Norfolk Southern: Restoring service in the loops will take until early July

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An eastbound Norfolk Southern train descends the loops in 2007.
Jim Wrinn
OLD FORT, N.C. — One of the most challenging and at the same time beautiful mountain grades in the southeast, the Loops near Old Fort, N.C., will remain without Norfolk Southern trains until at least early July, according to an NS service advisory.

Repairs to washouts that took place in late May will require extensive efforts to make them permanent. One major washout near the top of the grade at Ridgecrest is especially deep and wide, and other washouts nearby need shoring up, sources tell Trains Newswire. Earlier advisories to customers had placed the time the line would be closed at two weeks.

The loops are on the west end of the 141-mile long S-Line from Salisbury to Asheville, N.C. They encompass 13 twisting miles of track in the air space of 3 miles and feature tunnels, bridges, cuts, and high fills. They are an enthusiast's dream, and a civil engineer's nightmare.

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