Redding revved-up about East-West rail
Editors at the Redding Searchlight are excited by the idea of an East-West rail line that would start at Humboldt Bay and open extreme Northern California to Chinese markets.
It would transform Humboldt Bay from an isolated and forgotten backwater into a potentially significant node in the larger web of Pacific freight.
Darn tootin’. We don’t want Redding (or China) to go on forgetting about us.
The editorial goes on:
It’s not just government showing interest. Where would a grand railroad scheme be without a brash and colorful capitalist? This one has that, too.
Rob Arkley, a wealthy North Coast businessman who seems to find a fight at every turn, but who also employs hundreds through his Security National Master Holding Co., has taken a personal interest in the rail line. In a recent radio interview, he claimed it could be built in part because the ground it would cover is in remote regions with relatively few landowners – simplifying the process of negotiating rights-of-way.
There you have it.