Freight train traffic to shift in Mar...

Freight train traffic to shift in March in wake of rail merger

There are 346 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 1, 2009, titled Freight train traffic to shift in March in wake of rail merger. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

More freight trains will be rolling through suburbs lining the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway starting March 4 now that the line has been acquired by the Canadian National Railway, the Montreal-based railroad ...

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beagle

Richmond, Canada

#346 Feb 24, 2009
I was extremely saddened when I read a news report on Jan 28, 2009 that indicated that the town council of Aurora had decided to disregard the studies/deliberations of their support staff -- the employees and engineering staff of Aurora and contest the STB ruling. The elected officials decided that receiving CN funding for 68% of an overpass on Ogden Avenue was not adequate.
They wanted more.

No doubt Aurora's politicians thought there would be no downside for their contesting the STB ruling. They were wrong. They do not have an mitigation agreement with CN. They are merely the benificary of a ruling by the STB. Since they chose to dispute the ruling their "bounty" is not protected.

What becomes exceedingly disturbing is the political "slant" that the politicians have continually assigned to any documentation. Obviously, they hope that none of their constiutents actually read the originals. As an example the information in the press story below completely misrepresents the information from the ICC filing to the STB.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews...

http://www.stb.dot.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93...

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Bill-Elgin

Elgin, IL

#347 Feb 24, 2009
JBChitown wrote:
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.... CN needs to abide by the mitigation measures placed on them by the STB...
That's like saying BARRINGTON needs to abide by the STB decision. Barrington can object, as can CN. In fact they BOTH are doing so. We understand why CN is objecting.
My GGGeneration

Addison, IL

#348 Feb 24, 2009
JBChitown wrote:
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Yeah...there you go. Way to use the stimulus funds, to the benefit of CN Rail! Are you f'n kidding me?? CN needs to abide by the mitigation measures placed on them by the STB AND I will continue to contend that the STB was short sighted in it's review and there should be MORE mitigations placed on CN. Hunter..KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY POCKET!!
Well let's see.... there's over $2 billion in there for groups like ACORN. That would build a couple nice bridges I'd guess. Feel better now?

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PMD

Jacksonville, FL

#349 Feb 24, 2009
Not a Railroader wrote:
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Your point is excellent. I didn't want to get too technical in my post. For whatever reason the opponents of this deal seem to think that double track and/or long passing sidings will mean that the trains will block the crossings for longer time periods. From what I know the opposite is generally true.
As to the use of high speed turnouts I would be shocked if CN did not install them on all of their passing sidings, crossovers and interconnections. It would make sense because they don't want to see their trains sitting idle, the reason that they bought the EJ&E in the first place was to get their trains moving. The only place I would think they would not use high speed/powered turnouts is on industrial sidings/leads. You might enlighten me if there is a benefit to using them on those as well.
NaR and JRR got it right
Sometimes people see a side track parralel to a main line and incorrectly think it a double main line. Installing track like this does not necessarily mean more traffic; they are designed to make existing traffic more efficient. The high speed turnouts are installed on main line track, not industry sidings. The turnouts allow the road trains to get out of each others way more efficiently. Sidings parralel to single main lines allow trains to move along the single line sections in both directions, leap frog fashion. Road crossing delays are reduced because trains do not spend as much time speeding up and slowing down to change tracks, moving into and out of the side tracks.
Alt

Indianapolis, IN

#350 Feb 25, 2009
JRR wrote:
<quoted text>They're not building a new LINE, they're building a new TRACK ... on property they already own.
Sadly, you have nothing of substance to say or you wouldn't resort to accusing people of being corporate brown-nosers.
As I've said numerous times, I have no financial relationship with CN. I simply want to see an existing railroad property used to its fullest and want to see the most efficient transportation system possible. Caving in to parochial interests who loathe the idea of daring to use a railroad line to run trains is not the way to look out for the best interests of all.
You mean the best interests of CN not the best interests of all. Your disdain for opponents of the deal and obsessive support of CN suggests that you have more than a passing interest in this deal. What exactly is your interest in CN ? The explanation you gave is hogwash

“More human than human.”

Since: Jan 09

North Suburbs of Chicago

#351 Feb 25, 2009
Alt wrote:
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You mean the best interests of CN not the best interests of all. Your disdain for opponents of the deal and obsessive support of CN suggests that you have more than a passing interest in this deal. What exactly is your interest in CN ? The explanation you gave is hogwash
I would say efficient use of railroads is in the interest of just about everyone. I understand no one wants increased rail traffic near them, but it has to go somewhere.
FYI, Last time I checked I have no financial stake in CN, but many own in (CNI) in their penison plans. Also, I live about 400 yards from CN's line.

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