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CHASE GUNNOE CSX Puts [Intermodal] Logo on New GE’s

THE LATEST BATCH OF 50 CSX ES44AC’S (Nos. 950-999) sports an adaptation of the “How America Moves” logo that’s been used on CSX In- termodal containers and in print, internet, and television advertising for

Grenada Railway

CASEY JONES LINE GETS REPRIEVE: Due to vigorous objections raised by lineside businesses and communities, the Grenada Railway has withdrawn its request to abandon 81 miles of former Illinois Central trackage be- tween Grenada and Canton, Miss. The line was purchased from Canadian National in 2009 and originated and terminated less than 300 carloads in 2010. One embargoed bridge needs an estimated $750,000 in repairs, and the line is plagued by many ten m.p.h. slow or- ders. Before Grenada decided not to abandon, short line holding company Iowa Pacific had expressed interest in purchasing the route, said to be worth about $21 million as scrap. The railroad passes through Vaughn, site of the famous Casey Jones wreck of 1900.

Saratoga & North Creek

TAHAWUS LINE OPERATION BLOCKED: Due to a single letter of protest from a conser- vation group called Protect the Adirondacks! Inc., the Surface Transportation Board has turned down Saratoga & North Creek’s bid to provide common carrier rail service over the Tahawus Line, which the railroad purchased in October 2011, between North Creek and the NL Industries Tahawus mine in the town of Newcomb, N.Y. S&NC has appealed the deci- sion with support from NL, which currently ships 30,000 tons of crushed rock and 3000 tons of magnetite out of the facility every year, all of it by truck. Besides NL Industries, Bar- ton Mines, a producer of industrial garnets, has also expressed interest in shipping by rail.

Sierra Northern

TRAFFIC RETURNS AS MILL REOPENS: The Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill in Standard, Calif., has reopened after a two and a half year closure, during which $15 million worth of improvements were made. The com- pany started shipping outbound finished lum- ber over the Sierra Northern on November 11 and plans to increase its use of the railroad over the coming year.

MICHAEL T. BURKHART Lehigh Railway Expands Roster, Acquires EMD’s

THE LEHIGH RAILWAY has added four EMD’s to its original roster of three U23B’s. GP40s 3001 and 3003 (above, at Wyalusing, Penn., on October 9, 2011) and SD40-2s 5700 and 5721. Nos. 3001 (built as Baltimore & Ohio 4021) and 3003 (originally Seaboard Coast Line 1571) came from the Providence & Worcester, while the SD’s are ex-Canadian Pacific, where they wore the same numbers. U23B No. 2304 remains on the LRWY, while the others went to the affiliated Luzerne & Susquehanna and Owego & Harford. LRWY operates the former Lehigh Valley main line between Athens, N.Y., and Mehoopany, Penn., interchanging with Norfolk Southern in Sayre, Penn., and with Reading & Northern at Mehoopany.


the past few years. Brand new No. 959 shows off the new image on the former Clinchfield as it leads a twin on train U303, coal loads bound for Cross, S.C., through Fort Blackmore, Virginia, on November 18, 2011.

Watco Transportation

THREE IN A WEEK: Short line holding com- pany Watco Transportation LLC scored a hockey “hat trick” late in 2010. On November 29, Watco announced that it had acquired a controlling interest in the Wisconsin & South- ern (page 23). Then on December 1, the com- pany said it would serve the Swan Ranch In- dustrial Park in Cheyenne, Wyo., with its new Swan Ranch Railroad. The following day, Watco’s newly-estab-

lished Birmingham Terminal Railway said it would purchase the Birmingham Southern

Railway of Birmingham, Ala., which serves the United States Steel Fairfield Works as well as the Port Birmingham rail-to-barge transfer facility on the Black Warrior River. In-plant switching at Fairfield is done by BSRR subsidiary Fairfield Southern. This lat- est deal is expected to go through by February 1, 2012. Birmingham Southern is currently owned by Transtar, a U.S. Steel subsidiary which also owns the Gary Railway in Indiana; the Lake Terminal in Ohio; the Union Rail- road and the McKeesport Connecting in Penn- sylvania; the Delray Connecting in Michigan; and the Texas & Northern in Texas.

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