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Been told earlier this year that the Frankfort District will get a tie/surface program from Muncie (Muncie East Yard) east to State Line. Suppose to bring the line up to 25mph. Currently its 10mph branch.NS downgraded this route from a through route after 1990, at that point NS had a local that ran the line, then the Lima/State Line segment was sold to RJCorman. NS interchanged with Corman at Portland daily, this lasted to around 2000ish, when Corman shifted all the traffic to Lima to NS. During the 1990's this was a 40mph railroad all the way to state line. It wasn't until after the completion of the new connection at Redkey that the line was downgraded to lower speeds, or 10mph. Traffic is heaviest from Redkey to Muncie.Today got word second hand that NS and Corman are going to start moving stuff again over this section.Program is suppose to start this summer, not sure on the date, but NS is rebuilding all the crossings and several bridges from Muncie to State Line.
So if they return to using the interchange at state line will they still interchange at Lima? Id hate to see the line to Lima become dormant. The last time i was through Frt Recovery the crossings were paved over abnd the flashers were removed.
Portland Pass is in HORRIBLE condition! Many a time I'd crack a window to make sure we didn't have a wheel on the ground. Harmonoius rocking and the potential of a derailment due to the spacing of jointed rail occurs in the 16-21mph range. Portland Pass has gotta be 3 or 4 mph lol.I wonder what lucky crew (prolly take several of them) will get to move the 26,000 feet of flat cars rusted to the rail for years now over on the state line?
Now as to the relocated switch at Redkey, if its tonnage trains they are moving over the Corman, NS might be kicking themselves for the move to redo the switch there.
I remember when they redid redkey to remove the diamond and switch to the stub track on the east side of the diamond. I think they put the switch in like that because they wanted to use Marion to Muncie as an overflow route, or to avoid trains having to shove the wye at CP-79 in Marion. Of course that went out the window.
We were told that because of the tonnage moving off the Redkey (grain from Andersons was the biggest) that the switch would be reversed and it was. What made no sense was stubbing Redkey siding, they should have just moved the switch down and left it short, they could have held the cars there for later. .
That would explain the street crossings being repaired in Portland. I work up there at Tyson so I get to at least hear the train come into town.
Did Tyson ever use thier spur? I was told it was built and never really used.
Could it possibly be that Corman would extend (through lease or purchase) their operations to Muncie and the work is a precursor/requirement to the deal going through?