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Re: MIGN and Ann Arbor
Assuming all the cars interchanged to the C&O at Reed City were loads that had come across on the Chief, roughly the same ratio of return empties vs. loads that occurred on traffic interchanged with Conrail would apply. C&O did deliver inbound loads to MIGN at Reed City. Those cars would return empty to C&O at the same interchange. Overhead loads to the C&O would in almost all cases terminate on the C&O. There would have been a few that delivered via C&O to an eastern shortline which did not have a PRR connection. The C&O, just like the PRR, would have maximized the length of haul on its own line and thereby maximized its revenue. If MIGN had had interchange rights in Grand Rapids with the C&O, the PRR's heavyweight status from back in the day would have meant MIGN would have benefited from a longer haul to the C&O. As an aside, USRA/Conrail protected itself by retaining ownership of the GR&I several hundred feet north of the C&O/PC crossing in Comstock Park. MIGN did look at the possibility of laying parallel track on the east side of Conrail's ownership to connect with C&O directly.