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Inland port to have nearly 1.5 miles of new railroad tracks

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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The rail spur in front of a South Carolina Port Authority warehouse is being removed since it's no longer needed. The warehouse, background, has been demolished.

Jim Fair

The rail spur in front of a South Carolina Port Authority warehouse is being removed since it's no longer needed. The warehouse, background, has been demolished.



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The train tracks are split at a welding point so that they may be lifted without buckling or bending rails still in use.

Jim Fair

The train tracks are split at a welding point so that they may be lifted without buckling or bending rails still in use.



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The tracks and railroad ties are separated for removal and transportation off site.

Jim Fair

The tracks and railroad ties are separated for removal and transportation off site.



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The SCIP will use all new tracks and ties to create a parallel track to the main Norfolk & Southern line and its four spurs for off loading and storage.

Jim Fair

The SCIP will use all new tracks and ties to create a parallel track to the main Norfolk & Southern line and its four spurs for off loading and storage.



When the work of Norfolk & Southern is completed at the South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP) in Greer, it will consist of 2,600-feet of working tracks to the railroad’s mail line, plus 5,200 feet of storage tracks with room for future expansions.

One rail spur has been removed in front of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) warehouse that was demolished last week. A second spur remains intact that leads to Nordic, a cool-storage facility that is used by Blue Bell ice cream. It will soon be demolished.

There will be four lines for rail cargo to be off-loaded for transportation or stored with space for 522 slots for shipping containers. The SCPA expects initial annual capacity at 40,000 containers with as many as 100,000 in five years.

The SCPA will dismantle and relocate three of its rubber-tiered gantry cranes (RTGs) from Charleston to Greer to stack the containers.

The inland port will link Charleston and Greer by rail to improve the efficiency of international freight movements from the South Carolina Coast to the Upstate.

The $35 million SCIP is scheduled for a fall opening.

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