February 6, 2012

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Middletown & New Jersey Railway continues upgrades

MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown & New Jersey Railway is using a $1.6 million state grant to perform rail upgrades on the four lines it operates in Orange County.  The short-haul railroad will rehabilitate the line between Campbell Hall and Warwick and portions of the track in Middletown and between Walden and Montgomery.

The railroad's property includes a depot and track

Robert Parker, president of parent company Regional Rail LLC said they have grown to some 30 customers in Orange County ranging from plastics, produce, chemicals, beer and wine.

The Mid-Hudson has a “great business climate” with a lot of interest in their service, Parker said.

“When we acquired our first line, the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad, which runs from Middletown to Slate Hill, we had one customer on the line. There are now seven or eight different customers using our transload off Dolson Avenue or are receiving cars in Middletown,” he said. “We have found that a lot of people didn’t really realize that it was a railroad option to use and we have been very well received and I’ve seen the business grow and we’re looking for more of that.”

Middletown & New Jersey connects to long-haul railroads, Norfolk Southern and New York Susquehanna and Western.

It is required to contribute 10 percent to the state grant.


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