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Re: DTE/St. Clair Coal in Flint
Well jd, Good to hear from you, and how are you managing retirement? As for CSX and EHH, I have a feeling that the Port Huron trains including the trackage to St Clair is going to go bye bye soon. EHH has already proven that there is more important trackage and operations than the 59 miles of CN trackage rights, that he could care less about. Sure, we all hope that nothing changes as far as CSX goes, but, if in fact NS gets to do the coal thing, that would probably push the Port Huron/St. Clair line into a shortline, or CN takeover. The propane trains have been real small of late, something to think about. After all, it is getting colder out now, and the trains have shrunk. One day, a week ago, the Flint/P.Huron train was only 9 cars. My prediction a year ago was that Lake State would get first grabs at what EHH doesn't want here. Lake State has been adding power and fixing trackage all the way to Alpena. And the Longway connector that CSX uses to get on CN tracks was given welded rail all the way around the big curve at Averill street. Time will soon tell, I do believe.