Anheuser-Busch route to survive under new operator

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ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch will continue to receive rail service after its rail subsidiary, the Manufacturers Railway, shuts down. FTRL Railway has won the contract to provide local operation to the brewery.

Anheuser-Busch ceased shipping beer by rail last month, leaving Manufacturers only six to seven daily inbound carloads. That wasn’t enough for it to keep the railroad in operation, and it applied last month for federal permission to shut down. Instead, it’s apparently reached an agreement with FTRL, also known as Foster Townsend Rail Logstics, to operate the line.

FTRL is a contract switching service with operations in the St. Louis area. TRAINS was not immediately able to reach an FTRL official for details of the transaction.
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