Drove by the old wheyerhauser building in closter and it appears they may have a new tenant. Saw some tractor-trailers there and one was backed into the loading dock/receiving bay. Anyhow, across the street is another story. Used to be an empty lot where the rails came off the main. Thankfully it appears all the rails are still intact!
However... half of that lot is used now by a garbage company for container and truck/trailer storage. And the other half, (closer to the rails) has some contruction going on. Looks like possibly housing of some sort?
But if the old wheyerhauser building has a tenant then maybe that would proclude the rails from ever being torn out, that being a potential future customer. (CSX should put a couple of boxcars or gondolas or flatcars there and call it car storage so that the rails are garunteed to stay. They couldn't rip up rails or else csx couldn't get the cars out) In any event though lots of work/stuff going on in that little area. In regards to that siding though, it goes (or seems to have gone at one point), alot farther than it does now. It goes to the end of the building and then there's a fence and the rails go on for a little longer. But it looks like it went alot further years ago. I've seen in the past 6-8 boxcars there when they got service, but with the old length of that siding, they could've got like 12+ cars easily. Must've been a big customer in it's heyday.
On another note, no cars currently at the "new" Dykes lumber. (formerly J.J. Demerast) So that one boxcar they had was gone, don't know if they've had any cars since then. What are the chances we might see a lumber car there? I bet the northern branch hasn't seen a lumber spine in years.