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Old 06-07-2018, 12:30 PM   #2
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That is a prime example of a struggling prairie shortline. Their traffic over a sprawling network of branch lines serving grain elevators has dwindled over the past several years as smaller elevators are squeezed out by larger shuttle elevators located on Class 1 railroads.

The locomotives you saw in Grant operate the "Scoular Shuttle" which takes grain hoppers from smaller elevators east of Grant to the large shuttle elevator on the NKCR at Venango, NE (right at the Colorado state line).

NKCR handles unit grain trains from BNSF at Sterling, CO to Venango. These trains use BNSF power. You did good getting those old drab black ex SP units. They are former LTE leasers, and represent some of the first big power LTE leased, as they had been primarily scrapping locomotives before getting into leasing road power. They are 20-cylinder gas guzzlers, and OmniTrax will have them off the roster shortly. Other similar units were recently scrapped, and these likely will suffer a similar fate.

Thank you for the report. Not much we hear of this operation because you really do have to be off the beaten path to see it.
Mike Derrick

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