RRHX - Michigan Railroad History
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Regulatory burden, Class I disdain for small shippers
Reinforcing Elba Steve's comments, OSHA is also involved. Want to stand of top of a grain car to open and close the hatch covers, probe the load to take grain samples? Be sure to have your safety harness cable clipped to the overhead trolley on the beam installed over the center of the track the length that a man might walk in performance of his duties.
When the track inspector deems your side track switch needs replacement or the main line is being upgraded to welded rail, etc., be prepared to pay the railroad $300,000/switch. If you are a big enough customer, the business development department may offer you a per carload allowance of "x" for up to three years to reimburse you for the switch.