scotty wrote:they also own a plant in Dresdon outside of Penn Yan they they closed last year, I heard the railroad comp. was charging the lansing plant mega $$$$$$ to haul coal because its the only thing the tracks are used for ????????????????
While I don't know how much NS railroad charges AES Cayuga, they also service the Cargill plant in Lansing. My guess would be that Cargill would be the loser if the AES plant shuts down do to the high cost of running the train to one plant, I could be wrong as it is not the same train or crews that service both plants. Coal trains were always called from the "extra" list of workers as they were not a reg.train, Demand for coal dictates how many trains run up there. Salt train was a daily train with the same crew for the most part.
As a side note, NS has spent millions of dollars in the last few years replacing bridges and upgrading the Ithaca secondary track. I don't think it is the railroad running the power plants out of business, I would look more at government regs. and plant (owner) managment.