Santa Fe did show interest in buying all of Conrail (a move which would probably not have been approved by Federal regulators)but I don't understand why they would have wanted that single route. Did any part of the Panhandle line connect with the Toledo, Peoria & Western?
Bear with me on this,
I think I can lay it out a possible scenario:
Not sure what the Panhandle line was unless it was the former PRR line between Columbus and Chicago(?)
Not really sure in the lists I found of PRR divisions and branches, no reference to a Panhandle Line.
Was it part of the former B&ORR (?) not sure about that either. (linked below B&O Route map) :
Rail America route map of TP&Wrwy (linked below):
In 1983 ATSF RR bought the TP&WRwy [of this purchase part ownership was also the PRR, which would utilize the TP&W Rwy as a by-pass for the congestion of Chicago]
In the late 1970's and early 80;s ATSF constructed close to Remington, In the 'Hoosier Lift' to try and capture some TOFC business from the Chicago,Il./Gary,In. areas]
TP&W Rwy was later sold to a private company which sold it to RailAmerica (date?) Which still operates theTP&WRwt as a bridge line between the Peoria,Il. area and Logansport,In. areas
Near as I can figure it; B&O RR had a line that stubbed at Union City,In and went to Columbus,Oh. the distance was about 21 miles between these two points. THAT might have been one place for ATSF to get to Columbus, Oh. or possibly from Logansport, In on former PRR via Muncie, In. and in to Columbus,Oh.
The last is pure speculation on my part,
but possibly Modelcar(Quentin) might be able to add something to that?
EDIT NOTE: While looking about I found some information from a Forum Thread, referencing the "Hoosier Lift"
|QUOTE: Originally posted by rrnut282
There was a "Hoosier Lift" in Reynolds, IN on the Toledo, Peoria, & Western track just east of I-65. TP&W ran them west to BN allowing trucks to avoid Chicago. I drove by last October and it was VERY QUIET for an intermodal facility. I don't know if BN lost interest after merging with ATSF (which at one time owned the TP&W), or what happened. So if a short line wants to succeed, it needs a lot of truck traffic with a good connection and routings to various destinations.
The Hoosierlift is actually a bit further west, located between Remington and Wolcott.
BNSF and TP&W ended their joint intermodal service to the Hoosierlift in October 2003 and then discontinued their East Peoria operation in late January 2004. Canadian National, however, continues to make use of TP&W's East Peoria facility for mostly Caterpillar business moving through the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some business moves through Vancouver, BC.
Since November, the Hoosierlift has been mostly used to load autoracks for GM with most destined for California.