Grenada Railway withdraws abandonment request

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GRENADA, Miss. — Grenada Railway has withdrawn a controversial abandonment application before the Surface Transportation Board, the Natchez Democrat has reported. The planned 81.3-mile abandonment raised objections from local communities, businesses, and a connecting railroad.

Michael Van Wagenen, the railroad’s vice president, said in a press release he hopes those who’ve lined up in opposition to the abandonment will now help secure funds to upgrade the line. The railroad maintains the Grenada-Canton, Miss., line’s condition, combined with a lack of traffic, make profitable operations difficult. Those opposing the abandonment said Grenada priced the line out of business.

In the release, Van Wagenen said the line will continue to create a significant loss of money for Grenada. However, he said it’s in the interests of both the railroad and its opponents to resolve the issue outside the STB and courts.

Grenada Railway is part of the V&S Railroad family, a group of railroads owned by investors Kern Schumacher and Rhonda Nicoloff. The two also own A&K Railroad Materials which, among other businesses, salvages abandoned rail lines. V&S has abandoned several of the railroads it’s acquired.
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