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tion at a maximum speed of 110 m.p.h. (The passenger carrier’s Port Huron-Chicago Blue Water also uses the route between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.) NS recently cut maintenance and imposed many slow orders due to the line’s reduced importance to the freight carrier, which has caused chronic delays to Amtrak trains. Beginning next spring, the state will in- stall new welded rail and ties and improve 180 grade crossings, plus provide the infrastruc- ture required for the future application of Posi- tive Train Control. MDOT is currently negoti- ating with NS to purchase the route, and will receive another $150 million grant from USDOT for that purpose later this year. Three daily Wolverine Service trains currently run over the corridor in each direction (plus the Blue Water west of Battle Creek), and MDOT has been planning to establish commuter ser- vice between Ann Arbor and Detroit.


SUSQUEHANNA BRIDGE FIX ON TAP: The United States Department of Transporta- tion has given $22 million to the Maryland DOT for preliminary engineering and environ- mental studies related to the replacement of Amtrak's 105-year old, double track bridge over the Susquehanna River near Perryville at Havre de Grace, Md. Built by Pennsylvania Railroad predecessor Philadelphia, Wilming- ton & Baltimore in 1906, the span handles about 100 Amtrak and MARC passenger trains each day, plus several Norfolk Southern freights. The new structure will have three or possibly four tracks in order to help eliminate the current bottleneck between Perryville and Baltimore.


Canadian Pacific


SOO LINE SD60 REBUILDS: Several Soo Line SD60s and SD60M’s including Nos. 6025, 6040, 6041, 6050, and 6060 are being over- hauled in kind by Canadian Allied Diesel in Montréal. The units are also losing their Soo Line identities: the first one to return to ser- vice was ex-Soo Line 6050, now Canadian Pa- cific 6250, in early October. The railroad plans to renumber the Soo SD60/60M’s into the CPR 6200 series to avoid conflicts with the remain- ing CPR SD40-2s.


Coos Bay Rail Link


SERVICE RESUMES: Coos Bay Rail Link resumed limited freight service between Eu- gene and the North Spit of Coos Bay, Ore., on Tuesday, October 11. The line had been dor- mant since Central Oregon & Pacific embar- goed the line and suspended operations in Sep- tember 2007 due to hazardous tunnels and deferred maintenance. The International Port of Coos Bay purchased the route in March 2009 in order to restore service. Nine tunnels have been repaired along with several bridges, and the track has been brought up to FRA Class 1 standards, which allow 10 m.p.h. freight operation. By early next year service is expected to begin to Coos Bay and Coquille fol- lowing repairs to a key drawbridge, and track speeds will gradually be increased. The first motive power is a Conrail-blue EMD SW1200 switcher numbered CBR 1203, a former Taco- ma Municipal Belt Line unit.


ADAM STEUBGEN Brookville Demonstrator Sold


CENTRAL CALIFORNIA TRACTION has acquired Brookville Equipment BL21CG Co-Gen- eration demonstrator No. 259. Rebuilt from former Maine Central GP38 No. 259 in 2008, the 2100-h.p. genset gets its power from three 700-h.p. Cummins QSK-19 engines . The unit features extended range dynamic brakes that are effective down to .6 m.p.h, and that power is used to op- erate auxiliary equipment when braking. CCT had tested the unit in October 2009 and found that it used 49 per cent less fuel than a GP18 at 25 m.p.h. when pulling a comparable load, and it also accelerated faster. The one-of-a-kind locomotive was photographed at the Buffalo & Pitts- burgh engine terminal in Butler, Penn., en route to its new home on October 5, 2011.


JOE FERGUSON NRE Introduces Two New Genset Models


NATIONAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT 2GS36C-DE NO. 3600 was unveiled on September 19, 2011, at the Railway Supply Institute’s Railway Interchange 2011 trade show in Minneapolis. The 3600-h.p. road unit was built on the frame of a Union Pacific SD40-2 and is powered by two Cummins QSK50L V-16 engines. NRE also introduced 2GS14B/SW No. 1400, an end-cab version of the 2GS14B, which has two Cummins QSK19 engines.


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