Norfolk Southern was a merger in 1982 of Norfolk and Western
(inc. Wabash) and Southern.
Norfolk and Western had acquired the Wabash
in a 1964 merger and it inheritated their
perpetual running rights over CN between Windsor and Fort Erie.
In 2011 NS ended the old Wabash perpetual running rights
due in a large part to a loss of local traffic
including Ford automobiles from their Talbotville 2.6 M sq.ft. plant with
only 1,200 workers out of
2,700 that once worked at the 44 year old assembly plant prior to the
Another factor was CN's downgrading of track due to CN traffic loss resulting
in much longer running times.
An interim solution by CN was to reroute NS trains via Hamilton a much
CN insisted NS continue to operate across the border at Fort Erie to perform
NS 4615_4618 pair of nearly-new GP59's laying over for
their train. EMD 887007-7 11/1989