Jan 4, 2021
Yet more to consider. I wonder how many years will pass while this game plays out? To what end...?
Surf board turned them down.
Well, not quite what some people are "reading" into it. This was just a request to "fast track" the process. Their headline is very misleading. But that is today's lousy media at work.
Even so, almost everyone seems to forget this line is NOT abandoned. Abandoned may be the most mis-used word in railfanning! Just because no trains are operating, means NOTHING. (Except to vandals, thieves and trespassers.) It has never been abandoned, no such proceedings ever were filed. UP still owns it ALL, every rail, tie, signal, structure, etc, etc, except that portion on the south end. The rest is classified as "out of service". Which means UP can put it back into use, should they so desire. I would not be at all surprised if such a thing happened, quietly funded by the proposed buyer, just to make the whole process happen.
A well written post Boxcab. Although NS's storied Saluda Grade hasn't seen a train in nearly 20 years, it is not abandoned.
Very true. Yet you can find all kinds of videos on YouTube, about Saluda and more, using the word "abandoned freely. The people who willingly believe it are nothing better than ignorant.