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Miller Leaving as Corman President

September 21, 2018

Brian Miller said this week that he will resign as president of R.J. Corman Railroad.

Miller, who has been with the company since 2010, will remain in the post to assist in the search for his successor.

“We very much appreciate all that Brian has done for our company,” said Ed Quinn, president and chief executive officer of R.J. Railroad Group. “We are sad to see him go, but certainly wish him the best.”

Miller joined R. J. Corman after spending 20 years at Norfolk Southern.

While at R. J. Corman, the company acquired two short lines, the Texas Line and Carolina Lines; obtained a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant; received two awards from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; and each year received Jake Awards for exemplary safety performance records.

Corman QJ to Get New Kentucky Home

February 11, 2016

An R.J. Corman steam locomotive will be getting a new home in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently approved spending $193,000 to build a structure in Midway to house Chinese-built QJ-class 2-10-2 No. 2008.

CormanThe locomotive had been housed in Lexington and was used to pull the Lexington Dinner train. But that service ended in December and the railroad’s lease on the building used to maintain the QJ expired at the end of the year.

Corman must remove that building from the property by June.

No. 2008 hasn’t run since 2013 after having been assigned to dinner train operation that year. Nicknamed “Old Smoky,” the locomotive once made appearances at the annual Midway Fall Festival.

Midway officials hope that the building to house No. 2008 will be situated near United Bank, where a Louisville & Nashville caboose is display.

The building to house the steamer is expected to cost $241,000.

The QJ was built in 1986 in Datong, China, as No. 7040. R.J. Corman bought the locomotive in 2008.

Rail Connections Added in Massillon

January 27, 2015

Two Massillon brothers have created a short line railroad in their city that they expect will serve the natural gas industry.

Steven and Dave DiPietro are linking the the former Republic Steel property that they purchased in the southwest corner of the city with two railroads.

The project involves rehabilitating an existing 3.5-mile existing rail line and building three new rail lines of a mile each. The Republic Short Line will connect with Norfolk Southern and R.J. Corman.

The two have spent about $4 million since August on the rail lines.

The former Republic property will be used to store 600 miles of pipe used for natural gas developments in Ohio, Michigan and Canada.

Steven DiPietro said the first deliveries are expected to arrive on Feb. 1.

“We’re putting Massillon dead center in Utica Shale play,” he said. “We could become the biggest pipe yard in the country.”

The 460-acre site to be used to store the pipes is also home to a sand and gravel company. The brothers are also actively seeking to entice other businesses to locate to the property.

DiPietro said plastic and petroleum companies have expressed interest in shipping commodities to be stored at the site. Yet another prospective customer might store canned tomatoes there.

“We want to be a viable rail option for any company wanting to do business,” DiPietro said.

The DiPietro brothers also own eight pizza restaurants in Stark County.



Clearfield Cluster Loses Coal Customer

August 14, 2014

The last coal train has departed from the mine and over the tracks of Cherry Tree branch of R.J. Corman’s Clearfield Cluster in central Pennsylvania.

Amfire Mining’s Clymer Prep Plant shipped its last unit train earlier this week. Just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, a Komatsu WA600 loader dumped the final scoop of coal into the train.

An hour later 55 cars of the 105-car train departed Clymer for the final time. Thus ended the shipment of coal by rail by the steadiest coal producer located on the Clearfield Cluster. The Rosebud Coal processing plant at Bigler shut down at the beginning of the summer, ending the operation of the railroad’s shuttle trains.

Unit coal trains continue to move from smaller operators, but those moves are irregular. An ethanol plant at Clearfield is the operation’s largest customer. Corman acquired the line from Conrail in 1995 and made it part of its Pennsylvania Lines operating group. It was once a joint operation of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad.