Railroad donated to Calhoun, Yalobusha counties

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Patriot Rail Corp. has given the Mississippi & Skuna Valley Railroad to Calhoun and Yalobusha counties.

On Monday, the company announced the donation of the 21-mile branch line, which runs from a point near Coffeeville on the Canadian National Railway to Bruce.

Patriot, based in Boca Raton, Fla., acquired the railroad in 2010 from Weyerhaeuser Co. Patriot says the railroad has been out of service since 2008, because of a deteriorated bridge.

County officials plan a recreational trail, similar to the Longleaf Trace in Hattiesburg. A trail conversion is also ongoing between the north Mississippi towns of Houston and New Albany.

Patriot will remove the rails to sell for scrap, but leave bridges for the trail. Patriot also owns the Golden Triangle Railroad, serving a Weyerhaeuser mill near Columbus, Miss.