Re: Another Rail Served Industrial Complex In Buckeye
Date: November 17, 2012 02:54PM
The impetus to embargo the line was when ATK rerouted the Sunset Ltd to the TUC-YMA segment for (as I recall) cost savings. The derailment might have played a part, but it was relatively insignificant. That occurred in 10/95, and the line was closed around 6/96. However, as Railroadfan has noted, there are small but encouraging signs, re: a partial re-signalling, bridge work, etc., along with the strategic importance of such a direct line to PHX.
Another factor is using this property for a high-speed line between the LA Basin and PHX. This might be part of UP's strategy, i.e., to hold the line hostage and enhance its value in the eyes of the state/feds.