Short Line Rail Boom
In this July 3, 2012 photo, a locked gate blocks a road leading to the Tahawus mine in Newcomb, N.Y. A railroad company is renovating rusty, overgrown tracks to get at millions of tons of waste rock at the abandoned iron and titanium mine near the source of the Hudson River and the highest peaks of the Adirondacks. The federal Surface Transportation Board on June 14, 2012, cleared the way for the New York freight line to be operated by the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. The planned reopening of a 30-mile rail link is part of a widespread resurgence of short line and regional railroads driven by high oil prices that make rail shipping more economical than trucking. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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