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Company files papers to scrap 83-mile rail line

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 ...

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Officials to unveil findings of railroad study

TUPELO — The results of Tupelo’s $2.2-million railroad relocation study will be discussed Thursday at a public meeting. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the study recommends elevating the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad track above the city to alleviate mounting traffic congestion. It t provides no recommendation for raising the $400 million needed for the project. Mayor Jack Reed ...

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MSE chooses Savage to operate transload facility

HELENA — Savage Companies of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE) have entered into a preliminary agreement under which Savage will operate a multi-user transload facility owned by MSE in Helena. The new facility is located approximately 15 miles north of Pascagoula and within close proximity to four major ports, including Pascagoula, Mobile, Gulfport and New ...

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Feasibility of new railroad line under review

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has a $50,000 grant to study whether there is enough demand from the forest products industry to create a short railroad line from Waynesboro to Lucedale. Executive director Geoffrey Clark says the U.S. Commerce Department provided the money, and Waggoner Engineering will work with Mississippi State University and the University of ...

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Ground broken for new intermodal rail facility

ROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently joined state and local dignitaries and business and community leaders at the groundbreaking for the new Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, Tenn. The $105-million facility is part of the multi-state $2.5-billion Crescent Corridor initiative to establish an efficient, high-capacity intermodal freight rail route between the ...

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Railroad Authority complete as last county joins

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The last link of the Southwest Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority jumped on board with Adams and Franklin counties when the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to join the authority. The railroad authority was created earlier this year through state legislation and the Adams County Board of Supervisors’ own unanimous vote. The Franklin County Board of ...

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Another county elects to join Railroad Authority

MEADVILLE — Franklin County supervisors have voted to join the Southwest Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority, a group working to save the 66-mile railroad from Natchez to Brookhaven if it is abandoned by its owners. The Natchez Democrat reports Franklin County supervisors voted March 21 to join the group. The railroad runs through Adams, Franklin and Lincoln counties. Lincoln County has ...

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Supervisors approve creation of railroad authority

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to create and join the Southwest Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority, a group that would work to save the 66-mile railroad from Natchez to Brookhaven if it is abandoned by its owners. The Natchez Democrat reports the railroad authority is intended to include Adams, Franklin and Lincoln counties, through which the ...

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Railroad authority bill heads to Barbour's desk

ADAMS COUNTY — Mississippi lawmakers have sent to the governor a bill to allow Adams County to join in a regional railroad authority. Backers say the bill would be allow for creation for the authority if needed in the event that the 66-mile railroad from Natchez to Brookhaven is abandoned by its owners. The Natchez Democrat reports that the authority ...

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Earmark moratorium could impact railroad project

PASCAGOULA — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has $1 million in a congressional appropriation for the proposed rail link from Waynesboro to Lucedale, but there is a problem, according to the authority’s executive director. “This would be one of those nasty old ‘earmarks’ that everybody talks about that really aren’t as bad as people think they are,” said Geoffrey ...

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