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Company drops plans to abandon rail line

In a surprising reversal, Grenada Railway, LLC says it is dropping plans to abandon 80-plus miles of rail line running from Grenada to Canton, though the company had not formally filed a dismissal request with the National Surface Transportation Board (NTSB). This was according to a Nov. 10 release from The Associated Press. That morning, Mike Tagert, Northern District Transportation ...

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Board to hold hearing on proposed railroad abandonment

WINONA — The Surface Transportation Board recently granted a request sent by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to hold a public hearing concerning the petition of abandonment exemption filed by Grenada Railway, LLC. The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed railway abandonment Nov. 16 beginning at 9 a.m.,at the Montgomery County Courthouse, 614 Summit ...

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Patriot, CF strike railcar services agreement

COLUMBUS — Patriot Rail Corp, a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company, and CF Rail Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings Inc., a transportation asset services and investments company, has entered into long-term railcar services agreements at select Patriot-owned railroads. Under the exclusive agreements, CF Rail leased the railcar and locomotive inspection and ...

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Transportation Board to hear proposal on closing rail line

GRENADA — The National Surface Transportation Board has agreed to hold a public hearing in Mississippi on a proposal to abandon 83 miles of track from Grenada to Canton. The Mississippi Transportation Commission, the Attorney General’s Office, members of the state’s congressional delegation and local officials had asked the NSTB for a public hearing. In an order dated Oct. 25, ...

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Patriot, CF sign railcar services agreements

COLUMBUS — Patriot Rail Corp, a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company, and CF Rail Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings Inc., a transportation asset services and investments company, has entered into long-term railcar services agreements at select Patriot-owned railroads. Under the exclusive agreements, CF Rail leased the railcar and locomotive inspection and ...

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Supervisors looking to form railroad authority to save line

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — DeSoto County supervisors are looking into forming a regional railway authority. The decision comes after the owners of the Grenada rail line asked for federal approval to abandon 83 miles of track from Grenada to Canton. The Commercial Appeal reports local economic development council president Jim Flanagan and County Administrator Michael Garriga will look into how to ...

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Commission wants hearing on abandonment of railroad

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Transportation Commission has applied to the United States Surface Transportation Board in Washington, D.C., for an oral hearing to be held in Mississippi on the petition for abandonment exemption filed by Grenada Railway, LLC. Grenada Railway has given notice of its intention to abandon the southern 81.3 miles of rail line running from Grenada to ...

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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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