Rail traffic up

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Port chief hopes uptick continues

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Rail traffic through the Port of Tell City has picked up, Dick Neumann reported at a regular Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors meeting Sept. 9.

"We handled more pig iron in August than we have in 18 months," the vice president and chief executive officer of the port-rail agency said the next day. The News was unable to attend the meeting due to a schedule conflict. Seventy-seven rail cars of the material had been moved, Neumann said, calling it the highest car count in a year.

"Hopefully it's an indication of things to come," he said. Inventories stored at the port are getting low, he added, so "we should start seeing barges of pig iron this month."

Neumann also reported he's reviewing  regulations imposed by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Short rail lines have two years to comply with them, he said.