Revamping Callway County Rail

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Tuesday, May 29 2007 May 29, 2007 Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:19:53 PM CDT May 29, 2007 in News

Cars still pause at the tracks near Westminster College, but for no real reason. These tracks end up 28 miles away in Mexico and haven't been used in years, but that's about to change.

"We feel like there's an opportunity for an aggressive company to come in and market the area," Kurt Gaylor form the Ozark Valley Railroad said.

That company is Ozark Valley Railroad, a private company that sees big opportunities for profit with freight and maybe even tourists using the line again.

"That's what it's all about," Bruce Hackmann from the Fulton Area Development Corporation said.

The tracks look a little rough, but the new owners are willing to invest big money getting it into shape.

"It's a great opportunity for us to build traffic with a willing partner," Hackmann said.

"Rail just adds another piece to the transportation puzzle that we think is attractive to the area," Gaylor said.

Hackmann said Fulton needs the spur to stay competitive.

"If you don't have rail it can be a strike against you," Hackmann said.

The sale needs to be approved by the Federal Surface Transportation Board before Ozark Valley can begin working on the railroad.

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