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I thought the NLA had plans to run past lake Providence to the port and new chemical plant there. This development is going to throw a wrench into those plans. The port and the new plant WOULD have been a major source of business.
The NLA and DSRR will interchange traffic in Lake Providence. The latest word is Feb. before thru service will be offered. NLA leases the tracks in the port of Lake Providence and DSRR has limited access. The new grain elevator and chemical plant are closed industry's on the NLA. The new DSRR guys are competent operators and we expect to do a good business with them. They are 'our' KCS outlet and 'we' are their UP outlet, plus we think we will have decent amount of online business.
DSRR is in the process of making a significant investment in their track and although this is taking longer than I hoped - I expect daily train operations will be seen in 2016.
I will abbreviate a long story about where paint scheme came from. When the D&R bought Locomotive #12 new from GE, they wanted to know the DR's paint scheme. The DR didn't have one, so the #12 was painted Safety Yellow and Safety Orange by GE's paint shop. We changed it a little by adding the black strip and the name spelled out on the long hood, so they would photograph better. So, the D&R, CSR, and NLA paint scheme was picked by GE.
If anyone is out and about on Saturday, the NLA 21 should be as far south as LA 2 just north of Lake Providence dumping rock. For the next 3 weeks, NLA will be dumping rock Sat-Thur with a McGehee turn on Friday. The railroad is really shaping up and through service with DSRR is set to be offered on May 1st.
I have spent so much time in Little Rock and Pine Bluff stamping out brush fires that I haven't been down in few weeks to check on things. I don't know when the first train will be but the line is going to be declared 'open' on June 1st. I expect as needed service mainly for complex chemical traffic with some occasional cotton seed until Myriant chemical's tracks are ready. The estimate on that is Aug-Sept. We have everything ready on the end that I control - ISS, junction code, station codes, etc. I will of course post, if I know a head of time before the first revenue trip. I don't have any with me but from the pictures I've seen, the railroad looks amazing from Lake Village to Lake Providence considering what we started with.
Looks like you guys have been busy. Hopefully we can create more room in the yard when you guys start those operations. What will the Myriant traffic consist of? There's going to be a lot of Interchanging going on in McGehee with our Clearwater Interchange and your new customers.
I expect Myriant traffic to start in couple of months but Complex Chemical traffic should start soon. I think we're going to start with bi weekly service until Myriant starts but we should be interchanging somewhere around 200+ cars a month once Myriant starts. A lot depends on rates because our KCS and BNSF traffic will go south.
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