GRENADA — The new owners of the Grenada rail line have filed papers with the federal government to abandon the track and sell it for scrap.
The line abandonment would permanently stall plans to reopen a local rail line.
Local officials want the line kept open as a possible boost for the economy.
Grenada Railway, LLC, filed with the National Surface Transportation Board Sept. 20 a notice to abandon that 83-mile stretch of track.
Grenada Railway officials say the line lost $100,000 last year and has already lost $100,000 this year.
The entire Grenada Line runs 175 miles from the Tennessee border into Mississippi to Canton. Grenada Railway, according to NSTC documents, will retain the track north of Grenada.