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Re: Track rights at Paines/GTW Owership
When the GTW acquired the PC trackage in 1976, it also included a short section south of Paines on the former PC to beyond the bridge over Swan Creek. By this time, trees were growing up between the rails south to Chesaning. The GTW wasted no time removing that bridge over Swan Creek. It was always speculated they did that to prevent TSBY or anyone else from somehow getting access to Saginaw traffic via that route. Also, there was a time in PM days when they used the West Side Belt between Mershon and Fordney and then out to Paines. I believe there used to be a station at Court St on the belt line. However, that route was not really suitable for C&O to use for their road trains since it ran right through neighborhoods with several crossings where they had to stop and flag. When the West Side job was using that route, they always had just a small switch engine. The GTW Paines Sub was nothing to write home about either. We always had to figure an hour running time from Mershon to Paines when figuring our meets on the Elmdale Sub. When I was dispatching in Saginaw, our trains off the Elmdale Sub could proceed right by Paines, but had to get permission to proceed from the GTW dispatcher (via Mershon operator) to proceed east of Superior St. Also, the fact that LSRC owns a short section now at Paines was news to me.