Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

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Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Post by Notch 8 » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:48 am

The westward extension toward Chicago is progressing...westward. In fact, the gang is almost to 550E, which is about two and a half miles to the west of South Milford.. The extension is 7000' and will be used to hold cars for loading and is on the former ROW
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Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Post by D.L. » Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:09 pm

:D Glad to see the 4th district coming back.

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Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Post by Bob Durnell » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:38 am

Are they not the ones that took up the track from Wolcottville to South Milford in the first place?
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Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Post by zuluwiz » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:34 pm

Am I understanding this right? They are putting down new track to store cars on? How much did it cost to do this?

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Re: Indiana Northeastern's Western Extension towards Chicago

Post by Notch 8 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:08 am

Bob Durnell wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:38 am
Are they not the ones that took up the track from Wolcottville to South Milford in the first place?
I bet that you're correct they lifted/severed way too much track sidings at Helmer and Hamilton which are now both in service.
zuluwiz wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:34 pm
Am I understanding this right? They are putting down new track to store cars on? How much did it cost to do this?
Reality is that a little more track is needed to store hot grain trains in the fall. And being able to sit on a train or two gives SMG an advantage in the competitive grain train game. But stopping short of the next crossing west (County Road 550E)
Last year they had to sit on 1 or 2 grain trains because there was no place go the train to go after being loaded - So this gives them some flexibility to handle unit trains, Yes storage but not long term storage they have also take the track to Class 1 from South Milford to to Pergo Jct.
Several years ago Michigan had a bulk of the traffic and now the Indiana portion of the trackage has had a good uptick in traffic..

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