2,000? are you sure? that would be a train arriving every 45 seconds, not physically possible! Maybe it was 2,000/year (5.5/day).An article today says more than 2,000 trains a day would come into kirkyard and CN's East Joliet Yard would shift some repairs to Kirk yard so it dosent sound like the machinist will be going anywhere.
Sep 29, 2007 | Posted by: Chicago Tribune | Full story: Chicago Tribune
“This transaction will improve rail operations on the CN system and the rest of the Chicago rail network by moving CN trains out of the urban core to EJ&E lines on the outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area”
Seeking to sidestep Chicago's notorious rail congestion, Canadian National Railway Co. on Wednesday agreed to pay $300 million to acquire most of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Co., a regional line that rings the metropolitan area.
The deal, which Canadian National said 'fills the last gap' in its trans-Chicago network, is designed to let the company bypass much of the urban rail traffic that has long served as a choke point for railroad operators.
A spokesman said the company hopes the acquisition will allow Canadian National to eventually vacate an existing downtown route known as the St. Charles Air Line, which has long been the source of friction between the railroad and local residents and developers. Read more
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