Genesee & Wyoming Australia GM class in April 2008.

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GENESEE AND WYOMING

Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (G&W) is an American short line railroad holding company, that owns or maintains an interest in 122 railroads in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom; and formerly in Australia.

The company grew from the Class III Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, founded in 1899. As of 2011, it operates more than 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of owned and leased track. As of 2021, G&W owns or leases 116 freight railroads organized in locally managed operating regions with 7,300 employees serving 3,000 customers.

G&W's four North American regions serve 42 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 113 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.

Its UK/Europe Region includes the U.K.’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, as well as regional rail services in continental Europe.

G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at more than 30 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast and Mexico, transload services, and industrial railcar switching and repair.

 

Huron Central Railway EMD GP40-2 in September 2009.

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History

Early years

The Genesee and Wyoming Railroad was the flagship predecessor to the G&W; Edward L. Fuller purchased it out of a bankruptcy in 1899. At that time, the railroad was operating as a 14.5-mile long (23.3 km) single-track line serving a single customer, a salt mine owned by Fuller in Retsof, New York. It was still operating the same line for the salt mine when Mortimer B. Fuller III, great-grandson of Edward L. Fuller, purchased the railroad in 1977. The holding company, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Inc., was organized during the same year, and the railroad became its subsidiary.

With deregulation of the rail industry by the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, railroads began disposing of unprofitable routes. Genesee & Wyoming acquired several of these short line railroads, scattered across the United States, from 1985 to 1996. Its acquisitions began including railroads in other countries in 1997.

 

Portland & Western Railroad EMD SD9 in October 2009.

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Subsidiaries and holdings

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. owns controlling interests in 122 freight railroads, either directly or through subsidiaries, which are organized into local operating regions. These subsidiaries include Rail Link, Inc. (1996), Genesee & Wyoming Canada, Inc. (1997), Emons Railroad Group (2002), CAGY Industries (2008), and Summit View, Inc. (2008). In 2005, G&W acquired the properties formerly owned by the Rail Management Corporation.

Rail Link, Inc. (reporting mark RLIX), provides industrial switching and related customer logistics services. Rail Link, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, serves industrial customers in 13 states and serves more than 30 U.S. ports.

 

List of railroads owned by Genesee & Wyoming

The following is a list of railroads owned by Genesee & Wyoming. Genesee & Wyoming owns or leases 122 railroads across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Product Mark Class Holding Trackage Notes
Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway AGR II Acquired - 2012a 339 mi (546 km)
Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad AOR III Acquired - 2008 9 mi (14 km)
AN Railway AN III Acquired - 2005 119 mi (192 km)
Arizona and California Railroad ARZC III Acquired - 2012a 204 mi (328 km)
Arizona Eastern Railway AZER III Acquired - 2011 206 mi (332 km)
Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi Railroad ALM III Acquired - 2003 128 mi (206 km)
Arkansas Midland Railroad AKMD III Acquired - 2015 140 mi (230 km)
Atlantic and Western Railway ATW III Acquired - 2005 19 mi (31 km)
Bauxite and Northern Railway BXN III Acquired - 2012a 7 mi (11 km)
Bay Line Railroad BAYL III Acquired - 2005 182 mi (293 km)
Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad BPRR II Founded - 1988 728 mi (1,172 km) Operates Allegheny and Eastern Railroad, Pittsburg and Shawmut Railroad.
California Northern Railroad CFNR III Acquired - 2012a 255 mi (410 km)
Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway CBNS III Acquired - 2012a 245 mi (394 km)
Carolina Piedmont Railroad CPDR III Acquired - 2012a 33 mi (53 km)
Cascade and Columbia River Railroad CSCD III Acquired - 2012a 145 mi (233 km)
Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad CORP II Acquired - 2012a 362 mi (583 km)
Central Railroad of Indiana CIND III Acquired - 2012a 92 mi (148 km)
Central Railroad of Indianapolis CERA III Acquired - 2012a 60 mi (97 km)
CG Railway CGR III Acquired - 2017
Chattahoochee Bay Railroad CHAT III Acquired - 2006 26 mi (42 km)
Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad CIRR III Founded - 2003 15 mi (24 km)
Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway CCKY III Acquired - 2008 49 mi (79 km)
Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad CA III Acquired - 2012a 68 mi (109 km)
Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad CFE III Acquired - 2012a 281 mi (452 km)
Columbus and Chattahoochee Railroad CCH III Founded - 2012 26 mi (42 km)
Columbus and Greenville Railway CAGY III Acquired - 2008 151 mi (243 km)
Columbus and Ohio River Railroad CUOH III Acquired - 2008 247 mi (398 km)
Commonwealth Railway CWRY III Acquired - 1996 24 mi (39 km)
Conecuh Valley Railroad COEH III Acquired - 2012a 13 mi (21 km)
Connecticut Southern Railroad CSO III Acquired - 2012a 23 mi (37 km)
Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad CCPN III Founded - 1997 42 mi (68 km)
Dallas, Garland and Northeastern Railroad DGNO III Acquired - 2012a 168 mi (270 km)
East Tennessee Railway ETRY III Acquired - 2005 4 mi (6.4 km)
Eastern Alabama Railway EARY III Acquired - 2012a 26 mi (42 km)
First Coast Railroad FCRD III Founded - 2005 32 mi (51 km)
Fordyce and Princeton Railroad FP III Acquired - 2003 57 mi (92 km)
Galveston Railroad GVSR III Acquired - 2005 39 mi (63 km)
Georgia Central Railway GC III Acquired - 2005 171 mi (275 km)
Georgia Southwestern Railroad GSWR III Acquired - 2008 231 mi (372 km)
Goderich–Exeter Railway GEXR III Acquired - 2012a 184 mi (296 km)
Golden Isles Terminal Railroad GITM III Founded - 1998 13 mi (21 km)
Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad GR III Acquired - 2012a 22 mi (35 km)
Heart of Georgia Railroad HOG III Acquired - 2017 219 mi (352 km)
Hilton and Albany Railroad HAL III Founded - 2011 56 mi (90 km)
Huron and Eastern Railway HESR III Acquired - 2012a 320 mi (510 km)
Huron Central Railway HCRY III Founded - 1997 173 mi (278 km)
Illinois and Midland Railroad IMRR III Founded - 1996 97 mi (156 km)
Indiana and Ohio Railway IORY III Acquired - 2012a 469 mi (755 km)
Indiana Southern Railroad ISRR III Acquired - 2012a 166 mi (267 km)
Kentucky West Tennessee Railway KWT III Acquired - 2005 69 mi (111 km)
Kiamichi Railroad KRR III Acquired - 2012a 231 mi (372 km)
Knob Lake and Timmins Railway KLT III Founded - 2015 13 mi (21 km)
Kyle Railroad KYLE III Acquired - 2012a 505 mi (813 km)
Little Rock and Western Railway LRWN III Acquired - 2005 79 mi (127 km)
Louisiana and Delta Railroad LDRR III Founded - 1987 86 mi (138 km)
Luxapalila Valley Railroad LXVR III Acquired - 2008 34 mi (55 km)
Mahoning Valley Railway MVRY III Acquired - 2008 6 mi (9.7 km)
Marquette Rail MQT III Acquired - 2012a 126 mi (203 km)
Maryland Midland Railway MMID III Acquired - 2007 70 mi (110 km)
Massena Terminal Railroad MSTR III Acquired - 2012a 3 mi (4.8 km)
Meridian and Bigbee Railroad MNBR III Acquired - 2005 147 mi (237 km)
Michigan Shore Railroad MS III Acquired - 2012a 4 mi (6.4 km)
Mid-Michigan Railroad MMRR III Acquired - 2012a 87 mi (140 km)
Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad MNA II Acquired - 2012a 483 mi (777 km)
New England Central Railroad NECR III Acquired - 2012a 324 mi (521 km)
North Carolina and Virginia Railroad NCVA III Acquired - 2012a 53 mi (85 km)
Ohio Central Railroad System OHCR III Acquired - 2008 70 mi (110 km)
Ohio Southern Railroad OSRR III Acquired - 2008 18 mi (29 km)
Olympia and Belmore Railroad OYLO III Acquired - 2016 12 mi (19 km)
Ottawa Valley Railway OVR III Acquired - 2012a 157 mi (253 km)
Otter Tail Valley Railroad OTVR III Acquired - 2012a 54 mi (87 km)
Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad POHC III Acquired - 2008 35 mi (56 km)
Point Comfort and Northern Railway PCN III Acquired - 2012a 14 mi (23 km)
Portland and Western Railroad PNWR II Founded - 1995 288 mi (463 km) Operates Willamette and Pacific Railroad.
Prescott and Northwestern Railroad PNW III Acquired - 2015 6 mi (9.7 km)
Providence and Worcester Railroad PWRR II Acquired - 2016 163 mi (262 km)
Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad PSAP III Acquired - 2012a 135 mi (217 km)
Quebec Gatineau Railway QGRY III Founded - 1997 301 mi (484 km) Lessee of Mirabel Railway
Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad RCPE II Founded - 2014 743 mi (1,196 km) Purchased for $210 million from Canadian Pacific Railway.
Riceboro Southern Railway RSOR III Acquired - 2005 18 mi (29 km)
Rochester and Southern Railroad RSR III Founded - 1986 58 mi (93 km) Operates original Genesee and Wyoming Railroad and Dansville and Mount Morris Railroad.
Rockdale, Sandow and Southern Railroad RSS III Acquired - 2012a 4 mi (6.4 km)
St-Laurent et Atlantique Railroad SLQ III Acquired - 2002 95 mi (153 km)
St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad SLR III Acquired - 2002 143 mi (230 km)
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad SDIY III Acquired - 2012a 1 mi (1.6 km)
San Joaquin Valley Railroad SJVR III Acquired - 2012a 297 mi (478 km)
Savannah Port Terminal Railroad SAPT III Founded - 1998 18 mi (29 km)
South Buffalo Railway SB III Acquired - 2001 54 mi (87 km)
South Carolina Central Railroad SCRF III Acquired - 2012a 47 mi (76 km)
Southern Ontario Railway SOR III Acquired - 2012a 46 mi (74 km)
Tazewell and Peoria Railroad TZPR III Founded - 2004 24 mi (39 km) Lessee of Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
Texas Northeastern Railroad TNER III Acquired - 2012a 67 mi (108 km)
Three Notch Railroad TNHR III Acquired - 2012a 34 mi (55 km)
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway TPW III Acquired - 2012a 207 mi (333 km)
Tomahawk Railway TR III Acquired - 2005 6 mi (9.7 km)
Utah Railway UTAH III Acquired - 2002 41 mi (66 km) Operates Salt Lake City Southern Railroad.
Valdosta Railway VR III Acquired - 2005 10 mi (16 km)
Ventura County Railroad VCRR III Acquired - 2012a 9 mi (14 km)
Warren and Saline River Railroad WSR III Acquired - 2015 5 mi (8.0 km)
Warren and Trumbull Railroad WTRM III Acquired - 2008 4 mi (6.4 km)
Wellsboro and Corning Railroad WCOR III Acquired - 2012a 35 mi (56 km)
Western Labrador Rail Services WLRS III Founded - 2010
Wilmington Terminal Railroad WTRY III Acquired - 2005 17 mi (27 km)
Wiregrass Central Railroad WGCR III Acquired - 2012a 20 mi (32 km)
York Railway YRC III Acquired - 2002 42 mi (68 km)
Youngstown and Austintown Railroad YARR III Acquired - 2008 5 mi (8.0 km)
Youngstown Belt Railroad YB III Acquired - 2008 14 mi (23 km)

a = Part of RailAmerica purchase.

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Overview

Company type: Private
Industry: Short line and regional railroad freight
Founded: 1977; Rochester, New York, U.S.
Founder: Edward Laton Fuller
Headquarters: Darien, Connecticut, U.S.
Area served: United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Australia (former)
Key people: Michael O Miller, CEO
Services Transportation, Logistics
Revenue: Increase US$2.719 billion (2019)
Net income: Decrease US$261.0 million
Number of employees: 7,300
Parent: Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and GIC Private Limited
Website: www.gwrr.com

 

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