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does anyone have any information on the new railroad company in Tallulah, la that has purchased the Delta Southern Railroad company?



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It is a new company started by the original founders of Railamerica. I think Marino is the last name.

That is correct. Continental Rail is the name of the latest holding company. The Marinos started Patriot Rail, as well, but sold that to an investment firm. Delta Southern is their first acquisition as Continental Rail.

The biggest change you'll see is the old Delta Southern CF7s will be replaced with ex Canadian Pacific GP9Rs. Four of them should have arrived in Tallulah by now. I have no idea if these "new" locomotives will be repainted, or if they'll just keep working in worn CP paint. I have heard the CF7s will be scrapped, but I can't say that is their fate with absolute authority at this point.

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I know the man running the show at Delta Southern. We talked yesterday:

1) the CF7s have been converted to razor blades & reusable locomotive parts.

2) at least 1 of the CP GP9s...that I have seen with my own eyes...has been repainted into the new paint scheme. The body is maroon with white lettering & new white graphics. It was too far for me to get a pic, but he came up with the design & described it to me.

3) they have spent some $$ cleaning their R.O.W. removing old crossties & cutting the brush back. They also rebuilt 5 bridges that had burned.

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