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Default Tennessee Railway Company –Abandonment Exemption– in Scott County, TN





Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 260X)]

Tennessee Railway Company –Abandonment Exemption– in Scott County, TN

On February 28, 2005, Tennessee Railway Company (TNR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Norfolk Southern
Railway Company, filed with the Surface Transportation Board a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for
exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon an approximately 27.01-mile line of
railroad between milepost TE-0.95 near Oneida, and milepost TE-27.96 near Nicks Creek, in Scott
County, TN. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 37756 and 37841, and includes
the stations of Stanley, Newtown, Winona, Norma, Laco, and Smoky Junction. Service will continue to
the station of Oneida.

The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in TNR’s possession
will be made available promptly to those requesting it.

The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short
Line R. Co. –Abandonment– Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).

By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C.
10502(b). A final decision will be issued by June 17, 2005.

Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days
after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a
$1,200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).

All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment of rail service and salvage of
the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request
for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/ rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29
will be due no later than April 7, 2005. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing
fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27).

All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. AB-290 (Sub-No. 260X) and must
be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001, and
(2) James R. Paschall, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510. Replies to the TNR petition are
due on or before April 7, 2005.

Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office
of Public Services at (202) 565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s
Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at (202) 565-1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is
available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary), prepared
by SEA, will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who
commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy of the
EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be available within 60 days of the
filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within
30 days of its service.

Board decisions and notices are available on our website at .

Decided: March 9, 2005.

By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
E.M. Bell, KD4JSL
Salvisa, KY

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