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Ohi-Rail to lease Wheeling & Lake Erie lines in Ohio


Ohi-Rail Corp. recently filed an exemption notice with the Surface Transportation Board to lease 30.7 track miles from Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co (W&LE).

Ohi-Rail plans to operate W&LE’s Carrollton and Minerva branches between Canton, Carrollton and Minerva, Ohio. The short line also would obtain overhead interchange rights from W&LE for a line between Canton Yard and Furnace Junction.

Formed in 1982, Ohi-Rail interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway in Bayard, Ohio, and W&LE in Minerva. W&LE — which interchanges with 13 other short lines and three Class Is — operates 840 track miles in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.

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