Kanawha River Railroad WATCO Lsg WV line<Norfolk Southern

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Their website is here: http://www.watcocompanies.com/
A list of their holdings is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watco_Companies
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Kanawha River Railroad WATCO Lsg WV line<Norfolk Southern

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:40 pm

Cross-posting in NS, then moving to Short Lines: WV Gazette Mail
Kansas company to put trains back on Norfolk Southern lines in WV

After being mostly silent for months, the sound of steel wheels on steel rail and the wail of train horns will return to Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in the Kanawha Valley next week.

“It’s going to get noisy again around here real soon,” said Steve Wilson, a manager for the Kanawha River Railroad, a new short line railroad that will operate a route from outside of Mullens in Wyoming County, through the Kanawha Valley, and on to Columbus, Ohio.

In February, as part of system-wide cost-cutting efforts, Norfolk Southern suspended operations on most of the Ohio portion of the route. While the portion of track through West Virginia from Point Pleasant through the Kanawha Valley and on southeast, technically remained open, traffic on the line plummeted.

That’s when Pittsburg, Kansas-based Watco Companies stepped in, leasing the 309 miles of rail line and creating the Kanawha River Railroad.
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Re: Kanawha River Railroad WATCO Lsg WV line<Norfolk Souther

Post by tomdoyle409 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:51 pm

There is a detailed article on this regional in the August'18 issue of Trains. It has grown into a quite substantial operation.

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