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.
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
Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad
Arizona and California Railroad
Arkansas Midland Railroad
Atlantic and Western Railway
Bauxite and Northern Railway
Bay Line Railroad
California Northern Railroad
Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway
Carolina Piedmont Railroad
Cascade and Columbia River Railroad
Central Railroad of Indiana
Central Railroad of Indianapolis
Chattahoochee Bay Railroad
Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad
Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway
Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad
Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad
Columbus and Chattahoochee Railroad
Columbus and Ohio River Railroad
Conecuh Valley Railroad
Connecticut Southern Railroad
Dallas, Garland and Northeastern Railroad
East Tennessee Railway
Eastern Alabama Railway
First Coast Railroad
Fordyce and Princeton Railroad
Georgia Central Railway
Georgia Southwestern Railroad
Golden Isles Terminal Railroad
Golden Isles Terminal Wharf
Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad
Heart of Georgia Railroad
Hilton and Albany Railroad
Huron and Eastern Railway
Huron Central Railway
Indiana Southern Railroad
Kentucky West Tennessee Railway
Knob Lake and Timmins Railway
Little Rock and Western Railway
Louisiana and Delta Railroad
Luxapalila Valley Railroad
Mahoning Valley Railway
Maryland Midland Railway
Massena Terminal Railroad
Meridian and Bigbee Railroad
Michigan Shore Railroad
New England Central Railroad
North Carolina and Virginia Railroad
Ohio Central Railroad System
Ohio Southern Railroad
Olympia and Belmore Railroad
Ottawa Valley Railway
Otter Tail Valley Railroad
Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad
Point Comfort and Northern Railway
Prescott and Northwestern Railroad
Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad
Quebec Gatineau Railway
Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad
Riceboro Southern Railway
Rochester and Southern Railroad
Rockdale, Sandow and Southern Railroad
St-Laurent et Atlantique Railroad
San Diego and Imperial Valley Railroad
San Joaquin Valley Railroad
Savannah Port Terminal Railroad
South Buffalo Railway
South Carolina Central Railroad
Southern Ontario Railway
Talleyrand Terminal Railroad
Tazewell and Peoria Railroad
Three Notch Railroad
Ventura County Railroad
Warren and Saline River Railroad
Warren and Trumbull Railroad
Wellsboro and Corning Railroad
Western Kentucky Railway
Wilmington Terminal Railroad
Wiregrass Central Railroad
Youngstown and Austintown Railroad
Youngstown Belt Railroad
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Overview
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/
Typical G&W livery on a Huron Central locomotive.
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