STB authorizes Mineral Range to operate Upper Michigan line
Published: August 29, 2012
ISHPEMING, Mich. – The Surface Transportation Board has provisionally authorized Mineral Range to acquire and operate approximately 12 miles of line plus 1.9 miles of railbanked right-of-way from the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in Marquette County, Mich. Kennecott Eagle Minerals is opening a copper and nickel mine at Humboldt, Mich., that would be served by the reopened track.
The 12.06 miles of line is between milepost 73.60 near Landing Junction and milepost 85.66 at Humboldt Junction, and is used solely by Canadian National trains via trackage rights. Mineral Range would purchase the line from LS&I, with CN retaining operating rights.
The 1.9 miles of railbanked railroad is between Humboldt Junction and milepost 87.56 near Humboldt, Mich. Mineral Range would install new track over the abandoned section to reach the mill. Kennecott would rebuild another 0.75 miles of track into the mill area.
Mineral Range would move traffic from the mill to the yard at Ishpeming, Mich., where it would be interchanged to CN. LS&I has agreed to sell two yard tracks at Ishpeming to Mineral Range for this purpose.
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