The Gallatin couple want the unused train track gone to avoid damage to the vehicle

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WSMV) – A couple from a Gallatin neighborhood said parts of a train track are inconvenient for drivers in that area. So they are asking the track owners to do something about it.

Charlotte and Richard Cushing cross the train tracks at the busy intersection of Newton Lane and Steamplant Road every other day. They said the rail line was no longer in use and had to go.

“He’s in really bad shape,” Charlotte Cushing said. “If you hit it too fast, you can probably break it or bend a wheel, and it needs fixing,” she added.

Cracked and holed railway tracks are only a few miles from the Gallatin TVA steam plant. The city said the tracks belong to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Those are big holes over there. It gets really bad going through it in your car,” Charlotte said.

“I barely go down to a creep, and you’ll bounce back,” said Richard Cushing. “Just like old potholes, except there are train tracks to add.”

The couple said crossing the intersection was the shortest route out of their home. The condition of the tracks even led Charlotte Cushing to try to find the owners of the track.

“I tried. I contacted CSX three times. They don’t own the track. They can’t fix it. I contacted the Sumner County Highway Department, they don’t own the track and they can’t fix it,” Charlotte Cushing said. “And I’ve called TVA several times. All you get is a recording. I left several messages.

“Me, you drive towards the steam plant, you’ll see because the tracks go pretty close to the road all the way,” said Richard Cushing. “And you’ll see sections where they took it [railroad tracks] and finished it where it is placed, so they have to cross.

The Cushings said they cross TVA tracks when driving into town. Luckily they didn’t damage a tire wheel, but they don’t want that to happen to anyone. So they want action.

“I’d be happy to just take the tracks out and pave them so it’s smooth up there because I think I told you earlier that I’m concerned about someone going through there who doesn’t know not the area,” Charlotte Cushing said. “If they hit at a faster speed than most people, I think it could cause a serious accident there.”

“The fact that they changed the angle of the road a bit wouldn’t hurt,” said Richard Cushing.

News 4 has contacted TVA and is waiting to hear if anything can be done about the train tracks.

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