CSX To Remove Signals from 2nd Michigan Line

Another CSX route in Michigan is slated to lose its block signals. CSX has notified the Federal Railroad Administration about its plans to deactivate the signals on its Plymouth Subdivision in central Michigan.

The 120-mile ex-Pere Marquette operates between Grand Rapids and Plymouth.

The plan has CSX removing 51 dispatcher-controlled signals and 58 automatic signals. The railroads plans to convert 11 power-operated switches to hand throw operation and to install new approach signals at MP 29.0, MP 53.8, MP 50.9, MP 86.5, MP 83.6, and MP 147.4.

Dispatchers will continue to control signals at Annpere (MP 52.87) and at Trowbridge (MP 84.9) in East Lansing. Annpere is a crossing with the Lake State Railway while Trowbridge is a crossing with Canadian National.

CSX said in its filing that the signal system “is no longer needed for present-day operations.” CSX plans to operate the route with track warrant control, which already exists over 30 miles between Lansing and Lake Odessa.

Canadian Pacific trains once traversed this route on trackage rights trains between Chicago and Detroit. Most of these CP trains now use a Norfolk Southern routing via Elkhart, Ind., and the last operated via CSX in 2010.

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