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Genesee & Wyoming
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. is an American short-line railroad holding company that owns or maintains interests in 120 railroads throughout five countries (the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and the United Kingdom), and operates more than 15,500 miles (24,900 km) of owned and leased track, with more than 3,300 miles (5,300 km) under additional track-access arrangements. The company had its roots in the Class III Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, which began in 1899.

Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, predecessor of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., was purchased out of bankruptcy in 1899 by Edward L. Fuller. At that time, the railroad was operating as a 14.5 miles (23.3 km) long single-track line serving a single customer, a salt mine owned by Fuller in Retsof, NY. 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.

Continued expansion
In November 1997 Genesee & Wyoming purchased the South Australian freight operations of Australian National and rebranded the operation Australian Southern Railroad.

In October 2000 Australian Railroad Group, a 50/50 joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming and Wesfarmers, were the successful bidder for the Westrail freight business in Western Australia. As part of the joint venture agreement, ownership of Australian Southern Railroad passed to Australian Railroad Group.

In July 2003, the Carolina Coastal Railway, operated by G&W subsidiary Rail Link, Inc., was sold to Main Line Rail Management, Inc.

On May 26, 2005, G&W announced that it has agreed to purchase the railroad operations of Rail Management Corporation (RMC). G&W paid $243 million in cash and assume $1.7 million in company debt to gain control of 14 short line railroads from RMC across the southeastern United States, as of June 1, 2005.

As of the close of 2005, Genesee and Wyoming had 2,330 employees in North America. That year, Hurricane Stan wiped out several miles of Genesee & Wyoming track in Mexico. In 2006, the Mexican government agreed to pay 75 percent of the rebuilding costs, or $15 million, to reconstruct the track.

In June 2006 the Australian Railroad Group joint venture was broken up with the Western Australian above rail operation sold to QR National and the below rail infrastructure to Babcock & Brown in a $974 million (A$1.55 billion) deal. At the same time Wesfarmers sold its 50% share in the South Australian operation back to Genesee & Wyoming Inc for $15 million (A$22 million). The operation was rebranded Genesee & Wyoming Australia.

Also in 2006, Genesee & Wyoming elected to write off most of the value of its Bolivian operation, on fears that the Bolivian government would soon nationalize privately held railroads there. Genesee & Wyoming remains an investor in Empresa Ferroviaria Oriental, S.A.

In June 2010 Genesee & Wyoming, through a subsidiary holding company, paid A$334 million to acquire the operational rights to and the leasehold of the Tarcoola to Darwin Railway from the Asia Pacific Transport Consortium, and the operational rolling stock of FreightLink. This 1,400 miles (2,300 km) rail line was the longest the company has leased.

On 2 August 2011, Genesee & Wyoming announced that it planned to purchase the Arizona Eastern Railway from Iowa Pacific Holdings for $90.1 million, with the deal expected to be completed by the end of the year. The deal was closed on 1 September 2011.

On July 23, 2012, Genesee & Wyoming agreed to purchase RailAmerica Inc. (RA), the short-line railroad holding company controlled by Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG), for $1.39 billion to combine North America’s two largest short-line and regional rail operators.

On February 24, 2015, Genesee & Wyoming announced that it has agreed to acquire approximately 95% of the shares of Freightliner Group Limited.

On August 15, 2016, Genesee & Wyoming announced that intended to acquire the Providence & Worcester Railroad, which operates in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, for $126 million. The deal was approved by Providence & Worcester shareholders in October, and the Surface Transportation Board approved the acquisition in December.

On February 7, 2017, Genesee & Wyoming announced that it had reached an agreement to purchase the Heart of Georgia Railroad, subject to regulatory approval.

Subsidiaries and holdings
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. owns controlling interests in 122 freight railroads, either directly or through subsidiaries, which are organized into 11 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), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., provides industrial switching and related customer logistics services. Rail Link, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, serves industrial customers at 30 locations in 11 states and operates 26 short line railroads (including the Commonwealth Railway, and Yorkrail). Rail Link railroads serve 10 major U.S. ports.

List of railroads owned by Genesee & Wyoming in North America

Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway

Reporting Mark: AGR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 283 mi (455 km)

Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad 

Reporting Mark: AOR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 6 mi (9.7 km)

AN Railway

Reporting Mark:  AN
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 96 mi (154 km)

Arizona and California Railroad 

Reporting Mark: ARZC
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 190 mi (310 km)

Arizona Eastern Railway

Reporting Mark: AZER
Class III
Acquired - 2011
Trackage: 200 mi (320 km)

Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi Railroad

Reporting Mark: ALM
Class III
Acquired - 2003
Trackage: 53 mi (85 km)

Arkansas Midland Railroad 

Reporting Mark: AKMD
Class III
Acquired - 2015
Trackage: 126 mi (203 km)

Atlantic and Western Railway

Reporting Mark: ATW
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 10 mi (16 km)

Bauxite and Northern Railway

Reporting Mark: BXN
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 5 mi (8.0 km)

Bay Line Railroad 

Reporting Mark: BAYL
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 108 mi (174 km)

Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad

Reporting Mark: BPRR
Class II
Founded - 1988
Trackage: 368 mi (592 km)
Notes: Operates Allegheny and Eastern Railroad, Pittsburg and Shawmut Railroad.

California Northern Railroad

Reporting Mark: CFNR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 210 mi (340 km)

Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway

Reporting Mark: CBNS
Class III
Acquired - 2012 
Trackage: 242 mi (389 km)

Carolina Piedmont Railroad 

Reporting Mark: CPDR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 28 mi (45 km)

Cascade and Columbia River Railroad

Reporting Mark: CSCD
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 131 mi (211 km)

Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad 

Reporting Mark: CORP
Class II
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 305 mi (491 km)

Central Railroad of Indiana

Reporting Mark: CIND
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 82 mi (132 km)

Central Railroad of Indianapolis

Reporting Mark: CERA
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 62 mi (100 km)

CG Railway

Reporting Mark: CGR
Class III
Acquired - 2017
Trackage: 

Chattahoochee Bay Railroad

Reporting Mark: CHAT
Class III
Acquired - 2006
Trackage: 26 mi (42 km) 

Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad 

Reporting Mark: CIRR
Class III
Founded - 2003
Trackage: 15 mi (24 km)

Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway

Reporting Mark: CCKY
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 49 mi (79 km)

Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad

Reporting Mark: CA
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 68 mi (109 km)

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad

Reporting Mark: CFE
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 281 mi (452 km)

Columbus and Chattahoochee Railroad

Reporting Mark: CCH
Class III
Founded - 2012
Trackage: 26 mi (42 km)

Columbus and Greenville Railway

Reporting Mark: CAGY
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 151 mi (243 km)

Columbus and Ohio River Railroad

Reporting Mark: CUOH
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 247 mi (398 km)

Commonwealth Railway

Reporting Mark: CWRY
Class III
Acquired - 1996
Trackage: 24 mi (39 km)

Conecuh Valley Railroad 

Reporting Mark: COEH
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 13 mi (21 km)

Connecticut Southern Railroad

Reporting Mark: CSO
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 23 mi (37 km)

Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: CCPN
Class III
Founded - 1997
Trackage: 42 mi (68 km)

Dallas, Garland and Northeastern Railroad

Reporting Mark: DGNO
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 168 mi (270 km)

East Tennessee Railway

Reporting Mark: ETRY
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 4 mi (6.4 km)

Eastern Alabama Railway

Reporting Mark: EARY
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 26 mi (42 km)

First Coast Railroad

Reporting Mark: FCRD
Class III
Founded - 2005
Trackage: 32 mi (51 km)

Fordyce and Princeton Railroad

Reporting Mark: FP
Class III
Acquired - 2003
Trackage: 57 mi (92 km)

Galveston Railroad

Reporting Mark: GVSR
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 39 mi (63 km)

Georgia Central Railway

Reporting Mark: GC
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 171 mi (275 km)

Georgia Southwestern Railroad

Reporting Mark: GSWR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 231 mi (372 km)

Goderich–Exeter Railway

Reporting Mark: GEXR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 184 mi (296 km)

Golden Isles Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: GITM
Class III
Founded - 1998
Trackage: 13 mi (21 km)

Golden Isles Terminal Wharf

Reporting Mark: GITW
Class III
Founded - 2004
Trackage: 6 mi (9.7 km)

Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad

Reporting Mark: GR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 22 mi (35 km)

Heart of Georgia Railroad

Reporting Mark: HOG
Class III
Acquired - 2017
Trackage: 219 mi (352 km)

Hilton and Albany Railroad

Reporting Mark: HAL
Class III
Founded - 2011
Trackage: 56 mi (90 km)

Huron and Eastern Railway

Reporting Mark: HESR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 320 mi (510 km)

Huron Central Railway

Reporting Mark: HCRY
Class III
Founded - 1997
Trackage: 173 mi (278 km)

Illinois and Midland Railroad

Reporting Mark: IMRR
Class III
Founded - 1996
Trackage: 97 mi (156 km)

Indiana and Ohio Railway

Reporting Mark: IORY
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 469 mi (755 km)

Indiana Southern Railroad

Reporting Mark: ISRR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 166 mi (267 km)

Kentucky West Tennessee Railway

Reporting Mark: KWT
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 69 mi (111 km)

Kiamichi Railroad

Reporting Mark: KRR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 231 mi (372 km)

Knob Lake and Timmins Railway

Reporting Mark: KLT
Class III
Founded - 2015
Trackage: 13 mi (21 km)

Kyle Railroad

Reporting Mark: KYLE
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 505 mi (813 km)

Little Rock and Western Railway

Reporting Mark: LRWN
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 79 mi (127 km)

Louisiana and Delta Railroad

Reporting Mark: LDRR
Class III
Founded - 1987
Trackage: 86 mi (138 km)

Luxapalila Valley Railroad

Reporting Mark: LXVR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 34 mi (55 km)

Mahoning Valley Railway

Reporting Mark: MVRY
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 6 mi (9.7 km)

Marquette Rail

Reporting Mark: MQT
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 126 mi (203 km)

Maryland Midland Railway

Reporting Mark: MMID
Class III
Acquired - 2007
Trackage: 70 mi (110 km)

Massena Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: MSTR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 3 mi (4.8 km)

Meridian and Bigbee Railroad

Reporting Mark: MNBR
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 147 mi (237 km)

Michigan Shore Railroad

Reporting Mark: MSTR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 4 mi (6.4 km)

Mid-Michigan Railroad

Reporting Mark: MMRR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 87 mi (140 km)

Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad

Reporting Mark: MNA
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 483 mi (777 km)

New England Central Railroad

Reporting Mark: NECR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 324 mi (521 km)

North Carolina and Virginia Railroad

Reporting Mark: NCVA
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 53 mi (85 km)

Ohio Central Railroad System

Reporting Mark: OHCR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 70 mi (110 km)

Ohio Southern Railroad

Reporting Mark: OSRR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 18 mi (29 km)

Olympia and Belmore Railroad

Reporting Mark: OYLO
Class III
Acquired - 2016
Trackage: 12 mi (19 km)

Ottawa Valley Railway

Reporting Mark: OVR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 157 mi (253 km)

Otter Tail Valley Railroad

Reporting Mark: OTVR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 54 mi (87 km)

Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad

Reporting Mark: POHC
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 35 mi (56 km)

Point Comfort and Northern Railway

Reporting Mark: PCN
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 14 mi (23 km)

Portland and Western Railroad

Reporting Mark: PNWR
Class III
Founded - 1995
Trackage: 288 mi (463 km)
Notes: Operates Willamette and Pacific Railroad.

Prescott and Northwestern Railroad

Reporting Mark: PNW
Class III
Acquired - 2015
Trackage: 6 mi (9.7 km)

Providence and Worcester Railroad

Reporting Mark: PWRR
Class II
Acquired - 2016
Trackage: 163 mi (262 km)

Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad

Reporting Mark: PSAP
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 135 mi (217 km)

Quebec Gatineau Railway

Reporting Mark: QGRY
Class III
Founded - 1997
Trackage: 301 mi (484 km)
Notes: Lessee of Mirabel Railway.

Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad

Reporting Mark: RCPE
Class II
Founded - 2014
Trackage: 651 mi (1,048 km)
Notes: Purchased for $210 million from Canadian Pacific Railway.

Riceboro Southern Railway

Reporting Mark: RSOR
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 18 mi (29 km)

Rochester and Southern Railroad

Reporting Mark: RSR
Class III
Founded - 1986
Trackage: 58 mi (93 km)
Notes: Operates original Genesee and Wyoming Railroad and Dansville and Mount Morris Railroad.

Rockdale, Sandow and Southern Railroad

Reporting Mark: RSS
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 4 mi (6.4 km)

St-Laurent et Atlantique Railroad

Reporting Mark: SLQ
Class III
Acquired - 2002
Trackage: 95 mi (153 km)

St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad

Reporting Mark: SLR
Class III
Acquired - 2002
Trackage: 143 mi (230 km)

San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad

Reporting Mark: SDIY
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 1 mi (1.6 km)

San Joaquin Valley Railroad

Reporting Mark: SJVR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 297 mi (478 km)

Savannah Port Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: SAPT
Class III
Founded - 1998
Trackage: 18 mi (29 km)

South Buffalo Railway

Reporting Mark: SB
Class III
Acquired - 2001
Trackage: 54 mi (87 km)

South Carolina Central Railroad

Reporting Mark: SCRF
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 47 mi (76 km)

Southern Ontario Railway

Reporting Mark: SOR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 46 mi (74 km)

Talleyrand Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: TTR
Class III
Acquired - 1996
Trackage: 2 mi (3.2 km)

Tazewell and Peoria Railroad

Reporting Mark: TZPR
Class III
Founded - 2004
Trackage: 24 mi (39 km)
Notes: Lessee of Peoria and Pekin Union Railway

Texas Northeastern Railroad

Reporting Mark: TNER
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 67 mi (108 km)

Three Notch Railroad

Reporting Mark: TNHR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 34 mi (55 km)

Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway

Reporting Mark: TPW
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 207 mi (333 km)

Tomahawk Railway

Reporting Mark: TR
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 6 mi (9.7 km)

Utah Railway

Reporting Mark: UTAH
Class III
Acquired - 2002
Trackage: 41 mi (66 km)
Notes: Operates Salt Lake City Southern Railroad.

Valdosta Railway

Reporting Mark: VR
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 10 mi (16 km)

Ventura County Railroad

Reporting Mark: VCRR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 9 mi (14 km)

Warren and Saline River Railroad

Reporting Mark: WSR
Class III
Acquired - 2015
Trackage: 5 mi (8.0 km)

Warren and Trumbull Railroad

Reporting Mark: WTRM
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 4 mi (6.4 km)

Wellsboro and Corning Railroad

Reporting Mark: WCOR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 35 mi (56 km)

Western Kentucky Railway

Reporting Mark: WKRL
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 0 mi (0 km)

Western Labrador Rail Services

Reporting Mark: WLRS
Class III
Founded - 2010
Trackage: 

Wilmington Terminal Railroad

Reporting Mark: WTRY
Class III
Acquired - 2005
Trackage: 17 mi (27 km)

Wiregrass Central Railroad

Reporting Mark: WGCR
Class III
Acquired - 2012
Trackage: 20 mi (32 km)

York Railway

Reporting Mark: YRC
Class III
Acquired - 2002
Trackage: 42 mi (68 km)

Youngstown and Austintown Railroad 

Reporting Mark: YARR
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 5 mi (8.0 km)

Youngstown Belt Railroad

Reporting Mark: YB
Class III
Acquired - 2008
Trackage: 14 mi (23 km)

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Overview
Type: Public
Traded as NYSE: GWR
S&P 400 Component
Industry: Short line and regional railroad freight
Founder: Edward Laton Fuller
Headquarters: Darien, Connecticut, United States
Area served: United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Key personnel: John C. Hellmann, President and CEO
Revenue: (Increase)  $ 1.639 billion (2014)
Net income: (Decrease)  $ 261.0 million
Official Website:
http://www.gwrr.com/

See also:

Railroads of the U.S.A.