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Tourist railroad considered for SC coast

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - There is talk of a tourist railroad on the South Carolina coast.

The Beaufort Gazette reported Tuesday that Beaufort County will seek proposals from companies interested in restoring the rail line between Port Royal and Yemassee.

The county has plans for a walking and bike trail along the right of way owned by the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority. The authority will determine how much the tracks might be worth to salvage companies.

Yemassee was once a busy rail junction and already is planning to renovate its station. During the first half of the 20th century, an estimated half-million Marine recruits heading for Parris Island passed through the hamlet.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

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