Mineral County Oversight

The Thorne Line, which extends from Fort Churchill to Thorne. The Army owns it on either side of the reservation and has a lease through the Reservation. The Army maintains the line and the Southern Pacific services it. The track is designated Class I with a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour. The Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant is one of the two military installations in Nevada that has been identified as being rail-dependent by the DOD and is the only customer on the line. The tracks for both the Mina and Thorne branches have been reported to be in fair to poor condition with 70-pound rail.

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