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RRRICH
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Hi all! In case anyone was wondering where I've been the last couple weeks, I have been MOVING!!! I was off line for a few weeks while my computer moved 1300 miles to the north and changed Internet providers.

I retired from the State of Florida on May 17, and am now living in Grayling, Michigan!! I am FAR from any AMTRAK lines, but I am a few hundred yards away from the Lake State Railway, a short line which has about one local freight every week or two.

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Good to see you online again!

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David Pressley

Advocating for passenger trains since 1973!

Climbing toward 5,000 posts like the Southwest Chief ascending Raton Pass. Cautiously, not nearly as fast as in the old days, and hoping to avoid premature reroutes.

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That's a switch, moving from Florida to Michigan!
Talk about a contrarian!

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Good to see you back, Rich, albeit in a northerly locale.
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Well Rich, time to start a campaign to "bring back the Northern Arrow?"
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Yes, the Northern Arrow ran on what is now part of CSX (which, if reinstated, could be an extension of the current Pere Marquette train from CHI to GRR)--the tracks are still there. That is a little further west than where I am. The current Lake State Railway, which runs past my new house, was originally the Detroit & Mackinac RR, which, even until the 1950's and possibly the early 1960's, had a daily train from either Detroit or Bay City-Saginaw up through Grayling and eventually to the Straits of Mackinac (was that the Northland?). I believe the Michigan Central either at one time owned this part of the D & M, or had trackage rights on it.

Of course, nowadays, Lake State has maybe one train a week from Bay City to Gaylord -- I believe they haul mainly gravel, and maybe one or two other commodities.

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I absolutely stand corrected; my immediate post should have noted Northerner vice Northern Arrow.

From a 1958 NYC "thousand and one' (System PTT), Northlander 395 left Detroit 1050P, stopped Grayling 525A, and arrived Mackinaw City 820A. Return 394 left Mackinaw City 915P, stopped Grayling 1135P arrived Detroit 645A.

By that date, Sleeping Car service comprised a 22 Rmt line that only ran alternate days. By comparasion, a review of a 1954 "1001" shows a 6BR-Lng (light Breakfast) and a 10 Sec 3 BR Pullmans, as well as a ferry connection to the Island. Central clearly saw "the writing on the wall" during the '50's.

Finally to Mr. Nicholson; not everyone wants to "go down below to close it out"; Rich Kimmel, who I know face to face, was there for a job - both he and wife, Jan, are from the Midwest. Despite a strong "sales pitch' to "come on down' to The Villages - and at a time when the real estate market was "hot" and I was more receptive to "wine, women, and song" than I ever am today, I chose to stay put - and will do so for as long as my health permits.

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Great to have you back, Rich.

Richard

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Gil -- thanks for the correcton! Yes, that is the schedule I recall from the Northlander!!!

And yes you are correct, Gil -- the only reason I went to Florida 20 years ago was for a job! Yes we are from the Midwest!! (primarily the Chicago area). I NEVER thought I would EVER end up getting a job in Florida back in the early 90's, but I did and stayed there almost 20 years!!

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Well Rich, congratulations on retirement, wherever you choose to enjoy it. I am still in the dreaming stage, and awaiting children's "settling down" to see if my choices expand. Hope to read more or your trip reports in the future.
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