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Group Seeks Grant To Fund Interchangeable Rail Cars


Getting grant money to buy railroad cars to haul logs is a priority for the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.

The recently found out they didn't get a grant to get the process going, but Chairperson Wendy Gehlhoff says last month the group agreed to apply for another state D.O.T. grant....

"....grant money for (acquiring) 40 log cars and that would be matched by 10 log cars from CN for a total of 50 cars to be used by any rail company in the Great Lakes forest region...."

CN is the abbreviation for Canadian National Railway.

The grant request is  $4.8 million. Gelhoff says the Northwoods log car fleet is aging. By 2021, more than 80 percent  of the fleet will be past its expiration time.

Gelhoff says besides reducing the wear on the roads from trucks, forest products producers find that shipping by rail is less expensive than shipping by truck.

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