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January 31, 2013

Somebody’s having some dialogue about railroad serving Myrtle Beach region

There are no prospective buyers wooing Carolina Southern Railroad owners, according to one of the owners, but something is going on.

There are no prospective buyers wooing Carolina Southern Railroad owners, according to one of the owners, but something is going on.

The railroad has been shut down for about a year because of problems with its bridges, and members of a two-state committee formed to get it running again told railroad general manager Jason Pippin Wednesday night that there needs to be progress soon or members will file a complaint with the Surface Transportation Board.

The federal Surfaced Transportation Board could force the Pippin family to sell the railroad.

Committee members said they assumed from Pippin’s remarks at the meeting that the railroad was talking with a prospective buyer. But Pippin said after he left the meeting room that there are no currrent talks with any buyers.

Doug Wendel, co-chairman of the two-state committee, told members of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. Thursday morning that somebody’s talking to somebody.

“There is some dialogue going on that should result in a solution to that issue,” Wendel said at the business group’s annual meeting.

Wendel, who is also chairman of the EDC board, wouldn’t comment after the meeting on what that dialogue might be.

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