Our firm has also developed a special expertise in rail transportation and, more particularly, in defining the role of rail users in solving branch line abandonment problems. We staff the Lackawaxen Honesdale Shippers Association, Inc. and were integrally involved in establishing the local shortline railroad as well as guiding the Association in supporting the railroad operation. That effort has been an outstanding success and the lessons learned have been applied to several other branch line abandonments. Clients have included the Snow Hill Shippers Association, Inc., an organization of rail users on the Eastern Shore of Maryland whose members included Perdue Farms, Moore Business Forms, Holly Farms Poultry Industries and and Showell Farms.
We have also been involved in various other rail related projects in California, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin and represented companies in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Easton, Lewisburg and elsewhere in negotiating to buy rail line segments valuable to their businesses and develop plans for new operations as a short-line railroad.