Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby Doktor No » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:44 pm

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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:01 pm

Time to jump start the rumor mill:

Just before Memorial Day, the Old Town spur was clear cut from the csx south to at least below the North St crossing. All those saplings and the tall grass are gone. Also, as part of a potential expansion of the North Lansing historic district, the LS&MS Land Line marker at Grand River/Cesar Chavez is being included as a historic object of significance.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby NS3322 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:26 pm

GP30M4216 wrote:Time to jump start the rumor mill:

Just before Memorial Day, the Old Town spur was clear cut from the csx south to at least below the North St crossing. All those saplings and the tall grass are gone. Also, as part of a potential expansion of the North Lansing historic district, the LS&MS Land Line marker at Grand River/Cesar Chavez is being included as a historic object of significance.



Did someone ever figure out who bought the Petoskey Trolley? :D Jk

Kidding aside, this is very interesting information. Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby DaveO » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:42 pm

Having trees growing through your track would lend great weight to an adverse abandonment petition being granted.
That is of course should someone decide to file one with the Surface Transportation Board.
When I look at where the line runs, I can imagine that somebody probably dreams of being able to use the railroad land as their own.
But it's probably JAIL doing more or less routine maintenance.
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Re: Lansing's Old Town railroad spur to be reactivated

Unread postby MiddleMI » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:28 am

GP30M4216 wrote:Time to jump start the rumor mill:

Just before Memorial Day, the Old Town spur was clear cut from the csx south to at least below the North St crossing.


I can't really think this means anything until you see more work on the southern end of the spur, which is the most interesting part. This part you're talking about cuts through two large industrial parcels. I'll start getting more interested if I see them doing anything where the actual customer on this line will be. As far as I can tell from recent aerials, the part between Ensel and North Street only had 2 trees on the tracks. South of North to Beaver is maybe 4 trees. It's the part between Beaver and Clinton as you get deeper into Old Town that is really forested.
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