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Vale officials see potential development opportunities with short line railroad

Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando believes finding a way to link economic development to rail service will be key for future prosperity. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – When Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando looks at the rail lines that slice through town, he sees opportunity.

“There is no reason Vale can’t get a little bit of the share of the rail and possibilities of rail,” said Vialpando.

Vialpando said he wants to leverage several pieces of property near the rail line to spark economic development.

The tracks are part of a short line now owned by Jaguar, a transportation and logistics firm based in Joplin, Missouri.

Jaguar bought the short line from The Western Group last fall.

The short line used to run to Burns but that stretch was abandoned in . . .