The Vice President of Marketing for RJ Corman said they are right on schedule and plan on having their trains run down the tracks in March.
The company bought the tracks, which run through Horry County, from Carolina Southern and has been working to get them operational ever since.
It’s been four years since any trains ran on the tracks. Henderson said the rail line was in total disrepair.
They’ve had crews working around the clock to get it up and running.
Henderson added that safety is their number one priority.
“Human nature is, you don’t stop and look at the crossings after a while. That’s just human nature and that’s understood,” Henderson said. “So what we’re trying to do is communicate and raise awareness that red locomotives are going to be running up and down the rail line beginning March 1, and we want everyone to realize you have to stop at every crossing.”
When the rails open in March, Henderson said the trains will only go ten miles per hour.
Though he realizes it’s not the most efficient way to operate, it’s the safest for the time being.
Their goal is to increase the speed to 25 miles per hour but that will take time and money.
RJ Corman is applying for a federal grant to help with their long term goals.
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