NS Boat Yard Abandonment

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NS Boat Yard Abandonment

Unread postby jimnorthwood » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:27 am

https://www.stb.gov/decisions/readingro ... /46642.pdf

It sounds like CSX will retain its rights to operate Boat Yard.
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Re: NS Boat Yard Abandonment

Unread postby blueheron13 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:28 pm

The original filing is in a 65-page PDF on this page and contains additional info and maps. One map clearly shows which tracks are under NS jurisdiction, which are under CSX jurisdiction, and which are under joint jurisdiction. There is also some historical detail that goes back to 1881.

https://www.stb.gov/Filings/all.nsf/WEBUNID/80E36681EF30E1DD8525830E0061BF4E?OpenDocument
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Re: NS Boat Yard Abandonment

Unread postby zintac » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:26 pm

Sad to see this line falling to the wayside. These tracks east of DelRay where at one time the busiest rail in Detroit. 4 main lines with the center 2 for heavy passenger service from the Wabash, Per Marquette(C&O), and the Pennsylvania railroad. The line in 1936 had well over 45+ customers with interchanges with DT&I, MCRR, and Delray connecting. I have been studying this line for years now. When i get around to building my train layout it will be based on this prototype.
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Re: NS Boat Yard Abandonment

Unread postby hoborich » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:20 pm

My grandmother lived on Hubbard near Lafayette, back in the 40s. When I stayed at my grandmothers house from time to time, she would always take me and my brother to watch trains, down at the end of West Grand Blvd and the railroad. It was indeed busy back then, and we would usually catch the Pere Marquette streamliner coming into the Fort Street Union station. I can recall the steam locomotives and the smaller SW diesel switchers going to and from the boat yard with the drags. The gates were not automatic at that crossing. There was a tower with a watchman in it that would put the gates down. I still remember laying awake at night, and hearing the steamers switch the boatyard. And both my father and grandfather worked at Timken Axle company, on Fort street at Clark, which backed up to the railroad tracks. It was wall to wall heavy industry along that stretch back in the 40s and 50s. And a little farther west was the produce terminal, which also generated a lot of business for the railroads.

For those who are interested, this is an excellent book on the area and the times. With plenty of pictures.
https://www.arizonahobbies.com/Tracksid ... p_780.html
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Re: NS Boat Yard Abandonment

Unread postby fmilhaupt » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:54 am

zintac wrote:Sad to see this line falling to the wayside. These tracks east of DelRay where at one time the busiest rail in Detroit. 4 main lines with the center 2 for heavy passenger service from the Wabash, Per Marquette(C&O), and the Pennsylvania railroad. The line in 1936 had well over 45+ customers with interchanges with DT&I, MCRR, and Delray connecting. I have been studying this line for years now. When i get around to building my train layout it will be based on this prototype.


The layout I was planning in the mid-1990s was going to be the Union Belt from FSUD to Delray. I went so far as to spend a day at the UM Maps library copying the Sanborn maps for that stretch. I probably still have them around here somewhere. They'll go to the PMHS Archives at some point.
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