johnpbarlow wrote: ↑Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:47 am Finally the moment we've all been waiting for - G&U files with the STB to acquire operating rights via a 10 year lease of the CSX Milford Secondary 8.4 miles from Milford to Franklin. Mileage includes a couple of miles used by MBTA trains between Forge Park and the junction with the Franklin line (?) at Union St. The little twig to the left south of QVG 8 is the newly constructed G&U connection at S Cedar St in Milford. This provision in the filing is provocative:A couple of notes -G&U certifies that the proposed acquisition of the Line does not involve a provision orI wonder if this somehow involves linking up to Mass Coastal RR or whatever RR entity might in the future operate freight service to SE Massachusetts and the Cape assuming CSX seeks to reduce its operating footprint in Massachusetts?
agreement that may limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier.
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 301126.pdf
1) The "twig" you mention isn't the G&U connection - it's the lead and siding for the former Foster Forbes/St Gobain glass plant. The G&U connection is about a 1/2 mile closer to the end of the line in Milford.
2) The clause you highlight ("G&U certifies that the proposed acquisition of the Line does not involve a provision or agreement that may limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. ") has nothing to do with any potential linking to someone else - it's simply a statement that CSX hasn't insisted on any paper barriers to interchange with other railroads as part of the deal (unlike what they tried to do with the sale of the Massena line to CP).
Also, to answer the question raised by mrj1981, CSX assigns a line code to every route they operate over. That code is used as a prefix to mileposts when issuing track warrants and other documents, and used to identify the route in the railroad's files. "QVG" is the code assigned to the Milford line. All of the ex-Conrail lines operated by CSX have a code that starts with Q. The second letter (V) seems to be used on lines originally owned by the New Haven Railroad. I suspect that the "G" comes from the fact that the Milford line is an extension of the Franklin Branch, which has a code of "QVF" (although I could be wrong).