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Fairfield again delays rail decision

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIANA — After saying they would vote on the closing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing on Esterly Drive at Thursday’s meeting, Fairfield Township trustees voted unanimously to put it of......

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STofit

Jan-24-14 9:19 AM

Norfolk Southern, nor any other railroad can not refuse service to anyone, except when there is a problem with bad track, of lack of sufficient business to warrant service. They are a public utility and as such must provide service. The truth of the matter is the company and the railroad want to make it easier on themselves, they don't care about any other inconvenience they may cause others. If you check into the cost of freight for each railcar you will find it is just slightly below the cost of trucking. These cars can be handled now, and if it can't be done without a loop track perhaps the company should locate in Negley or Signal. Ore, coke and limestone were unloaded at mills in vast quantities for years without loop tracks. The company can put in sidings and get their own locomotive to handle the unloading like the mills did in the past

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