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R.J. Corman Railroad Co. yesterday announced the purchase of two branches from Norfolk Southern Railway to create the Knoxville and Cumberland Gap Railroad LLC (KXCG).
The new railroad will manage a 59-mile line that runs from Clinton to Clairfield, Tennessee, and a 72-mile line that runs from Beverly, Tennessee, across the Cumberland Gap and to Middlesboro, Kentucky.
The acquisition will add over 130 miles to the more than 1,200 track miles operated by the R.J. Corman Railroad Group, company officials said in a press release.
“We see a lot of potential for growth, expansion and economic development in the region, and we look forward to providing our customers with our first-class quality service with safety-first operations,” said Ed Quinn, president and CEO of R.J. Corman Railroad Group.
The closing is subject to regulatory approvals. An application for approval has been filed with the Surface Transportation Board.
R.J. Corman officials expect to launch the KXCG operations in February.