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Intermodal trending higher in latest week

Intermodal CarIntermodal traffic as it has for most of the year outpaced carload volumes that were flat among U.S. railroads for the week ending Feb. 17.

The Association of American Railroads reported 539,963 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.1% compared with the same week in 2017.

Total volume was 260,454 carloads, down 0.6%, while intermodal volume was 279,509 containers and trailers, up 6.8%.

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Old Panhandle railroad still chugs down Memory Lane

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG) - Very few images evoke a sense of Americana quite like those of the old railroad.

MBRailroadThey remind us of the romance we have with our past and are a symbol of the progress we’ve made throughout the fledgling years of our existence. Railroads helped shape our nation, and put us on track to a more prosperous union.

The M & B Railroad served a small corridor in Northwest Florida beginning in 1909. The line ran between two nearby cities, Marianna, the “M”, and Blountstown, the “B”.

“If you wanted to go anywhere other than maybe [by] a steamboat, this was the only way to get out of town,” said Blountstown Mayor Tony Shoemake.

The line was just 29 miles long and it cost 15 cents for a one-way trip. It was the shortest railroad line in Florida.

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