Steven W Panek postedThe CN decided to yard an empty auto rack train on the American Chemical Service lead at Griffith, Indiana. The east end of Griffith Yard is blocked from what l can see. Photo taken this morning [Oct 12, 2017] from the S. Broad St grade crossing
[The engines are on the interchange track that goes to the remnants of the C&O mainline that serves the American Chemical Services plant. The track in the foreground is the interchange track between CN/EJ&E and CN/GTW. Griffith Junction is to the right and behind Steven.]
I believe the orange cars are covered coil cars, which makes sense considering both ArcelorMittal and US Steel have big plants up north by the Lake Michigan shore. After all, the EJ&E used to be owned by US Steel. And the tank cars are probably because of the British Petroleum Refinery and companies in the area that service tank cars. What I found particularly interesting was the variety of covered hoppers. I spotted a couple that had 10 hatches on top. That is the most I have seen. And some short ones that have just three hatches. In the lower-left corner is the east end of a tank car loading facility for the pipeline facilities near this yard. I spotted Marathon, Buckeye Norco, and Enbridge. Judging from some Bing images, this loading facility is rather new.
Phil Vaclavik posted