A worthwhile read on CMQ track investments and the decisions regarding how to go about it, as well as on CMQ public relationships work with communities around the system. Nice to see quotes from CMQ officials in the context of a railroad orientated publication instead of a newspaper for the general public where there's the temptation to oversimplify for the average reader with no railroad knowledge.
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Ryan Ratledge, chief operating officer at CMQ: “When we arrived, we were told, ‘we were a Class 3, 40 mph railroad’, which is what the time table said at the time, but when you looked at the operating bulletins and speed restrictions, it was as a practical matter a couple of sections that were good for 40 mph, but most of the rest of it was 10 mph . . . One of the plays we immediately called was to abandon the fiction that it was practical to think about returning it to a 40 mph railway. We decided that we would return it to a continuous maximum authorized speed to 25 mph and get to work fixing the 10 mph slow orders.”