G&O Promotes Starnes to COO

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor

Short line holding company Gulf & Ohio Railways (G&O) has elevated Chris Starnes to Chief Operating Officer.

Starnes was hired in 2008 as the designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers for the Knoxville & Holston River Railroad, one of five G&O short line subsidiaries. He became G&O’s Revenue Manager in 2016, and was named General Manager of the company’s Lancaster & Chester Railroad three years later. A qualified steam engineer, Starnes has also helped with G&O’s Three Rivers Rambler tourist train in Knoxville, Tenn.

In other developments, Lancaster & Chester recently announced that it will serve E. & J. Gallo Winery’s first East Coast production and distribution facility, which will be built in Chester County, S.C.

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