The Pere Marquette had rights over the Michigan Central from Paines into Saginaw. Those rights transferred with the subsequent ownership changes of both railroads.
Along come the Mid-Michigan Railroad and CSX sells them the line west of Shields. By doing that, CSX keeps the remaining Saginaw customers on that line to themselves.
As time goes on, CSX no longer wants to serve Saginaw. So they sell/lease their rights to the Saginaw Bay Southern/Lake State Railways. But Mid-Michigan still has no rights to enter Saginaw proper.
Obviously, the above is just a very general description of what really occurred with the tangle of tracks in and near Saginaw.
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