Old 03-27-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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The Manufacturers Railway in St. Louis, MO, wholly owned by Anheuser-Busch, has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to cease operations. Link to the filing:

http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...3FOpenDocument

The railroad dates back to 1887. One of the first things I wondered after Belgian brewing giant InBev bought A-B was how long the MRS would last. I guess now we know...

I had a great visit there about 5 years ago. They were very friendly in allowing photography of the operation. One of the women in the office even went so far as to chase me down when I was heading out to give me a copy of a book highlighting 100 years of operation of the railroad, which was produced in 1987. It was in remarkable shape, like it had never been touched.

Though it has not yet been announced who, a contract switching operator will serve the plant, so at least rail service will continue.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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People think of the familiar MRS boxcar shipments but there is also a lot of inbound shipments of malt, barley, etc.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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Though it has not yet been announced who, a contract switching operator will serve the plant, so at least rail service will continue.
Last I heard this will just be inbound traffic. They are currently not shipping any beer outbound.

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Old 03-30-2011, 03:45 AM   #4
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This sucks. Another missed opportunity for me. Of course, just like with the Terminal's SW1500s, I didn't shoot the railroad enough, and now it is too late. I was bummed when the street running ceased, but this is on a whole new level. Unfortunately, this wasn't too much of a surprise.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:08 AM   #5
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The winner of the contract for switching the In-Bev Saint Louis plant is Foster Townsend Rail Logistics, Inc. The article about it is on the right side of the home page.
http://www.ftrail.com/
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