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Dismantling of shortline overlooked by STB; shippers pressing for restoration of service
After discovering that the owner of a shortline had sold the track to scrap dealers in violation of a legal obligation to provide rail service, an attorney for 11 Ohio shippers said the Surface Transportation Board may be stretched too thin to do its job.
Transportation attorney Keith O'Brien is seeking STB assistance in restoring rail service over a 36-mile line linking Youngstown, Ohio, with Darlington, Pa. The shortline connects with CSX and Norfolk Southern and shippers signed verified statements that in excess of 1,000 carloads of freight would move over the line annually. The National Transportation …