CSX Wants to Remove Signals from Michigan Line

CSX is seeking regulatory approval to remove block signals and remote control switches on 55 miles of its Saginaw Subdivision in eastern Michigan.

In a filing with the Federal Railroad Administration, CSX said it wants to remove 67 remote control block signals, 20 automatic block signals and convert 28 power operated switches to hand throw control.

The route is a former Pere Maquette line between Mount Morris (north of Flint) and Plymouth and would be operated by track warrants once the signals are deactivated.

CSX would retain two dispatcher-controlled interlocking plants at CP South Kearsley (mile post 33.54) and at CP Holly (MP 50.42), both of which are grade crossings with Canadian National tracks.

Approach signals would be installed at mileposts 27.9, 2.9, 35.0, 49.1, 51.5 and 74.9. CSX said in its petition that signals are “no longer needed for present-day operations.”

The line once saw extensive automotive and chemical traffic from Flint and Midland, but that has diminished. Lake States Railway has operated the line north of Mount Morris since 2005.

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