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Shapira starts up Pennsylvania short line, raising small-road roster to three

Short-line entrepreneur Eyal Shapira now controls three small roads. On Feb. 1, the 25-mile Pennsylvania & Southern Railway L.L.C. (PSCC) began operating over lines formerly controlled by Beth Intermodal that interchange with CSX Transportation in Chambersburg, Pa.

PSCC serves the 1,200-acre Cumberland Valley Business Park and 16,000-acre Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

The park contains more than 1 million square feet of rail-served warehousing and manufacturing space, more than 500 rail-car spots, and several rail ramps designed to load and unload heavy equipment and automobiles, said Shapira, PSCC president, in a prepared statement.

Shapira also owns the 16-mile Raritan Central Railway L.L.C., and five-mile New Jersey & Northern Railway L.L.C., which operate in New Jersey.

For more insight into Shapira's short-line business strategy, see page 52 of Progressive Railroading's November 2003 issue.

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