AmtrakFan wrote:but at least CP connected to them...262 wrote:I do not think in the intrest of competion,the line should be open to a bid from Florida East Coast Industries.If a vieable short line such as Rail America is not intrested,The Miami Subdivision should be turned over to Conrail Shared Assets,and Norfolk Southern should have trackage rights from Simpson Yard to Homestead.How about CSX form a Subsitary like CP did with the St. Lawernce and Hudson in the 90's. That would be great also sell it to NS they want to get down there their was even talk abou them FEC at one time.
NS doesnt, and the FEC really doesnt either
the only place csx and FEC interchange, to my knowledge is jacksonville
no one but a shortline will bid on this, and honestly that is a stretch
no one wants a proffitless several hundred mile stretch of railroad (auburndale to west palm) which connects to a passenger cooridoor and a few local industries
as has been mentioned several times, the only steady money comes in the form of the K990 series rock trains, which all go stay in the state (Tampa, orlando and wildwood). CSX will get this interchange traffic ANYWAY, no matter what.
FEC does not want it, they already have their lines, why the hell would they want west palm - auburndale? they abandoned quite alot of mileage in this area (around the big lake) because it couldnt make any money
the only part they may be relatively interested in is south of hialeagh to homestead, but that is doubtful...
Remember the FEC abandoned their own line to homestead in the mid to late 80's...
I think the only saviour for this line is the state buying auburndale to west palm... if they do that, csx will (likely) keep south of hialeah and just deal with the crappy scheduling they get... they already have trackage rights on the state owned stretch anyway