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State owned track

This 27 mile stretch of rail is owned by the state.The most cost prohibitive aspect of the project would be reconstructing the trestle at Castle Hayne.The state would unfortunately call the shots in how this project would come to fruition.The taxpayer would have to see a real value in the reinstatement of this line.CSX would not foot the bill at 100%. There would have to be something in it for them (profit).Norfolk Southern could also bid on possibly running trains to and from Morehead City and points elsewhere.Major Class I railroads interest lie in running unit trains (coal and grain)and intermodal traffic because of their profitability.When this segment of track was in place there were mom and pop customers who required rail service but were not very profitable.It is very realistic to see additional grain facilities set up shop along this 27 mile stretch due to the large agricultural makeup of these communities that require vast amounts of feed to support turkey and hog farms.This pursuit is a good way to add diversity to an econmomy, other than being recognized as a retail hub.Even though the Atlantic Coast Railroad left in the early sixties, there has always been a considerable railroad presence within a hundred miles of Wilmington that delivers goods that are not practical for the trucking industry

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