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ASLRRA Mourns Passing of Ben Tarbutton, Jr. of Sandersville Railroad Company

ASLRRA is sad to share the passing of Benjamin Tarbutton, Jr., a former director of the American Short Line Railroad Association, ASLRRA’s predecessor. According to his obituary, a memorial service will be held July 22.

Tarbutton spent his career with the Sandersville Railroad Company, his family's 127-yearold short line railroad business. He worked there for 65 years until the time of his death, serving as president, vice-president and director. As part of his long and illustrious railroad career, was also founder and president of the Georgia Railroad Association. He co-founded B-H Transfer Company in 1971 and was actively involved in managing his timberland holdings.

Tarbutton’s son, Sandersville Railroad Company President Ben Tarbutton, III, is a member of ASLRRA’s Board of Directors.

06/09/20 | American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
First State Investments acquires Patriot Rail and Ports

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Global infrastructure investor First State Investments (FSI) announced yesterday it reached an agreement with...

08/27/19 | Progressive Railroading
U.S. Secretary Elaine Chao Thanks America's Railroad Workers

Coronavirus – Our freight rail network also delivering for America during COVID-19 pandemic

America's nation’s railroads that often move the goods you need at the beginning of their journey - Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the flow of groceries, pharmaceuticals and other essential goods is a stark reminder that transportation networks that bring those necessities to people are as vital as the goods themselves.

April 10, 2020 | By Ian Jeffries | FOXBusiness
HARRELL: Policymakers Should Get Rail Policies Right

ATLANTA — Atlanta is one of America’s fastest growing cities with its population slated to reach 8.6 million by 2050 (up from about 4.6 million currently.)

01/14/20 | Gwinnett Daily Post

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