This is from Paul. He wrote me off-group, so I'm forwarding it now...
Running a rail line up to the Johnstown industrial park is really not a big
stretch. Million dollars a mile is peanuts for a large corporation if they
intend to build a plant and "stay" there. Wallamrt might consider
cooperation if there were some real interest to rebuild from another
company. They could surely find a use for rail. (They probably already use
rail via container of f the ships to Selkirk or Syracuse then by hiway.) Of
course all businesses today want the federal government to put up the money
- but the Republicans are now out of favor - no more corporate handouts - I
It's the high bridge that will kill the interest. Replacing that is a big
deal. I would be very surprised it could handle a 143 ton car, the new load
standard four four axles. Bridge 1 at Fonda would need work too but that is
negligible compared to bridge 2.