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Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Pennsylvania Lines LLC and Norfolk Southern Railway Company

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Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated (OSRR), a Class III carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire by sublease from Pennsylvania Lines LLC (PRR) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) and operate approximately 2.3 route miles of rail line between milepost RQ 36.0, at Wilbren, OH, and milepost RQ 38.1, at New Lexington, OH, including connecting tracks in the vicinity of New Lexington (line).[2]

The transaction was expected to be consummated promptly following the effective date of the exemption. The earliest the transaction could be Start Printed Page 55075consummated was July 7, 2000, 7 days after the exemption was filed.

The transaction is related to Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Glouster Coal Company, Glouster, OH, STB Finance Docket No. 33896 (STB served July 18, 2000) and Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated—Trackage Rights Exemption—Pennsylvania Lines LLC and Norfolk Southern Railway Company, STB Finance Docket No. 33902 (STB served July 18, 2000), to exempt OSRR's extension of service over Glouster Coal Company's line serving its Buckingham Mine and OSRR's trackage rights over NSR's West Secondary line from New Lexington to a point near Glouster, OH. Upon consummation of these transactions OSRR will be able to provide coal transportation service in conjunction with NSR from the Buckingham Mine to customers of Glouster Coal Company located on or accessed via the lines of OSRR.

If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to reopen the proceeding to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction.

An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 33895, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Kelvin J. Dowd, Esq., Slover & Loftus, 1224 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.

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Decided: September 5, 2000.

By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.

Vernon A. Williams,


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1.  On August 25, 2000, the Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated filed an Amended Verified Notice of Exemption in STB Finance Docket No. 33895. The notice being served today corrects and supersedes the Board's initial notice that was served on July 18, 2000, and published the same date at 65 FR 44571 by clarifying that the total length of track being acquired is 2.3 route miles and includes connecting tracks in the vicinity of New Lexington. The remainder of the Board's July 18, 2000 notice remains unchanged.

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2.  On July 5, 2000, NSR filed a verified notice of exemption under the Board's class exemption procedures at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7). The notice covered an agreement between PRR, NSR and OSRR for the grant by OSRR to NSR of overhead trackage rights over the line. The trackage rights will enable NSR to continue operations over the line and facilitate the development of a more efficient routing for both OSRR and NSR to move traffic more expeditiously in the region. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company—Trackage Rights Exemption—Ohio Southern Railroad, Incorporated in Perry County, OH, STB Finance Docket No. 33900 (STB served July 18, 2000).

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[FR Doc. 00-23340 Filed 9-11-00; 8:45 am]