Ohio Rail Development Commission Awards Grants to Three Railroads

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





Grants exceeding $1.65 million have been allocated by the Ohio Rail Development Commission to support infrastructure projects for three railroads: Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, East Ohio Valley Railway, and Camp Chase Railway.

These grants, which were also announced with a previously disclosed $1.23 million grant for R.J. Corman’s Western Ohio Lines, will be matched by equal funding from each railroad that receives them.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway is slated to receive $750,000 for the development of a new siding on its River Subdivision in Rayland, Ohio. This new addition will provide space for 81 cars near the CSX interchange in Benwood, W.Va. This will help meet the increasing demand for rail services in Steubenville, Ohio, by freeing up space at the Mingo Junction yard.

Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the rail commission, emphasised the significance of these investments in improving rail service and reducing logistics costs for local businesses. He was hopeful that these improvements would encourage more companies to come to the area.

The East Ohio Valley Railway has received a generous grant of $255,000 to improve and restore four private grade crossings. This railway, located near Hannibal, Ohio, is expanding its operations by leasing 18 miles of track from Norfolk Southern.

The railway serves the Hannibal Industrial Park and Long Ridge Energy Prospect, providing convenient transportation options for businesses in the area. Transtar CEO Jonathan G. Carnes expressed his appreciation for the commission’s backing in improving safety and efficiency on the railway.

Meanwhile, the Camp Chase Railway has been awarded a grant of $654,410.65 to improve its line from Galloway to Lilly Chapel and upgrade three grade crossings.

The rehabilitation project focuses on restoring the track to FRA Class 1 standards, which will enhance safety and improve the efficiency of rail operations.

Todd Marklin, Vice President of Engineering for Camp Chase’s parent company, the Pinsly Railroad Co., commended the commission’s dedication to enhancing short line railroad infrastructure in the state. He emphasised its importance in promoting economic growth and connectivity.

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