Adrian & Blissfield to lease Norfolk Southern Lansing, Mich., route

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WESTLAND, Mich. — Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road has applied for regulatory permission to lease Norfolk Southern’s 37-mile route between Jackson and Lansing, Mich. The line will be operated under the name Jackson & Lansing Railroad Co., with the initials JAIL.

Norfolk Southern had proposed to sell most of its Michigan operations, including the Lansing route, to Watco in 2007, but the Surface Transportation Board denied the deal. NS has now begun a more incremental approach, selling the Grand Rapids, Mich., to Elkhart, Ind., to Watco’s Grand Elk Railroad last year. Declining domestic auto production has driven traffic levels down over the lines.

In addition to the Jackson-Lansing route, A&B proposes to lease the Lansing Manufacturers Railroad and the Lansing industrial track; in all, the leases will total 44.5 miles. It’ll interchange with NS at Jackson via trackage rights.

All lines to be leased are ex-Michigan Central, a New York Central predecessor. NS acquired them in the 1999 Conrail split.

A&B currently operates several non-contiguous rail lines in Michigan.
WESTLAND, Mich. — Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road has applied for regulatory permission to lease Norfolk Southern’s 37-mile route between Jackson and Lansing, Mich. The line will be operated under the name Jackson & Lansing Railroad Co., with the initials JAIL.

Norfolk Southern had proposed to sell most of its Michigan operations, including the Lansing route, to Watco in 2007, but the Surface Transportation Board denied the deal. NS has now begun a more incremental approach, selling the Grand Rapids, Mich., to Elkhart, Ind., to Watco’s Grand Elk Railroad last year. Declining domestic auto production has driven traffic levels down over the lines.

In addition to the Jackson-Lansing route, A&B proposes to lease the Lansing Manufacturers Railroad and the Lansing industrial track; in all, the leases will total 44.5 miles. It’ll interchange with NS at Jackson via trackage rights.

All lines to be leased are ex-Michigan Central, a New York Central predecessor. NS acquired them in the 1999 Conrail split.

A&B currently operates several non-contiguous rail lines in Michigan.
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