (or someone else)...
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby Statkowski » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:03 pm

Clearfield is the site of a large ethanol plant. Loaded cars run from Cresson to Clearfield, empty cars back to Cresson. Don't know where the covered hoppers originate from, but its west somewhere, all NS cars.

Since I'm on the Cherry Tree end of the line, I have no idea what routinely happens on the West Branch Valley line.
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby pumpers » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:28 pm

2012 at http://gantdaily.com/2012/05/16/pgp-ann ... -facility/
Fair use quote:
CLEARFIELD – Pennsylvania Grain Processing, LLC (PGP) has closed upon the purchase of a grain processing facility in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. The facility can process up to 40 million bushels of grain per year into 110 million gallons of ethanol and 330,000 tons of dry distiller’s grain with solubles. Ethanol is a renewable, cleaner burning, high-octane,

Figuring 4000 bushels grain per covered hopper, 30,000 gal ethanol per tank car, and 100 tons DDG per covered hopper, at full capacity that works out to , per year, roughly 10,000 hoppers in, and if output goes by rail, 3500 tanks and 3000 hoppers out per year, or about 200 hoppers in and 70 tanks and 60 hoppers out per week. PLus empties the other way. Hope I did the math right.
That will keep the rails shiny!

It's likely some of that ethanol heads east on NS to come into NJ (my state) on the NS ex-LV "Lehigh Line" , then the ex-Reading (now Conrail ) Port Reading Secondary, to final customers like Motiva on the Conrail Chemical Coast (ex CNJ line from Elizabeth to Perth Amboy).
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby Statkowski » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:12 am

Based on observations, it appears that only grain shipments (loaded in, empties returning) run via the Cresson Branch (Cresson-Mahaffey-Clearfield), which would lead one to guess that ethanol and spent grain shipments run via the West Branch Valley line (Clearfield-Keating).
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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Line

Postby Statkowski » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:09 am

First half of the third train this month went up the hill for Clymer this morning.

There's a string of loaded coal cars at Cresson right now, so they're probably from the Leslie tipple near Osceola Mills.

Leslie coal to Cresson (Leslie-Philipsburg-Clearfield-Cresson) and Clymer coal to Keating (Clymer-Clearfield-Keating). Maximizes mileage on the RJCP. From Cresson or Keating running eastward one still ends up in Harrisburg.
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