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Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby mowingman » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:45 pm

Anyone heard anything about this new operation. It seems to be owned by Bucyrus Railcar Repair. They are supposed to take over the old B&O from Parkersburg, into Belpre, and up through Marietta to the Globe Metallurgical plant at Relief. I wondered when it will take over, and what their motive power will be?
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Re: Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby AARR » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:25 pm

Looks like they have a handful of customers including carbon black, steel, metal dust or flyash and plastics. Looks like some potential for other business too.
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Re: Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby bbe125 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:17 pm

Exemption notice is up on the STB site today. They will lease High Yard, the former B&O mainline Parkersburg-Belpre segment, and the Marietta Sub.
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Re: Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby mowingman » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:00 pm

I grew up in Marietta and worked at a couple of the plants served by the railroad. It seems to me like the new shortline should have a good business base. They have the chemical plant in Belpre, the carbon black plant, the ferro alloy and chemical plants south of Marietta, the old BF Goodrich plant in Oak Grove, and the Globe plant up at Relief. They also have big welded rail from the coal hauling days, although the power plant at Relief is now gone. I remember when the whole line was rebuilt for the coal traffic, I think back in the 90's. I am really surprised someone like G&W, Corman, or Watco did not get this line. I have never heard of the company that got the line.
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Re: Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby bbe125 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:38 am

Parent company owns Bucyrus Railcar which acquired the former T&OC/NYC shop facility in Bucyrus Ohio a few years ago. I believe there was an article in TRAINS regarding that operation and the family behind it. Apparently they have decided to expand into shortline operation. Hopefully they will do well and we can avoid the expenses to taxpayers of another bike path.
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Re: Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad

Unread postby 937TrainFan » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:37 am

bbe125 wrote:Parent company owns Bucyrus Railcar which acquired the former T&OC/NYC shop facility in Bucyrus Ohio a few years ago. I believe there was an article in TRAINS regarding that operation and the family behind it. Apparently they have decided to expand into shortline operation. Hopefully they will do well and we can avoid the expenses to taxpayers of another bike path.


Yes, Cathcart Rail, LLC is the affiliated parent company of both Bucyrus Railcar Repair and this new BIPR railroad. Last year, they started their own small common carrier railroad called the Bucyrus Industrial Railroad at their Bucyrus location to potentially serve other industries connected to the shop's tracks (filing link here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documen ... repair-llc). This would be their first venture outside of Bucyrus to my knowledge.According to local press, the owners at Cathcart have already reached out to the regional economic development folks which made them quite happy. I hope that is a sign of good things to come for Appalachian Ohio.
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