RailAmerica has annouced they are shutting down the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in early 2005 due to continued loss of freight traffic. The E&N has been experiencing a decline in freight traffic since they lost the Port Alberni Pulp Mill in late 2001. This does not mean that the E&N will be abandoned, as RailAmerica may be able to find a buyer for the E&N. RailAmerica to Take Impairment Charge in the Third Quarter BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2004--RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE:RRA), announced today that it will take a pre-tax non-cash charge of approximately $12 million to $13 million, ($7 million to $9 million after-tax) in the third quarter of 2004 due to its decision to dispose of its E&N Railway in British Columbia, Canada. RailAmerica purchased the 181 mile E&N Railway in 1999 from Canadian Pacific for $11 million. The Company is currently reviewing several alternatives for disposing of the railroad. "We continually review the performance and capital needs of each of our 46 railroads," said Charles Swinburn, Chief Executive Officer of RailAmerica. "The E&N Railway has been experiencing declining carloads over the past two years and is no longer viable. We are evaluating our options for dealing with the property, and expect to dispose of it during the first half of 2005."