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R. J. Corman leases Memphis-area line from BNSF


On Sunday, R. J. Corman Railroad Co. began moving trains over more trackage in the Memphis, Tenn., area. The company’s Tennessee Terminal short line recently leased 36.6 miles of industrial track from BNSF Railway Co. — R. J. Corman’s first trackage deal with the Class I — to serve more shippers in and around the city as well as attract new customers in nearby Olive Branch, Miss.

Now, the short line will interchange with CSX Transportation and BNSF along its Memphis line. The railroad’s marketing officials are meeting with shippers to promote the short line’s transportation and industrial switching services.

“Our goal is to provide quality transportation solutions to customers in the Memphis area,” said railroad company President Pete Petree in a prepared statement. “The only way to do that is to meet with the customers and define what ‘quality service’ means to them.”

An R. J. Corman Railroad Group L.L.C. subsidiary, R, J. Corman Railroad Co. owns and operates 11 other short lines in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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