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Old 02-03-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default NS "Extension cord" line in SC to be shortlined

NS recently suspended service on the "extension cord" line out of Blacksburg, SC. In a recent STB filing, the Carolina Coastal Railway has provided notification of a lease agreement with the NS for the southern portion of the line from Blacksburg, SC to Kings Creek, SC to serve the Industrial Minerals plant.

Service should be begin the third week of February. This does not include the northern portion of the line from Blacksburg to Shelby, NC. The line was known as the "extension cord" line due to the pratice of placing an MU capable box car, or "extension cord" between the two locomotives used because weight limited bridges on the line could not handle the weight of two consecutive locomotives.

CLNA will likely only be using a single locomotive. I'm not even certain if the spacer car was used south of Blacksburg. Joe may know that info.
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