Tadman wrote: ↑Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:20 pm You could go through Pokegama yard, but then you cut out Superior (and any hope of Wisconsin funding) and have to deal with CN, axle counts, dispatching, etc... not fun.If there's hope of Wisconsin funding, I think your suggestion of a Superior terminus is great, and potentially palatable to Minnesota legislators.
Worth nothing about the area: Duluth accurately views themselves as the wealthy cousin to the scruffy Superior. This is reflected in the available stores and amenities, as well as home prices and rents. If the train solidly served downtown Superior, Wisconsin might be more apt to give good funding to this operation, as it would enhance commerce in Superior.
Googling, I find Superior's mayor arguing for Wisconsin funding, but no sign of a sign-off from Dem. Governor Evers, let alone from the legislature which zeroed out 2nd Empire Builder funding from the Evers budget proposal.
(Or did they? Now I'm confused and don't want to spread misinfo. The GOP dominated legislature did approve Chgo-Milwaukee funding, but lowered the overall by $10 million. Was that $10 million related to the Milwaukee-Twin Cities segment?)
What's a movable bridge cost these days?