Carolina Southern Railroad could be sold by September

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CONWAY, S.C. – The owner of the Carolina Southern Railroad says he is in the process of selling the short line and that a deal could be in place next month. The news came as county officials in both South Carolina and North Carolina decided to hire lawyers in hopes of forcing the railroad to start operating again, The Horry Independent reports.

The short line began operations in 1995 on two former CSX branch lines, but stopped operating in 2012 because of deteriorating bridges that will cost $2 million to repair, money owner Ken Pippin says the company does not have.

On Tuesday, Horry County, S.C., officials voted to spend up to $3,500 to pay a Chicago-based attorney to file a complaint with the Surface Transportation Board. Marion County and Columbus County, N.C., have made similar votes in recent weeks. Local government officials hope the STB can force the railroad to run again. Last month, the county said the railroad has defaulted on payments for the lease of 14 miles of track between Conway and Myrtle Beach. The short line also has debts to Norfolk Southern, which sued the short line for $179,924.51 for 30 freight cars stuck on the short line's out-of-service line.
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