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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway owner Wilds Pierce announced Friday, Nov. 13, the railway’s sale to SteelRiver Transportation Holdings, LLC. The announcement came on the deck of the historic railroad depot in downtown Blue Ridge which now serves as the railway’s headquarters.

LKRR 1205. The Little Kanawha River Railroad (LKRR) is one of those many inconspicuous little shortlines across the country as it operates only a few short miles of railroad (less than three miles) and today serves a river-rail transload facility that is affiliated with its owner, Marietta Industrial Enterprises. For power the railroad today uses one SW1200 switcher, a former Norfolk & Western Railway unit. At one time the short stretch of trackage, now operated by the Little Kanawha River…

The Winchester and Western Railroad (reporting marks, WW) today operates a railroad of some 50+ miles with its history dating as far back as 1916. The W&W was originally built to haul timber and for many years supplied parent Baltimore & Ohio Railroad with railroad ties. Winchester, Virginia, where the W&W connected with the B&O, one of its only connections into the state although the trunk line had ambitions of reaching deep into the Commonwealth. Today, the Winchester and Western hauls a…

What began in the late 1980s as a small, 6-mile shortline, today the Fort Worth and Western Railroad (reporting marks, FWWR) operates over 250 miles of trackage through a large area of eastern/southern Texas. Based out of Fort Worth the railroad has a traffic base ranging from grain and food products to lumber and chemicals. During a visit to Fort Worth in the late 1990s I had a chance to see the railroad in action and I think what stood out the most was the railroad’s colorful blue and…

The Iowa Northern Railway (reporting marks, IANR), located in the northeastern section of Iowa and headquartered in Cedar Rapids is a privately-owned shortline made up mostly of ex-Rock Island and Chicago Great Western trackage. Since its creation nearly 30 years ago the railroad has been steadily improving service and growing, today having nearly quadrupled its carloadings since it first began operations. The Iowa Northern has also been fortunate in that because it lies right in the heart…