The Dispatcher
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Operations - September 21, 2010
After taking the summer of 2010 off, the Chicago & Mackinac Railroad was back at it again - in full force.  We had a last
minute cancellation again, but ended up with 7 enthusiastic operators who did a great job of moving passengers (?) and
freight.  You can check out the Ops Stats tab to see that we moved a whole bunch of through freights this time and
consequently a whole crap load of cars. (Hey, is crap load a technical term?)  Here is the operation:
The Operators
kept them open.  The other operators were Steve Kleszyk, John Blunden, Earl Gribovan and Steve Van Meter.  Everyone kept very busy and
even the Superintendent was pressed into service as a lowly train engineer!
Statistics:
2 1st class passenger trains
2  2nd class Fast Freights (#210 & #211)
12  turns (out plus back)
10 through freights
4 PRR interchanger's (2 out plus 2 back)
4 boat interchanger's (2 out and 2 back)
0 Ann Arbor & Kalkaska Interchange runs (out plus back)
2 unit coal trains (one south and one north)

Online customer deliveries/pick ups totalled
70 cars at industrial sidings and in addition, we even picked
up/setout a total of
15 express loads in our passenger operations.  
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Thanks Crew Members
Another great operations.  We will not wait 3 months to have another one!
The Operators
Here is Steve K. standing by Walton
Hotshot #210, the Northwoods Fast
Hotshot #210, the Northwoods Fast
Freight which is seen on the lower lever
Freight which is seen on the lower lever
(with the ex-EL engine) about to enter the
Comstock Park Yard. Steve looks like his
is having fun.
shown near Walton Junction.  Only he is actually
that dropped some cars on the WJ setout track.  
shown near Walton Junction.  Only he is actually
Steve is reporting his location to the DS, working
the town.  Steve has a through freight although
it looks like he is about to eat the radio!  Steve,
eat dinner before you show up and you won't be
wanting to eat the equipment <g>.
inadvertently mis-labeled Steve W. as Earl
G.  Well this is the real Earl while he was
For the last ops, the editor of this website
inadvertently mis-labeled Steve W. as Earl
G.  Well this is the real Earl while he was
working Cadillac.  (this is not Steve W, who
was nowhere to be found!).
Jeff, the Mackinaw City
Yardmaster, had the Freight
ready to go when the Extra 314
(see Move of the Day) (center
track in photo) had the
southbound #211 consist ready
to go.  And on Track #3 (track
on the right) has the consist of
the newly arrived northbound
#210 being worked by the yard
Since the Superintendent was busy operating trains, his photography job
took a back seat.  However, a really neat move was when the Dispatcher let
the northbound #210 overtake the lowly through freight, extra 314.  Seth
ordered the X-314 into the Traverse City siding and let the #210 go by on
the main.  The photo on the left shows the head end of engine #332 going
by engine #314.  The photo on the right shows some to the hotshot consist
going by.  Cool move.
We asked Seth to be the dispatcher and,
accepted.  We moved lots of through
freights and Seth kept them all moving.
Going forward, Seth has agreed
NOT to allow the #101,1st class
passenger train, to be stabbed by
the lowly empty coal drag!!!

Actually, we oiled up the two passengers
with enough free booze so they really
didn't mind
Andy hasn't run Comstock Park Yard
Actually, the yard was a retirement job
Andy hasn't run Comstock Park Yard
for the first half of the operations, but
for awhile and now he remembers why!  
then Andy need to get to work!  He kept
the yard open all night.
It's a good thing that the yard started out
saying "What the hell is this thing?" <g>
City.  His yard, like Andy's,
was pretty darn clean at the
Here is Jeff up in Mackinaw
beginning.  Of course that all
changed as the operations
To his credit, he took him.  
Also see the pic below with
the way he turned around the
hotshot #210, the Northwoods
Fast Freight.
operators, worked many different jobs
Turn.   He, as well as all of the during
the operations.  He was the lucky one to
operate the unit coal train.
Here is dispatcher Seth doing
double duty and giving the #211,
Northwoods Fast Freight, a visual
check as it rolls southbound into
shows that he takes his work very
serious (or is he hypnotized?)
Jeff looks like he is having fun (early
on, while the yard was clean).  He
ended up with heart burn, but kept the
yard open.
Move of the Day
Another Cool Move
goat.  When Extra 314 cleared track #1, the hotshot power
was tacked on and southbound it went.  Very Impressive.
The Crew
Better luck next time.