From Trains News Wire:
CSX Transportation has filed with the Federal Railroad Administration to deactivate the signals on its Saginaw Subdivision in eastern Michigan. The former Pere Marquette line runs between Mount Morris, just north of Flint, and Plymouth, a distance of about 55 miles.
The railroad seeks to remove 67 dispatcher-controlled signals, 20 automatic signals. In addition, 28 power-operated track switches will be converted to hand throw operation. It will install new approach signals at MP CC-27.9, CC-32.9, CC-35.0, CC-49.1, CC-51.5, and CC-74.9.
Two locations will remain dispatcher-controlled, with signals remaining in operation. Those locations are at CP South Kearsley, MP CC-33.54, and at CP Holly, CC-50.42. Both locations are at-grade crossings with Canadian National rail lines.
In its filing, CSX states that the signal system “is no longer needed for present-day operations.” If the signal discontinuance is approved, CSX will operate the line with track warrant control.
The line once supplied CSX with lucrative automotive and chemical traffic from Flint and Midland. Now it is operated north of Mount Morris by Lake States Railway. Lake State has operated that portion since 2005.
Trains News Wire is awaiting comment from CSX.
MARP.ORG editor note: The route described here is one potential route to reestablish passenger service to the Bay City/Saginaw/Flint area and it could be costly to restore the signals necessary for passenger trains once they are deactivated or removed.