Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s newly-formed subsidiary, the Columbus & Chattahoochee Railroad, Inc., signed an agreement with Norfolk Southern to lease and operate a 26-mile segment of NS track that runs from Girard, Ala., to Mahrt, Ala. The CCR will interchange with NS in Columbus, Ga., where GWI's Georgia Southwestern Railroad also has operations.
The CCR expects to commence operations on the leased line in July 2012 with 17 employees and six locomotives. The CCR anticipates handling approximately 17,000 carloads per year, consisting primarily of coated paperboard-related traffic, as well as other general merchandise shipments. The CCR will be operated as part of GWI’s Southern Region under the leadership of Gerald Gates.