Mr. Shortline, every place you note CSX in your immediate post, NS could have been substituted.
Now our "Mainers" around here could stringently object with a "Mr. Norman, you're mistaken", but as I recall (yes, I've been up there), Maine is a "transportation desert" (or should I say "forest").
There are industries up there, logging, paper products, maritime shipping, all needing good railroad transportation. I've been stuck behind a "semi" up there hauling raw timber "doing about 45" and concerned that some of his "lading" could "alter the face of my buggy" (and maybe me). I remember once upon a time, I learned the Maine Turnpike was in such state of disrepair, it was in danger of being stricken from the Interstate Highway System.
I'd like to think that Chessie (since she appears to be the winner and, honest, I've have no skin in the game either way; no longer hold CSX or NSC), is prepared to give up her Fancy Feast for whatever is on the shelf at Save A Lot, and put what she must into at least an FRA Class 3 Maine Central (presume the B&A is at least that and maybe even 4 since it has passenger trains). It's disturbing to learn from this discussion that "Keag" is on FRA Class 1, and the two Irving roads to reach Saint John from "Keag" are maybe 2. If that Port wants to get in the game by offering at least one day less sailing time from Europe and maybe two compared with a Southeastern port, it would be in all parties interest to have Jawn Henry doing a little "steel driving".
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