Reading & Northern to take over industrial park trackage in Hazleton

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Reading & Northern
Robert Kaplan
HAZLETON, Pa. – Regional carrier Reading & Northern is expected to take over ownership and operations of trackage in the Humboldt Industrial Park on Jan. 1, 2016.

The 7.5 miles of trackage in the industrial park serves 15 regular shippers who moved more than 4,600 cars in 2014. Norfolk Southern currently serves the park with a daily switch crew, with traffic moving via the Lehigh Line from Allentown daily. Reading & Northern plans to take interchange traffic from NS at Reading via its route through Tamaqua to Oneida Junction, the current NS junction with the park's trackage.

The industrial park trackage is currently owned and maintained by CANDO, an industrial development agency, and Reading & Northern will take ownership of the track and maintain it.

According to local reports, the Reading & Northern was scheduled to take over operations at the end of 2016, but negotiations resulted in an earlier takeover agreement.

Railroad officials say they plan to provide daily switching, with additional switching as requested, as well as on-site car storage and personalized service. CANDO officials says the partnership should grow rail traffic and employment in the region.

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