Railroad Will Get Much Needed Repairs

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Berrien County, Ga. - May 08, 2012 -

A South Georgia rail road will soon be getting some much needed repairs.

The Nashville Line is a railroad running from Valdosta to Willacoochee, through Nashville, Georgia.

It's pretty well worn down from flood damage and general wear over time. But repairs will soon begin with funds earmarked by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

"Right now it is acceptable track, which means it is the bottom of the barrel. But with the money, with new plates, bars, some new rail and some kinks fixed, the rail will be upgraded," said Chris Parrott, Co-CEO of CaterParrott Railnet.

The trains on these rails deliver massive amounts of freight that's crucial to the South Georgia economy.

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  • by David Location: Thomasville on May 10, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    The 43-mile line from Valdosta to Willachoochee is leased to the railroad by GDOT. The railroad is only transportation entity that has to maintaion their own infrastucture, they also can haul a lot more frieght with fuel cost savings than trucks. I for one like it, we need to build up the rail structure in this country.
  • by Frank DiFalco Location: Jacksonville, FL on May 10, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    I am no proponent of spending public money for anything. But, when you consider how much money is spent on highways, how those highways are used daily by millions of truckers (who think they own those highways,) how those highways are destroyed by 25-ton trucks (not your two-ton automobiles,)then the miniscule amount spent on little railroads like this is less objectionable. Listen on a CB radio some time and hear what truckers think of the driving public. You'll quickly become railroad fans.
  • by Mike Location: Tally on May 9, 2012 at 09:15 AM
    Who do I contact to get fund for my car to be repaired due to general wear over time?
  • by Bubba Location: Quitman, Ga on May 9, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    Why must Georgia Taxpayers foot the bills to repair the railroads. The darn railroads don't ever give money to taxpayers to repair their homes or businesses. When they describe those funds as GDOT funds they are lying because it came from the Georgia taxpayers not from any GDOT bigshots.
  • by Reagan Republican on May 9, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    train companies are making a small fortune and taxpayers are paying for their repairs???????
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on May 9, 2012 at 02:02 AM
    If the ads I've seen about rail freight are true, that they can transport a ton of freight 500 miles on one gallon of fuel, this country needs to start requiring freight be shipped by rail instead of truck.
  • by M on May 8, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Railroad is one word. You got one and missed two.
  • by Gerry on May 8, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    another Amtrak.......
  • by Dill Location: Tallahassee on May 8, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    It is not acceptable track it is excepted track. This class of track is limited to 10 MPH and restricted amounts of haz-mat. It is the lowest class of track allowed and it excludes the owners from having to make any repairs to defects. I can't believe the track in the photo is the track in question.
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