NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The survival of short line railroads in the state may depend on small manufacturers and Tennessee farmers, who still use the older tracks and trains to move products in and out of rural areas.
Often less than a hundred miles, short line railroads are typically locally owned and operated and trains are smaller and move slower than on larger railroads.
Ed Harlan, of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, told WPLN-FM these lines are critical to people in smaller rural counties and he's been out meeting with farmers to drum up new customers for the short lines.
Matt Prince, manager of Tennessee Southern Railroad, which runs through Pulaski, Columbia and North Alabama, said it's been a struggle to keep the short lines open.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.