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Federal grant to benefit short line rail transport in West Virginia


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A nearly $20 Million federal grant will help upgrade a short line railroad operating in northern and central parts of West Virginia.

The Appalachia and Ohio Railroad was recently awarded $19.4 Million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for upgrades and maintenance work. The money will help upgrade the mainline ties and continuous welded rail and rehabilitate nine tunnels on A&O’s 158-mile rail line, which runs from Grafton  to Cowen. It will cover about 9 miles of track and it’s expected most of that work will be done in the area of Allegheny Met’s new Sentry Mine and Arch Coal’s Leer South mines in Barbour County.

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