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jslader wrote:Are you talking about the B&O? If so that line is already double stack capable; has been since the late 90's. I have a magazine article from a railroad magazine (not TRAINS, R&R or Railpace) showing them enlarging clearances in Darby. The work was done as part of the original clearance enlarging work done in the mid-90's to allow double stacks into PA across the Pennsy mainline. The reason double stacks currently don't use the line is because they have no place to go; clearances through Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore prohibit stacks from traveling up and down the B&O.Ah ok thanks, yeah I was just curious if it actually was since there aren't any doublestacks on the line.
NellieBly wrote: The Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore will accommodate auto racks (19' 6") and stacked standard containers, but does not have the required clearance for stacked hi-cube containers (20' 6" ATOR). There's no way to get it, either, since there is only about a foot and a half of cover over the crown of the tunnel, and there's a drain under the floor. A new tunnel would be needed.CSX has published a figure approaching $ 1 billion to clear (not sure by what option) the Howard St. tunnel to 20'6". Gotta wonder if they'll seek some sort of solution, including possible alternatives, that'll allow them to handle the growing domestic doublestack intermodal segment along their I-95 corridor.