LORIS, S.C. - Governments in both Carolinas are looking at buying a short-line railroad that served the two states until it shut down two years ago.

The Sun News reports that a committee comprised of representatives from both states will meet next month to negotiate the purchase of the Carolina Southern Railroad.

The railroad served customers in Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina and Columbus County in North Carolina until the 95-mile line shut down. Federal inspectors told the line's private owner that repairs needed to be made to bridges along the line.

Mike Lazarus, chairman of the Horry County Council, says both states and Horry County are behind the effort, although it has not been determined yet what each government might contribute.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/