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in Ford County. The rail line being ac- quired by Holding is located between milepost 15.8 at or near Wilroads, Kan., and milepost 26.0 at Dodge City, Kan.


Mount Vernon Terminal


Lewpac has filed to lease and operate 0.47 miles of track owned by Mount Ver- non Terminal in Mount Vernon, Wash. The line was originally built by the Puget Sound & Cascade Railway in 1916 and purchased by the Mount Vernon Termi- nal in 1929. The line extends from a con- nection with the BNSF Bellingham Sub- division at milepost 70 in Mount Vernon. The lease includes an option to purchase Mount Terminal’s assets.


Bogalusa Bayou and Geaux Geaux Railroad


A correction from last month, the Bo- galusa Bayou (BBRR) and Geaux Geaux Railroad (GGRL) story in the April issue combined two separate events. Early last year Amzak Capital Management, which is owned by KPAQ Industries, formed the Geaux Geaux Railroad and purchased the former IC/Y&MV main line from Maryland (just north of Baton Rouge) to Slaughter and the former branch from Slaughter to Zee from Canadian National for $890,000. Amzak had been formed in 2010 to acquire and operate an idle paper mill at Zee. At about this same time, Watco obtained a contract to switch the paper mill at Bogalusa, and subsequently formed the Bogalusa Bay- ou Railroad to operate over one mile of trackage rights over Canadian National (ex-GM&O) between Bogalusa and Lee’s Creek so that it could interchange with CN at its Bogalusa Yard.


Bogalusa Bayou then got the contract to operate the Geaux Geaux Railroad. Since the people behind the GGRL had no railroad experience, operation was contracted to an experienced operator. Bogalusa and Baton Rouge are almost 100 miles apart, so the trackage rights between Bogalusa and Lees Creek has nothing to do with access to the Baton Rouge Yard.


REGIONALS/SHORTLINES EAST STEPHEN KOENIG


Piedmont & Northern to Iowa Pacifi c


Owned by the State of North Carolina, the 13-mile Piedmont & Northern had been operated by Patriot Rail for a num- ber of years. In April it was announced that the railroad will now be operated under contract by Iowa Pacific as Pied- mont Railway. The transaction should be completed this summer.


Shipments Resume on Granite District


The old Montpelier & Barre lines in Vermont that have been dormant since 2010 have been reactivated. Operated by Washington County Railroad since 1980, itself a subsidiary of Vermont Railway since 1999, granite shipments resumed in April after five years of inactivity.


Delaware, Lackawaxen & Stourbridge


A new rail operator hopes to reestablish train excursions by the spring on the Lackawaxen & Stourbridge in northeast


Pennsylvania. Paul Brancato purchased the local railroad in May 2008 and hired Morristown & Erie Railway Inc. to oper- ate the tracks owned by the Stourbridge Railroad. M&E had a ten-year operating agreement but pulled out in 2012. The new Delaware, Lackawaxen & Stour- bridge began operations on May 9. Re- cently the railroad outshopped a pair of coaches in a Pennsylvania Railroad livery and is restoring a caboose to the same. DL&S also hopes to have freight service in the near future. DL&S plans to use the 25 miles of tracks to run visitors on former Erie Railroad rails between Honesdale, Hawley, and Lackawaxen, Pa. Passenger trains will be powered by ex-Bangor & Aroostook BL2 No. 54.


Delaware-Lackawanna Lease Renewed


The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, a subsidiary of Genesee Valley Transpor- tation, announced a five-year extension to their existing operating lease agree- ment extension for more than 90 miles of trackage owned by the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority (PNRRA). The board voted unanimously to extend the agreement that was set to expire later this year. The PNRRA and the DL have worked together on a number of development projects that have helped economic growth in the region. The DL employs 30 people in the Scranton area that man- age, maintain the tracks, signals and locomotives, and operate the trains over the PNRRA’s trackage.


The DL had a record year in 2014 showing a 12.4 percent increase in car- loads over 2013. The railroad’s market- ing and management team has grown


Private Trip Marks 50th Anniversary of New York’s LA&L


A special private excursion for executives, employees, and friends of the railroad past and present marked the 50th anniversary of western New York shortline Livonia, Avon & Lakeville on May 6. The trip operated from Lakeville north to Mortimer Junction (located just outside Rochester, N.Y.) and return. Coaches were provided by the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Two sold-out public excursions were operated on a similar route on May 9. See MARKERS on Page 62 for details.


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