Calling it “a terrific accomplishment,” CSX Transportation said Tuesday that its maintenance and repair teams worked ahead of schedule to reopen the railroad's 200-mile Memphis-Nashville line in Tennessee, which was heavily damaged by severe flooding earlier this month.
“Despite the fact that many of our employees were directly affected by this tragic flooding, they brought an extraordinary focus to re-opening the line and resuming service to our customers and the communities in that stricken area,” said David Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Operations were scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. EDT over the entire length of the line in western Tennessee, including two bridges spanning the Harpeth River that were heavily damaged. Additional work is planned each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Trains will operate over the line from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Some train re-routes over other rail carriers will continue for several days until all work is complete.
CSX also announced that it intends to pre-pay property taxes for tax year 2010 due in early 2011 to affected Tennessee counties to assist recovery efforts. Almost $2.7 million will be paid early to 23 counties, including $1 million to Davidson County in which the City of Nashville lies.