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CML Railroad (CMLR) is a railroad operating over the Comstock Subdivision of Union Pacific's Cedar City Branch, between the re-opened iron mines at Iron Mountain, and UP's Cedar City Branch at Iron Springs, Utah. Rail access to the nation's railroad network is provided via UP's Cedar City Branch between Cedar City and the Salt Lake City-to-Los Angeles mainline at Lund, Utah.
The CML derives its name from the major iron ore deposit in the Iron Mountain region, known as Comstock Mountain Lion.
(Read more about Utah Southern Railroad, which operated UP's Comstock Subdivision from 2006 to late 2011)
On January 11, 2012, CML Railroad (CMLR) officially took over the operation of the lease of UP's Comstock Subdivision, for the purposes of moving unit trains of iron ore from the Comstock Mountain Lion mine, to the interchange and connection with Union Pacific at Iron Springs, Utah.
In September 2012, the change of operators was covered in the public record, in STB Docket FD 35558, approved September 2012. The document summarizes the two operating agreements (2008 and 2011), the variations in company names, and the federal suit that was filed in December 2011, and set aside in June 2012.
As of August 2013, CML Metals operated three 92-car trains every week, from Iron Springs to the Port of Long Beach, California. All trains, loaded and empty travel directly between Iron Springs and Long Beach, by way of UP's former LA&SL route. The iron ore is no longer shipped from either Stockton or Richmond.
October 18, 2014
Due to falling prices of iron ore on the world market, the Iron Mountain Project was shut down for an indefinite period.
|HLCX 6060||SD40-3||MPI 9022||32411||7932-12||Oct 1966||1|
|HLCX 6064||SD40-3||CR 6340||31332||7862-48||Mar 1966||2|
|HLCX 6079||SD40-3||UP 4062||35733||7214-09||Jan 1970||3|
|HLCX 6090||SD40-3||CN 5174||A2433||C333||Apr 1971||4|
HLCX 6060 was built as UP 3059, retired by UP and sold to Morrison Knudsen (MKCX) 8304, 23 August 1989; rebuilt to SD40M-2 by Morrison Knudsen, Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, completed as Motive Power International (MPI) 9022 on 12 September 1990; sold to Helm Financial in February 1996; rebuilt to SD40M-3 by Boise Locomotive Co., Boise, Idaho, completed as Helm Leasing (HLCX) 6060 on 15 April 1996.
|2.||HLCX 6064 was built as Pennsylvania 6087; renumbered to Penn Central 6087; renumbered to Conrail 6340; sold to Helm 6064.|
HLCX 6079 was built as MP 762, renumbered to MP 3062, renumbered to UP 4062; retired by UP and leased to NdeM in November 1989 to February 1991; stored unserviceable at Fort Worth, Texas; sold to Helm Financial on 26 May 1993; reconditioned by AMF, Montreal, Quebec, completed as Helm Leasing (HLCX) 4062 on 7 October 1993; renumbered to Helm Leasing (HLCX) 6079; rebuilt to SD40M-3
|4.||HLCX 6090 was built as Canadian National 5174; sold to Helm 6090|
Information provided by Robert Lehmuth, and various emails posted to the LocoNotes and RR Rosters email discussion groups.