From Trains Magazine:
In a filing with the Federal Surface Transportation Board, short line Mineral Range, Inc., has proposed purchasing 12 miles of Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad trackage in Upper Michigan and rebuilding track on another 1.9 miles of abandoned right of way that is now a trail. Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. is opening a copper and nickel mine at Humboldt, Mich., that would be served by the reopened track.
The 12 miles of LS&I track extends from Landing Junction in Ishpeming to Humboldt Junction, Mich., and is used solely by Canadian National trains via trackage rights. CN uses the line to reach its ex-Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Branch to L’Anse, Mich. Mineral Range would purchase the line from LS&I, with CN retaining operating rights.
To reach the Kennecott facility, Mineral Range would rebuild 1.9 miles of abandoned track from Humboldt Junction to Humboldt. This right-of-way has been rail banked and is currently an unimproved trail. Kennecott would rebuild another 0.75 miles of track into the mill area.
Mineral Range would move traffic from Humboldt to the yard at Ishpeming, Mich., where it would be interchanged to CN. LS&I has agreed to sell two yard tracks at Ishpeming to Mineral Range for this purpose.
Kennecott Eagle Minerals has roughly 200 contractors working at the mine and mill. Production is slated to begin in 2013. The mine is expected to produce 300 million pounds of nickel and 250 million pounds of copper.