Progressive Rail, Inc.
Progressive Rail Inc. (reporting mark PGR) is a shortline railroad operating several separate branches including the Airlake Terminal Railway. The branches are listed as follows:
Airlake Industrial Park (Airlake Terminal Railway) - Lakeville, Minnesota
The "High Line" (a.k.a. Dan Patch Line) - Bloomington, Minnesota, Richfield, Minnesota, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Service begins at Auto Club Yard in Bloomington and serves a variety of industries
Northfield to Lakeville, leased CP Rail trackage
Northfield to Faribault, Minnesota via leased Union Pacific trackage
Northfield to Cannon Falls, Minnesota, with service to the Great Western Industrial Park in Randolph, Minnesota.
Eagandale Industrial line (Eagan, Minnesota) via leased CP Rail trackage (former Milwaukee Road)
Progressive Rail also acquired the Wisconsin Northern Division in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and operates as a separately-named division. They also own the Central Midland Railway in Missouri, the Iowa Traction Railway in Iowa, the Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad in Illinois, and the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad in California. Progressive Rail is also known as the Cannon Valley Railroad (reporting mark CVRC).
Headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota (a southern suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul), Progressive Rail, Inc. was established in 1996 to initially serve the Airlake Industrial Park. In 2001, they leased the former Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway "High Line" in Bloomington and Richfield and started restoring trackage. The company's philosophy has been to provide service that a large railway chooses not to provide. They have also focused on economic development, including finding new customers, and working on regaining former rail customers along their lines. This strategy has paid off in an increase in traffic, from 600 carloads in their first year of operation to more than 5000 carloads in 2003.
Major commodities include:
food and kindred products
Progressive Rail, Inc. also operates wholly owned subsidiary Progressive Rail Specialized Logistics, which provides rail logistics services for machinery and over-dimensional freight shippers.
Progressive Rail, Inc. Overview
Reporting mark: PGR
Locale: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri
Dates of operation: 1996–present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Lakeville, Minnesota
Official Website: Progressive Rail, Inc.
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Progressive Rail train in Northfield, Minnesota.
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A map of the PGR system. (Click image for larger view)
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