Chicago Belt Lines..Do they operate on both there own tracks and can also switch anywhere in the Chi. district on anyline?

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Chicago Belt Lines..Do they operate on both there own tracks and can also switch anywhere in the Chi. district on anyline?
Posted by divebardave on Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:33 PM

I see Indiana Harbor Belt trains everywhere...so can they go anywere to do work? Are Chicago belt railroads the local railroad switching freight taxicab for the region?

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Posted by beaulieu on Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:04 PM

No, they can only provide switching service on their own lines or on ondustry owned tracks that branch off of their tracks. IHB, B&OCT, BRC, and formerly the EJ&E had tracks that penetrated into the inner areas of the city. Sometimes this was to reach the major passenger terminals and other times to connect to the trackage of their owning railroads or connecting Class I railroads. 

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Posted by divebardave on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:29 AM

I think the term is "reciprocal switching" which would take a whole team of railroad lawyers to explain but in short is-Definition of reciprocal switching. : an interchange of inbound and outbound carload freight among railroads in which the cars are switched by one railroad to or from the siding of another under a regular switching charge that is usually absorbed by the carrier receiving the line-haul.

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Posted by divebardave on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:30 AM

So in short IHB is owned in part by NS(New York Central had shares before that) and some of the local work is contracted out to them more or less.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:05 AM

divebardave

So in short IHB is owned in part by NS(New York Central had shares before that) and some of the local work is contracted out to them more or less.

 
IHB ownership prior to the Conrail split was divided between Conrail and Canadian Pacific (through purchase of MILW).  I don't know how the Conrail share was split.
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Posted by divebardave on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 4:56 PM
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Posted by beaulieu on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:47 PM

divebardave

So in short IHB is owned in part by NS(New York Central had shares before that) and some of the local work is contracted out to them more or less.

 
IHB is owned 49% by CP, 25.5% by CSX, and 25.5% by NS. Agreement states that any sale of an ownership stake must be approved by all three. CP's share was acquired with the Milwaukee Road. The New York Central's 51% share was divided between CSX and NS.

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