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Re: (erielack) Youngstown (3)



Rick,
Although an interesting thought, it probably wouldn't have alot of practical 
value, since there is limited on-line traffic that wouldn't justify the $1.5 
million/mile cost to rebuild track... and then what do you do when you get 
to Akron?, since Akron's industrial base has evaporated similiar to that of 
Youngstown's, there isn't much to go to...

Rich Behrendt
ELHS #384

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From: <RJFlei_@_aol.com>
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Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: (erielack) Youngstown (2)


>
> In a message dated 2/23/2007 11:22:09 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> century430_@_hotmail.com writes:
>
>
> Call  me a dreamer, but I've often wondered about a partial "West End
> Revival" of  sorts. With the growth of WNYP and the fact that the 
> Meadville Line is
> now a  through route, if, and only if, WNYP were ever successful in 
> leasing the
> remainder of the MEadville Line, as I sort of recall hearing about a ways
> back, would it be that far-fetched to rebuild from Pymatuning to Latimer, 
> a
> distance of about 10 miles? My reasoning for this is, to my knowledge, the 
> EL
> is intact from Latimer all the way through to just about Akron. Would it 
> be
> possible to operate the line from Akron to Hornell as a through route? I 
> know
> portions of the old Freedom Secondary are out of service and the Akron end
> hasn't seen a train in about 20 years, but look at other revivals. CSXT 
> would
> have a second alternative to the east when the Chicago Line or River Line 
> gets
> to capacity or there is a derailment.
>
> Just thinking out loud but would  a scenario like this ever be viable?
>
>
>
> Jim,
>
> That's a neat thought, but I don't see big business (RR's) allowing such a
> thing. The last thing they want is competition. I once heard that the P&LE
> (when it was still in business) wanted to take the EL's Cleveland line. CR 
> put
> at stop to that in a hurry and tore out the line. Big business is ok with
> shortlines feeding them a little bit of traffic, but they sure don't want 
> direct
> competition. It's questionable if there would even be enough business to 
> make
> such an operation viable. Manufacturers would rather move their business 
> to
> the  cheapest labor market - say China - than to make anything here to be 
> able
> to  support such a rail business.
>
> Rick Fleischer
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