Trainz Today: Traffic over Iron Mountain Joint Line Holds Steady, Increases in Q2 2018

A trio of SD45s muscle Pacific Southwestern hotshot M-214, headed to Aurora from the coast, past Santiago Union Terminal.

Traffic rose slightly in Q2 2018 over the joint line across Iron Mountain Pass between Santiago and Springfield, reported Great Northern Railway yesterday.

GN, which originally built the joint line and now owns a majority share, said that recent capacity improvements along the line’s length have been instrumental in expediting longer and more frequent freight movements. The Great Northern report also suggested that the new inland port in Aurora had been the primary driving factor in adding 5 intermodal trains per day to the GN schedule. Great Northern sends approximately 65 trains over the line every day, while minority co-owners Pacific Southwestern and the Yawassic Road average 15-20 each per day.

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