Nick McWilliams reporting – The idea of turning the rail line connecting New Philadelphia to Dennison hit a recent snag, but that has not stopped the city for looking for new investors.
The city recently received word that R.J. Corman Railroad Group was not interested in purchasing the stretch from the CSX Corporation.
Mayor Joel Day says that the company does not wish to buy the land from the Florida-based CSX, but would run daily procedures if someone else took ownership.
“They told us in a conference call that they’re not interested in purchasing it, but if we could put together a local group that would purchase it they would be interested in operating it.”
The stretch would need extensive repairs and work, as a portion between Midvale and Dennison has sat abandoned.
Day says that the purpose behind the concentrated effort revolves around opening up more travel options for residents in Tuscarawas County, calling the potential purchase a “game-changer.”
“The main focus has been to be able to bring excursion trains from the Dennison Depot up through the middle of the county. Through Uhrichsville, New Philadelphia and Dover. Because we feel that that would generate so many additional dollars.”
Potential sales and tax revenue could benefit the cities the train passes through, along with the county as a whole.
The task force recruited to work on acquiring the line is looking into potential purchasing costs, along with tax issues and the best way to lay out an offer.
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