This isn't so much an operations question as it is a business question. If this is the wrong forum for this, please direct a moderator to move it to the right location... I'm trying to redo my freelanced road's history and operating agenda, to make it more believable. It's located in the heart of Ohio's Nickel Plate Road territory, and has interchanges with several others in the 1950's. You can view my system map here. By the 1950's, the NKP had acquired the W&LE, which had major lines running through Ohio's coal region in the SE part of the state. I want my railroad to have access to the coal industry and these rails, but my 110 miles of track are located in the NW part of the state. My question is...would it have been more realistic for the NKP to lease my short line, therefore I could travel all of NKP's trackage in Ohio or to have a trackage agreement with the NKP allowing my company to use the lines running through the coal region?