CPSD40-2 wrote:I am hopeful that sometime soon we'll all know whats happening with the Corning Secondary north of Geneva. Until then, I'll keep my hopes up that there's a deal in the works. I crossed the line at Packwood Rd last week, after noticing that for the first time in a LONG time, all of the stored cars were cleared off Dove Siding and the main. North of Packwood Rd though, the rails are still rusty, and there's brush that looks to be pretty heavy growing up between the ties. I would assume that a detailed inspection of the line would be in order prior to use, and given the brush, I wonder if they will have to run a brush cutter through there before even the inspection can happen? After all, wasn't the line placed OOS by NS due to some specific part of the line "needing repair"?Those cars on Rich siding appeared to be the same ones that RockTenn in Solvay uses, so maybe business picked up and they needed them out there. Either way, I doubt it's any indication that anything is happening with the Corning Secondary.
It would certainly take some time to get the line into operable condition again and getting everyone qualified. The line has been out of service for so long that even those qualified on it previously would need to be requalified.
As to why the line was taken out of service, the official reason may be maintenance-related, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest the real reasons were more political in nature and will probably never be fully revealed. Rather than speculate reasons why it was taken out of service in the first place however, let's just hope FGLK is able to work out an agreement with NS. A lot of NS personnel are spreading rumors that a deal has already been reached in which FGLK will bring cars to Baker St. Yard in Corning, but until something appears on an NS bulletin or from the Surface Transportation Board, I wouldn't put much stock in this rumor -- it's just one of many that have yet to come to fruition.