Re: [FJGRailroad] NYSW Utica Line (Was: Sammonsville Grade Unit Weights)
- Well said Aaron,but the speeds never went any higher than 30mph.Sherburne was picking up a little business in the past few months,but its no where busy like it use to be.Dog food place gets couple of cars a week,and Sherburne Metal gets a few cars a month. They went about 3 years without receiving any cars. Ballie Lumber loads a handful of cars a month.Thats it in Sherburne. Mark----- Original Message ----
From: Aaron Keller <akeller1979@...>
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 2:14:39 AM
Subject: [FJGRailroad] NYSW Utica Line (Was: Sammonsville Grade Unit Weights)Joe:
Back in 1980 there was more on-line business. And state grants helping
pay for construction work. The purchase from Conrail is described as
follows in Railpace Company's "Susquehanna: Shortlines to Stackpacks," by
"The transfer of the properties took place April 16, 1982, at the cost
of $4.2 million. The first DO train on the New York lines --- now
operating as the Northern Division of the New York, Susquehanna, and
Western --- ran the next day. DO received two years of operating
subsidies, assurance of tax exemptions from the six counties in which the
Northern Division is located, and promises by the State to fund track
renewal" (page 28).
"...Subsidies were to end after two years, so DO marketing people
actively solicited new business on the Northern Division" (page 29).
"Even when the subsidies did end in 1984, the Northern Division still
boosted DO's annual income. Taking advantage of State funding, Susquehanna
completed an extensive rebuilding of the Utica line in 1983 and 1984,
bringing the entire line up to 40 mph standards. The Syracuse branch
received work as well" (page 32).
The book describes Utica branch freight operations in 1987 as six or
seven days a week, with one train operating south from Utica and another
north from Binghamton.
Why not keep the line open to Sherburne? Has the traffic at the dog
food place and the steel place completely dried up?
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