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  •  LOL I've only waited forty years for such a route (2+ / 0-)
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    and have never understood why it never went through Des Moines yet through Clinton IA

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    by annieli on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 11:56:30 AM PDT

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    •  Because the line through Des Moines is ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... a single track branch line mostly owned by Iowa Interstate Railways, and the line through Clinton is the double track freight mainline owned by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, one of the four big Class I railways. Almost all western routes run on either BNSF or Union Pacific track, or a combination of both.

      That is also, as my diary (see below) described, one of the reasons why the old Rock Island Line is cheaper to build than any of the others ... as a single track freight line, the freight railway that owns the corridor does not need an access lane on both sides of the tracks for Maintenance of Way work, so the work for the Iowa Connections passenger train would be mostly inside the existing rail right of way.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 02:32:18 PM PDT

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