Gillette debates rail spur expansion - KOTA Territory News

Gillette debates rail spur expansion

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - City officials in Gillette are discussing the merits of possibly expanding a rail spur to help their local economy.

Some question whether that would be smart because Upton already has an industrial site with a rail spur. A report completed for the city in March advised against developing a new industrial park or site that would compete with the one in Upton, about 45 miles northeast of Gillette.

Others say Gillette is remote enough that a bigger rail spur would provide benefits such as supplying fuel for Campbell County's coal mines.

The Gillette News-Record reports Gillette owns an existing rail spur that was developed in the 1980s.

Expanding the spur to include a loop to accommodate trains with up to 100 cars would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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