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6/12/2003



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Closer in proximity: California short lines plan merger


Sierra Railroad Co. and Yolo Shortline Railroad Co. recently filed a joint exemption notice with Surface Transportation Board seeking to merge.


Under an agreement, 49-mile Sierra Railroad would acquire control of 27-mile Yolo Shortline Railroad by purchasing the stock of Yolo parent Midland Railroad Enterprises Corp.


The two short lines — located about 100 miles apart — hope to complete the transaction June 30.


Based in Oakdale, Calif., Sierra Railroad provides freight- and dinner-train services; based in Woodland, Calif., Yolo Shortline Railroad operates freight and excursion trains, and provides railroad design and maintenance services.


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