Posts Tagged ‘railway’

Investigation underway into train derailment that left one injured

LUMBERTON — A locomotive and nine cars of a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train derailed yesterday near Lumberton. The cause of the accident, which happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., is under investigation. Lamar County Emergency Director James Smith says eight of the nine cars that left the track were empty, while the other […] [...]

Port traffic increases with Genesis expansion

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy expects to be handling as many as 36,500 rail cars annually at its terminal in Natchez by the end of the year. Genesis Energy president Steve Nathanson tells The Natchez Democrat that the company has expanded its customer base at the Natchez-Adams County Port terminal since starting operations. “We began handling […] [...]

City leaders mulling plan to reduce noise at rail crossings

TUPELO — Authorities in Tupelo are looking into establishing “quiet zones” at railroad crossings. The plan would entail increasing security by installing crossing arms, and in some cases additional lights, at the crossings so engineers would not have to sound their horns as they move through the area. WTVA-TV reports the project, if approved by […] [...]

Commission, rail company disagree over bridge fees

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg Bridge Commission and the Kansas City Southern Railway have been at odds for eight years on what the railroad will pay to run trains across the Mississippi River on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge. In September 2005, the five-member commission adopted a per-car rate of $14 — more than triple […] [...]

City gets getting six-digit grants from MDOT for depot project

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez’s plans to renovate the former railroad depot downtown have picked up a little steam. Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded the city $250,000 for the depot project and will award another $250,000 in the fall and $200,000-$250,000 next spring. The city is […] [...]

Old depot to begin new life as shopping destination this week

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is trying to turn what was once a busy train depot into a shopping destination. The historic old train depot in downtown Gulfport stopped operating in the early 1950s. Since then, it has served as a temporary site for a restaurant and a museum. The city spent about half […] [...]

Aldermen award funds for renovation of railroad depot

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen has approved allocating $125,000 out of the city’s capital improvements fund to match grant funds it hopes to receive from the state to renovate the former railroad depot. The Natchez Democrat reports the vote of approval came at the request of community development director James Johnston. Johnston said […] [...]

Rail cars coming to town — on the highway

MCCOMB — Two train cars will begin a slow trek tomorrow from Hammond, La., to McComb, where they will become parts of the train display near the downtown depot. McComb Mayor Whitney Rawlings tells The Enterprise-Journal a convoy of trucks transporting the cars will leave Hammond and head slowly north on U.S. Highway 51. Plans […] [...]

Railroad outlines sustainability efforts in new report

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its fifth-annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad’s efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment. The 2012 report can be found on Norfolk Southern’s environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. It highlights advances made in the five years since the company launched a sustainability program with […] [...]

Shortline railroad celebrating 90th anniversary this year

MOSS POINT — One of Mississippi’s oldest businesses is celebrating its 90-year anniversary this year. The Mississippi Export Railroad Co., headquartered in Moss Point, was launched in 1922, when the late Gregory Luce purchased and revamped the previously failed business. The railroad dates back to 1894 when it was first built as The Moss Point […] [...]

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