CSX has requested permission from the federal government to build a rail inspection yard in the Casky area of Christian County.
A public notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says CSX considered seven locations as options and only found the Casky and Trenton sites as viable.
Once complete, the yard would consist of a series of railroad tracks parallel to the mainline track to be used for storing and sorting freight railroad cars. The railyard would consist of approximately 10 inspection tracks spaced on 30-foot track centers, four support tracks spaced on 14-foot centers, one four-car repair track and associated train shed, a “Y” track, a lead through the railyard limits and a runaround.
CSX needed 300 acres of land in an area where the environment wouldn't be significantly damaged and where very few road crossings are present. The railroad company plans to use a 60-foot culvert extension for construction, but will not cause any extreme impacts to waterways.
Other locations considered were Crofton, Earlington, Morton's Gap and the north side of Hopkinsville.