Old 06-07-2014, 02:48 PM   #176
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:36 PM   #177
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Default A Reminder of the Good Old Days . . .

The Good Old Days . . . when there were occasional passenger trains into Myrtle Beach, and from Conway to Homewood and back.

Good Old Days when we could occasionally ride a passenger train right here in Horry County.

Good Old Days which many of us fear may be Gone Forever.

This is the last passenger train is the last one I know of into Myrtle Beach.

If anyone knows of any passenger trains into Myrtle Beach since this one in September of 2006, I'd like to know about them.



From the Myrtle Beach Herald, September 28, 2006, page 1-A.
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I found this article today from 1993 in Pippin's previous home --

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/199...ine-light-rail
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:34 PM   #179
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Thanks for posting the link, Joe. That was a good story.
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They have evidently scrapped the old N&W GP18 #943 (later WCL, same number)
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Joe, I also heard that by word of mouth Saturday of last week, at Grand Strand Western.

Today, July 14, is two months, from Mr. Pippin's postponement of his Abandonment filing.

Checked the FTSB filings, and so far only one filing today, and it was not by B & A.
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Here's a link to the latest news, in yesterday's Myrtle Beach Sun-News:

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/201...ach-area.html#
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This is the second time that the Interstate Railroad Committee has reported optimism that an agreement to sell B&A's Carolina Southern line will happen.

I wasn't surprised that the first such optimistic report didn't result in a sale of the railroad.

And, I'm sorry to say that I won't be suprised if this second optimistic report of a sale doesn't materialize, although I'd like to think that it will.

Maybe it will take a third time.

Remember the old saying that the third time is "the charm?"

And, there's another saying about the Third time, from Ian Fleming's novel, Goldfinger, where Mr. Auric Goldfinger tells James Bond:

"We have a saying in Chicago: Once is Happenstance, Twice Is Coincedence, and the Third Time, it's . . . "

And, in Mr. Fleming's novel, there is a connection to railroads.

Goldfinger attempts to hijack a train into Fort Knox, and his attempt is described in vivid detail.

The novel has a map of the railroad there.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:38 PM   #184
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I am hearing this agreement mentioned in the article will be announced today (Wednesday 7/23).

Of course, all this amounts to as the STB setting a price for the sale of the railroad. That still doesn't mean there is a buyer.


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Old 07-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #185
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Myrtle Beach Online just dropped the article. It basically says the Pippins are moving forward to file for abandonment for all but the last seven active miles of the railroad. If a buyer is found, they can lease those seven miles between Nichols and Mullins from the Pippins.

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/201...ml?sp=/99/101/
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:00 AM   #186
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Am I being overly skeptical when I see those 7 miles being a future point of contention?
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Am I being overly skeptical when I see those 7 miles being a future point of contention?
I don't think you are being in the least bit skeptical, and share your skepticism.

What we read about from these links yesterday was front page headlines in today's Myrtle Beach Sun-News.
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Below is a link to the Plaintiffs' (excluding BP Chemical) motion to dismiss their complaint against Baltimore & Annapolis, filed on July 23 of this year.

http://www.stb.dot.gov/Filings/all.nsf/6084f194b67ca1c4852567d9005751dc/a2cfcc90997ece9b85257d1e00577df2/$FILE/236348.pdf

(Moderator note, attempting with Google short URL) http://goo.gl/WO3cg5


Am posting this one twice, because the URL I used in my previous post did not become highlighted on posting, and the edit button is not available.

Well, this second link is not highlighted either, although I did get the edit button after posting it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:25 PM   #189
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Ysterday, I finally got to Red Hill, South Carolina, and took some photos of what I may have mentioned in previous posts.

Coastal Bio-Diesel Group, which to my understanding, both cleans, or did clean, tank cars, and ships out or did ship out, reprocessed cookinig oil in tank cars, in the past usually had only one tank car on their sidiing, but later they had three tank cars.

I have a very clear memory of all 3 tank cars being on their siding after the bridge closings, but now there is only one tank car left. I should have taken photos, and noted the date, while all 3 tank cars were still there, so I'd have proof of my memories.



New South Lumber Company, which shipped out lumber, has one high bulkhead flat car on their siding.

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Thank you for posting the photos. Looks like the states are seriously considering purchase of the line:

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/201...ts-a-snag.html
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Thanks for the link, ShortlinesUSA.

I hope that eventually the railroad can be repaired, reopen, get high volume traffic and earn a profit.
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Latest news on B&A, dba Carolina Southern, CALA

http://www.myhorrynews.com/news/busi...7a43b2370.html
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Last report I heard was that Horry County's purchase of the railroad would be discussed in executive session, last item on the agenda for tonight's Horry County Council meeting.

I plan to watch the meeting on local cable TV.
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Columbus, NC has already pitched in a few dollars --

http://www.carolinalive.com/news/sto...8#.VDRrbcstDIU

Columbus County OKs nearly $2 million for Carolina Southern Railroad

(AP) -- WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- Columbus County commissioners have agreed to spend nearly $2 million in tax incentives over the next decade to get the Carolina Southern Railroad rolling again in North and South Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the board voted Monday night to approve $1.8 million in tax incentives for an unnamed buyer of the line that serves Columbus County, as well as Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina.
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Joe:

Thanks for the post.

I was planning to watch the Horry County Council meeting last night, but could not find any channel on my cable TV that carried it, although in the past I always could do so.

Was in a hurry to get to work this morning, but top right column of front page of the Sun News said that Horry County Council agreed to put $1.8 million into the railroad.

That was all I could read before the page fold, since the newspaper was in the box.

Now that I am on a work break, will read more.
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Carolina Southern could roll again by next spring

Businesses in Horry and Columbus, N.C., counties could have rail service again next spring if a $13.6 million deal now in the works is completed.

Mark Lazarus, Horry County Council chairman, confirmed the sale price Thursday.

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/201...#storylink=cpy
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Thanks for the good news, Joe.

Now, for some bad news, in the comments section of the Net news story, "Why Horry County is investing nearly $2 million to repair a railroad."

http://www.carolinalive.com/news/sto...5#.VGysZGd0w2w

Scroll down to the comment by Greg Paul:

"our fine county council needs to remember the state did almost 4 million dollars worth of renovations to the draw bridge at the pottery and the operator house has been totaled by vandalism and theft of the copper wires."

I've done a net search to find out further details of this bad news, and so far nothing.

I would think there would be some crime reports on this.

I do remember about 10 or so years ago, a report that a window glass had been broken at the drawbridge, but nothing like what Mr. Paul says.

Oh, how I long for the Good Old Days of the 1980s, when Jerry Ausband was editor of the Sun-news, and everything related to the railroad was given major coverage.

Such a bad situation at the drawbridge would have been front page in the Sun-News, and there would have been an editorial urging that the vandals be found and punished to the max.

What Mr. Paul says sounds (or, reads), very bad, and like it would be very expensive to repair. And, if and when the railroad is reopened, greater security measures would be needed at the drawbridge.
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I was a bit surprised to learn that a TV station in Tuscon, Arizona, would be reportinig on the sale of B & A's Carolina Southern line. Here's a link to it, altho it looks like it might require membership to view.

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2...thern-railroad
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RJ Corman is it! http://m.myhorrynews.com/news/articl....html?mode=jqm
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Thanks for the links, AntD.

Hope that RJ Corman will be able to make the railroad successful.
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