Riding the rails: $10M grant to upgrade Carolinas short line

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A $10 million federal grant will be used to upgrade a short line railroad connecting Horry County, South Carolina, and Columbus County, North Carolina.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice announced in a news release Tuesday that the money from the U.S. Transportation Department has been awarded to Horry County.

The railroad connects Mullins, South Carolina and Chadbourn, North Carolina, and was bought by the R.J. Corman Railroad Group last year.

It was previously operated as the Carolina Southern which had to shutter operations five years ago because bridges along the line failed to meet federal standards.

Corman vice president Bill Henderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (http://bit.ly/2a4fAUU) that the improvements will allow the railroad to work with local economic development officials to attract more business for the line.

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