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.