Dakota Southern rebuilding details

Here are some details on the upcoming rebuild of the upcoming Dakota Southern Railway’s ex- Milwaukee Road line between Mitchell and Chamberlain from former DS principal Alex Huff:

Bids have been let. Rail will be a mix of #2 relay 136#, 132# and 115#. Heaviest rail will be laid west of Mitchell, stepping down to 115# into Chamberlain. Material has begun to arrive, as has track machinery for the prime contractor. Contractor was expected to begin work, putting in relay 9′ x 7″ x 9″ ties with spike holes plugged, this past week. There may have been some delay due to rain the first part of the week. To my eye, the ties appear to be changeouts where concrete ties replaced wood. Two competing elevators are proposing to build 110 car shuttle facilities at Kimball. Investment will include 8,000′ turning loops, 2.5 to 3.5 million bushel elevators, etc. at an estimated cost of $26 million each. Kimball is about 40 miles west of Mitchell. Estimated carloadings is 6,000/year. Big change from 65# rail and grass track.

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