- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A Kentucky company is buying a closed railroad that operated a line between Myrtle Beach and Whiteville, North Carolina.

Carolina Southern Railroad and R.J. Corman Railroad have agreed to complete the $13.9 million sale by August, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/1BRVREA).

It’s been nearly four years since Carolina Southern halted operations because of structural problems with some bridges on the 80 mile line.

R.J. Corman Vice President Bill Henderson said the company is eager to restore the service in the Carolinas.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we see this rail for what it can be and we’re excited to be a part of making something special for the Carolinas,” Henderson said.

Henderson said the company is hoping to get rail moving on the line again about six months after the official sale occurs. R.J. Corman has its own repair and maintenance operation and estimates that $2 million worth of work is needed to get the rail back in operation.

The company will be looking for employees with rail experience, but Henderson also touted a training program for those without experience.

An agreement for the sale was signed last year between Carolina Southern owner Ken Pippin and a commission representing Horry County, South Carolina, and Columbus County, North Carolina.

Henderson said R.J. Corman sees the potential for forestry products and agriculture products to use the railway.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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