Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CN is closing Escanaba's Ore Dock and C&NW Bridge

(Satellite, Street View)
I've seen pictures of derelict ore docks before. We are going to loose another ore dock. Looking at the satellite image, it looks like they have already torn down some docks. They are closing the last dock that was in the town.

Shipments have been low since Empire Mine closed last year. I wonder if it closed because it ran out of ore or because China has been dumping steel or both. 12 union employees are affected by the closure. CN plans to work on a redevelopment or reuse within the company for the property. The reuse plan could include other materials.

The Escanaba port allowed ore to be shipped earlier and later in the shipping seasons when the Soo Locks remained closed. It is also a vital alternative for ore shipments on the Great Lakes if the locks at Sault Ste. Marie were damaged or shutdown. [UpperPeninsula]

Update: Mark Hinsdale posted four photos with the comment:
Ore No More...With the sad announcement by Canadian National that they will close the former Chicago & North Western Ore Dock in Escanaba MI by the end of next month, I thought I post a couple of reminders of a happier time, when many of us flocked to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to watch C&NW's last FM's in the 70's, and then their big Alcos in the 80's, wheel the ore trains from Negaunee to Escanaba. It was always an intriguing operation to visit. Now, just another spike through the heart of the U.P. April, 1975 & June, 1985 photos by Mark Hinsdale




[This photo has been moved to some notes about the C&NW Bridge in Escanaba.]

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