Otto Vondrak wrote: As much as I would like to see my beloved Harlem Division come back to life!! -otto-
Otto, the sad, sad fact is that we have lost WAY
too many rail lines that should have never been taken out in the first place. I have a feeling that the day may come when we will sorely wish we had some of 'em back. Sadly, that is going to be hard to do as this thread had demonstrated.
It's not all the railroads' fault, either. I think property taxes play a role. If it weren't for property taxes, it might make sense to simply embargo a line like the Upper Harlem and maybe run a high-rail truck over it from time to time. Then if the future need arise - it's still there. Might just need new ties and balasting. A few states - Wisconsin comes to mind - have had rail freight preservation policies. But the Empire State has not been very good at this. Nor has my state (Indiana). To bad; it really is a shame.
Fred M. Cain
Fred M. Cain,
New Haven Railroad fan
Not afraid to use my own name