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Bear Island

C&O Milepost 108.3


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The Bear Island Paper mill is served by a spur that branches from the mainline nearly on the site of the former Little River station. According to the Bear Island Web site (when it was up) the plant was constructed in 1979 and turns out 235,000 metric tons of newsprint annually. While there is a spur onsite for delivery of wood-chips, most of the plant’s pulpwood comes via truck. Bear Island receives a variety of supplies via rail in box, tank, and hopper cars. The RF&P ran a local to the mill using trackage rights over the C&O from the time the plant opened until 1992 when it was merged into CSX.


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