Shortline holding company RailUSA will acquire nearly 375 miles of CSX Transportation railroad tracks across the Florida Panhandle, according to a recent story on the Trains Magazine website.
The routes reportedly include the Tallahassee Subdivision between Baldwin and Chattahoochee, the Pensacola and Atlantic Subdivision between Chattahoochee and Pensacola and portions of the Bainbridge Subdivision between Tallahassee and Attapulgus, Georgia.
The railroad could start operation in mid-January, sources told the magazine.
The Panhandle line once hosted Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, which ran between Orlando and Los Angeles. That route was cut back to New Orleans-Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina damaged tracks east of New Orleans in 2005.
The line is maintained to Class 4 track standards with maximum speeds of 60 mph for freight trains, according to the magazine. It reported that CSX has rerouted most through traffic off the Panhandle line to its parallel route via Waycross, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama.