From Progressive Railroading:
CSX Transportation has filed with the Federal Railroad Administration to deactivate the signals on its Plymouth Subdivision in central Michigan, its second such recent filing in the state. The former Pere Marquette line runs between Grand Rapids and Plymouth, a distance of about 120 miles.
The railroad seeks to remove 51 dispatcher-controlled signals and 58 automatic signals. In addition, 11 power-operated track switches will be converted to hand throw operation. It will install new approach signals at MP 29.0, MP 53.8, MP 50.9, MP 86.5, MP 83.6, and MP 147.4.
Two locations will remain dispatcher-controlled, with signals remaining in operation. Those locations are at Ann Pere, MP 52.87, and at Trowbridge, MP 84.9, near Lansing. Both locations are at-grade crossings with foreign 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 already has a 30-mile stretch of track warrant control between Lansing and Lake Odessa.
The line once hosted Canadian Pacific trackage rights trains between Chicago and Detroit, in addition to CSX’s own traffic. Most CP trackage rights trains shifted to a new Norfolk Southern routing via Elkhart, Ind., in 2005 and the last operated via CSX in 2010.