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CSX to dispose of Canadian trackage?

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http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/01/22-csx-reviewing-8000-miles-of-rail-lines-for-potential-sale (excerpts below - CSX subsequently denied the B&A would be disposed)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation is reviewing 8,000 miles of rail lines as potential candidates for sale or lease, Trains News Wire has learned.

People familiar with the situation do not expect all 8,000 miles to go on the block. 

But they say the sheer amount of mileage under review — more than a third of CSX’s 21,000-mile network — is an indication of management’s intent to leave no rock unturned in a drive to cut costs and boost profitability.

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Routes under review include:

  • The former B&O from Greenwich, Ohio, to Baltimore. (Update: CSX has since removed this route from the review list and will retain the line.)
  • The former Boston & Albany main and related branch lines in Massachusetts.
  • The former Louisville & Nashville between Cincinnati and Atlanta.
  • Most of the former Baltimore & Ohio main linking East St. Louis, Ill., and Cincinnati.
  • Former Pere Marquette trackage in Michigan.
  • CSX’s cross-border incursions into Canada and related U.S. trackage.
  • The railroad’s hard-hit Appalachian coal network, including portions of the former Clinchfield.
  • Large sections of the Florence Division in the Carolinas.
  • The Dothan sub in Alabama and Georgia.
  • The Auburndale sub in Florida.
  • Branches and redundant trackage scattered around the system, including some in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and New York.

 

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There has been much chatter in railfan circles up here about the Canadian trackage and its possible sale.

 

The consensus seems to be that the trackage around Montreal, and specifically the new intermodal facility at Beauharnois, is almost certainly going to be going on the block. The facility has never been as popular as CSX hoped, and is only running at about 10 or 15% of its capacity.

 

The trackage in Southern Ontario, and especially the industrial switching in Sarnia seems less likely to be sold.

 

Dan

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Would it be in the interest of a short line to purchase the routes?

If VIA had access to the CSX route could they make a route between Sarnia and Windsor through Chatham? What condition is that track in?

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1 hour ago, Shaun said:

Would it be in the interest of a short line to purchase the routes?

If VIA had access to the CSX route could they make a route between Sarnia and Windsor through Chatham? What condition is that track in?

If this is the current state of affairs I doubt it's very good at the Chatham end https://chathamvoice.com/2015/06/24/old-csx-line-remains-for-sale/

http://www.wallaceburgcourierpress.com/2016/05/09/council-votes-to-hold-on-to-rail-line

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Instead of selling it, why not lease the rights to use the line and that would pay for some upgrades and improvements. 

Sometimes municipalities don't think outside the box. They just expect anyone to come and pay top dollar for something. 

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19 hours ago, Shaun said:

Instead of selling it, why not lease the rights to use the line and that would pay for some upgrades and improvements. 

Sometimes municipalities don't think outside the box. They just expect anyone to come and pay top dollar for something. 

Why? Because the ROW is potentially a huge liability for them, and could make more money if sold off and redeveloped.

 

Thinking out of the box also means knowing what the potential problems are.

 

Dan

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The swing bridge in Wallaceburg might be a pretty expensive reason why CSX needed a lot of revenue to bother keeping the line beyond there open.

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Given how constrained the infrastructure around Montreal is by the St Lawrence, I wonder if there is any interest by CN (and Quebec/Montreal governments also) in acquiring the CSX track, and then finding a way to get from Beauharnois to the abandoned alignment heading southwest from Delson somewhere around Mercier, which would create in effect a "southern bypass" for trains for points east that do not need to go through the Montreal yards or the Port.

 

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