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Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western


A NASTY SURPRISE: BNSF Railway and short line DMVW received some bad news in November when Great River Energy an- nounced that it would not open its new coal- fired, 40-megawatt Spiritwood Station power plant, located on BNSF east of Jamestown, N.D. The plant would have burned lignite from the Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on DMVW, which would move it to the BNSF in- terchange at Bismarck to be forwarded to the plant. The short line has upgraded its track to accommodate the heavy trains, and in 2009 it purchased 80 covered coal gons for the service, along with five ex-Canadian National SD50F locomotives to pull them. While the coal cars are in storage, the big EMD’s are running in the general pool. Great River Energy says the plant might open in 2013 if demand for electric- ity, and prices, rise.


Genesee & Wyoming Industries


ADDS LEASED ROUTE IN GEORGIA: On November 2, 2010, Genesee & Wyoming an- nounced that its newly-formed subsidiary Hilton & Albany Railroad (HAL) will lease and operate over 56 miles Norfolk Southern (origi-


MARK MAUTNER Big Power Coming to the Georges Creek Railway THANKS TO A NEW COAL CONTRACT and the acquisition of 81/ miles of the former West- 2


ern Maryland Georges Creek branch between Morrison and Carlos, Md., the Georges Creek Rail- way was in the market for bigger power. The owners are Western Maryland fans, so GCRY searched out ex-WM power and bought BNSF SD38P No. 1556 (former WM SD35 7436, above), and SD40 7471 (ex-Helm 9044, CSX 8422). After an overhaul and repainting into the black WM speed lettering scheme at Metro East Industries in East St. Louis, Ill., they will join WM-paint- ed GP9s 25 and 39 and FA2 No. 303 (an unpowered cab car) in service out of Westernport, Md.


STEVE BARRY Watco Gains Controlling Interest in Wisconsin & Southern


WATCO TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, LLC of Pittsburg, Kan., will acquire a 90 per cent controlling interest in the 600-mile Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. WSOR President William Gardner will continue in that position and the colorful, well-maintained railroad will continue


to be operated out of its Milwaukee offices, including customer service and train dispatching functions. The deal is expected to go through by January 1, 2012. Watco operates 23 short line and regional railroads over 3700 miles of track in 26 states. See page 25 for more Watco news.


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