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LSRR Could Gain a Lot...
Posted by Elba Steve
on 1/23/2018, 2:13 pm, in reply to "Bittersweet
LSRR is in a good position here to gain substantially. They already have good traffic base in the tri-city area, as well as the traffic flow in and out of Alpena, and Gaylord. Nearly everything they move interchanges with CSX in Flint. CSX rebuilt the main line(S) from Grand Blanc to McGrew 4 years ago. In doing so, they also removed the secondary main from North Kearsley to Atwood Junction. The St.Clair traffic is steady, some days not so much, but most of the time the trains run 30-70 cars. The Longway connector track around the curve at Averill avenue was rebuilt in 2016 with heavier rail, new ballast, some tie work. The rail was welded here, also. If CN isn't interested in the St. Clair traffic, this would also be a good buy for LSRR. And, in my crystal ball, I just can't see CN being interested. You can bet that they make pretty good on the current trackage rights, an they don't have to do any switching once the trains leave CN rails at Port Huron. Will CSX sell Grand Rapids east? Maybe not. They want to get out of the old B&O line across northern Ohio, so, they may hang on to the Chicago/GR/Plymouth/Toledo line. Just my guess at best. Sounds like we will know sooner than later, huh?