Commentary: Is the Alameda Rail Corridor in financial danger?

 

News article: Commentary: Is the Alameda Rail Corridor in financial danger?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Interesting report which could be relevant for Port's here.

How did freight trains access the port prior to the corridor being installed and ready for service?

There is a general drop in imports in the USA right now especially from Asia over trade wars and economic changes which could be at play here.

Commentary: Is the Alameda Rail Corridor in financial danger?

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Union Pacific and BNSF each had networks of predecessor railroad branches to reach the various LA Basin ports. The lines were low speed, indirect, mostly unsignalled and laden with level crossings. These lines were suffering from severe road and rail congestion by the time the Alameda Corridor opened.

There's a lot of issues impacting LA intermodal imports, not just the China/US trade war. The widening of the Panama Canal has allowed a lot of intermodal to move directly to Texas and the East Coast via ship instead of rail. To the north Canadian Ports with shorter shipping routes from Asia and shorter rail routes to Chicago have also seen signifcant growth in just a few years, which has impacted traditional intermodal rail routes in the United States.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for your reply @Sulla1
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Thanks for your reply @Sulla1
bevans
I remember reading in TRAINS several years ago an account of a Southern Pacific crew becoming lost in thick fog on one of the old port branches and actually having to stop because they had absolutely no idea where they were - so the former unsignalled trackage must have been quite complex and confusing in places.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Fascinating.

Are any maps available of the old paths into the ports ?

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