Allegheny & Great Lakes Railway

AAR Reporting Marks: AGL

Company President: J. Wallace

Principal Mainlines: The principal mainline of the Allegheny & Great Lakes runs between terminals in Chicago IL, and the Greater Metropolitan New York area. Other lines to Boston MA, and Philadelphia PA in the Northeast, as well as Atlanta GA, Norfolk VA, and Memphis TN in the Southern states. Terminals in Toledo OH, Detroit MI, and Toronto ON are connected to the system via AGL's International Division. Allegheny & Great Lakes also serves intermediate cities along the line including Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Albany, Baltimore, Washington and Nashville. Allegheny & Great Lakes also serves Toledo, Detroit, and Toronto via its International Division.

Interchange Points: Chicago IL, St. Louis MO, Memphis TN and Detroit MI.

Traffic Mix: AGL provides expedited intermodal services between all major terminals on-line with connections to all Western railroads. AGL handles bulk commodities in dedicated unit trains for such commodities as coal and grain. Carload services are also offered for all other commodities.


"Allegheny & Great Lakes Railway" Copyright Joe Wallace. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Buckeye Central Railway

AAR Reporting Marks: BC

Company President: C. Zickefoose

Principal Mainlines: The Buckeye Central main line runs from Columbus OH and Detroit MI, to Chicago IL. Secondary lines extend to Toledo and Willard OH. Major terminals include Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Toledo OH, and Columbus OH.

Interchange Points: Chicago IL, and Detroit MI.

Traffic Mix: The BC focuses primarily on automotive traffic (finished automobiles and automobile parts), as well as grain, ethanol, coal, and general freight. BC is also a partner in Triple Crown Roadrailer service to on-line terminals. Intermodal terminals are located at Chicago IL, Columbus OH, and Detroit MI. Buckeye Central also handles Columbus-Chicago Roadrailer trains for Triple Crown Service.

For more information on the Buckeye Central Railway, visit their website.


"Buckeye Central Railway" Copyright Chase Zickefoose. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Chicago & Lake Michigan Railway

AAR Reporting Marks: CLM

Company President: M. Stewart

Principal Mainlines: The railway consists of a trunk line running from Chicago IL, around the southern tip of Lake Michigan, through the western portion of Michigan and terminating in Traverse City MI. Operations are handled by the railway's well maintained fleet of rebuilt vintage diesel locomotives.

Interchange Points: Chicago IL.

Traffic Mix: The Chicago & Lake Michigan hauls agricultural products, fertilizer, chemicals, cement, sand and forestry products, as well as manufactured goods from online customers to various interchange points with other railroads along its route.


"Chicago & Lake Michigan" Copyright Max Stewart. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Decatur Terminal Railroad

AAR Reporting Marks: DT

Company President: D. Greenberg

Principal Mainlines: The railroad provides all local switching in and around Decatur and also operates over 2 key branch lines. The Peoria District (Trains 200 / 202) which is the 75-mile former Pennsy Secondary (Maroa to Peoria) that was last actively used by the Illinois Terminal (N&W) and the 42-mile Bloomington District (Trains 201 / 203) that was formerly the Illinois Central Gulf's Clinton & Amboy Districts. The Decatur Terminal interchanges with the Norfolk Southern, Canadian National, CSX and the Decatur Junction at Decatur. In Peoria, interchange take place with the Tazewell & Peoria, Union Pacific, Toledo Peoria & Western, BNSF and Illinois Midland. In Bloomington, with the Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific.

The DT uses much of the former Decatur area Illinois Terminal trackage with its engine facility and modern locomotive shop located at the former IT Storeroom yard along Faries Parkway adJAcent to the ADM car repair facility. It also utilizes the former CN 27th Street yard as its principal classification yard. A 35-acre multi use transload facility was recently opened at the East end of the yard along Brush College Road. Pioneer RailCorp's Decatur Junction railroad has trackage rights over both the DT and Canadian National through Decatur operating between Assumption and Cisco, Illinois. The Canadian National excercises trackage rights over the Decatur Terminal for the delivery of coal directly to the ADM East Plant.

Interchange Points: Bloomington IL, Decatur IL, and Peoria IL.

Traffic Mix: Today's Decatur Terminal transports agricultural products, grain, corn syrup, fertilizer, chemicals, mining and construction vehicles, scrap metal and construction materials. Depending on traffic levels, railcar storage can also be provided. The largest customers which are located in Decatur are Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Tate & Lyle (AE Staley) and Caterpillar.


"Decatur Terminal Railroad" Copyright David Greenberg. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Great Lakes Eastern Railroad

AAR Reporting Marks: GLE, GLEU, GLER, GLLX

Company President: K. Burkholder

Principal Mainlines: The GLE mainline stretches from St. Louis MO and Chicago IL at its western end to major urban centres in the Northeast including Baltimore MD, Philadelphia PA, New York NY, Boston MA, Montreal QC and Quebec City QC. Major terminals between these end points include Detroit MI, Cincinnati OH, Pittsburgh PA, Buffalo NY and Albany NY.

Interchange Points: Chicago IL, and St. Louis MO.

Traffic Mix: Great Lakes Eastern handles unit coal trains to online power plants, lumber and paper products from the Northeast region, and export grain to Atlantic ports. GLE also runs dedicated intermodal service between all major terminals as well as western connections through Chicago IL, and St. Louis MO. Other commodities include bulk cement shipments, chemicals, and various carload traffic.

For more information on the Great Lakes Eastern Railroad, visit their website.


"Great Lakes Eastern Railroad" Copyright Kevin Burkholder. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Greater Pacific Railroad

AAR Reporting Marks: GP

Company President: G. Williams

Principal Mainlines: The GP services the states and provinces of Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona through its North-South oriented mainline and secondary routes throughout the western portion of Canada and the United States.

Interchange Points: Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, Portland OR, Salt Lake City UT, Phoenix AZ, and Los Angeles CA.

Traffic Mix: The Greater Pacific's core business is hauling Powder River Basin coal, lumber and paper products from the Pacific Northwest and grain from eastern Washington State. Other commodities hauled by GP include produce from California and Washington, as well as auto parts and finished vehicles. Dedicated intermodal service between Los Angeles and Vancouver BC is also provided. Carload service for shippers large and small is also offered.

For more information on the Greater Pacific Railroad, visit their website.


"Greater Pacific Railroad" Copyright Gary Williams. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Intermountain Rail System

AAR Reporting Marks: IRS

Company President: A. Meeks

Principal Mainlines: The IMRS main line runs from Calgary, Alberta, to North Vancouver British Columbia. Secondary lines extend throughout south-central BC and into the US Pacific Northwest. Major terminals include Calgary AB, Lethbridge AB, (through subsidiary carrier Southern Alberta Railway & Irrigation Company) Revelstoke BC, Lodgepole BC, Linden BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC, Kelowna BC, Vancouver BC, North Vancouver BC, Shelby MT, Great Falls MT, Helena MT, and Spokane WA.

Interchange Points: Vancouver BC, Spokane WA, and Shelby MT.

Traffic Mix: The IMRS focuses primarily on heavy-haul bulk commodities, but also handles carload freight and some intermodal traffic. Intermodal terminals are located at Vancouver, Kamloops, Linden, Calgary, Lethbridge, Helena, and Spokane. Bulk commodities handled include grain, coal, molten sulphur, ethylene glycol, and ethanol. The IMRS also handles Calgary-Vancouver haulage trains for CPR, including grain, solid export sulphur, and potash. Primary carload commodities include forest products (wood chips, logs, and finished lumber) and concrete and aggregates.

For more information on the Intermountain Rail System, visit their website.


"Intermountain Rail System" Copyright Adam Meeks. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Natchez Trace & Orient Railway / Texas & Great Northern

AAR Reporting Marks: NTO / TGN

Company President: C.M. Palmieri

Principal Mainlines: The Meridian Speedway is comprised of two Proto-Freelanced Class I railroads, the Natchez Trace and Orient Railway and the Texas and Great Northern Railway. These railroads are part of an expansion by the Georgia Pacific Transportation Department and locomotives wear a version of GP's classic "Tedder Green" paint scheme. The primary route of the NT&O is East/West from Meridian, MS to the Mexican border at Presidio, TX. There is also a mainline from Nashville, TN which connects with the primary route at Vicksburg, MS. The primary route of the T&GN is North/South from Tulsa, OK to Houston/Beaumont, TX. The T&GN and NT&O intersect in the Dallas/Fort Worth complex at Irving, TX where there is a major hump yard.

Interchange Points: Tulsa OK, Dallas TX, Fort Worth TX, Houston TX, and Shreveport LA.

Traffic Mix: The initial purpose for Georgia Pacific's involvement in this railroad was to secure rail transportation for the paper industry in East Texas, North Louisiana, and Central Mississippi. As a result there is a large mix of pulpwood, woodchip, lumber, and finished paper products in the manifest and local network. In addition, capitalizing on NAFTA, the railroad is a primary artery for all commodities shipped to/from the Eastern and Southern US to Mexico. Manifest, Auto, Grain, and Coal are the core commodities shipped in this lane. There are also several domestic power plants, ethanol and grain terminals, and well as export grain and coal shipments in unit trains to several ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, including Gulfport, MS, Beaumont, TX, and Houston, TX. Via connection with the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad at Vicksburg, MS, trains of the Meridian Speedway have access to port/transfer facilities at Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA; Reserve, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; and Natchez, MS. The Meridian Speedway also serves high priority bridge traffic for intermodal trains operating between the west coast (ATSF and SP) and the southeast (NS & CSX).

For more information on the Natchez Trace & Orient Railway / Texas & Great Northern, visit their website.


"Natchez Trace & Orient Railway" Copyright Christopher Palmieri. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

South Penn Railroad

AAR Reporting Marks: SPRR

Company President: C. Zickefoose

Principal Mainlines: The SPRR main line runs from New York City and Philadelphia PA, to Chicago IL (via trackage rights) and St. Louis MO. Secondary lines extend to Detroit MI, Cincinnati OH, and Buffalo NY. Major on-line terminals include St. Louis MO, Indianapolis IN, Toledo OH, Cleveland OH, Cincinnati OH, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, and Buffalo NY.

Interchange Points: Chicago IL (via trackage rights), St. Louis MO, and Detroit MI.

Traffic Mix: The SPRR focuses primarily on intermodal traffic, forwarding containers arriving at East coast ports to interchange partners in Chicago and St. Louis. Intermodal terminals are located at Croxton NJ, Philadephia PA, Buffalo NY, Cleveland OH, Cincinnati OH, Indianapolis IN, Chicago IL, and St. Louis MO. Bulk commodities handled include grain originating in the Midwest, and coal to East Coast ports for export markets.

For more information on the South Penn Railroad, visit their website.


"South Penn Railroad" Copyright Chase Zickefoose. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Southwestern & Southern Railroad

AAR Reporting Marks: SWS

Company President: D. Napoli

Principal Mainlines: The SWS includes a main line connecting San Bernardino CA with Bowie AZ. A second main line, known as the Chicago Service Corridor, running east from Chicago IL through to Michiana MI, is leased from the Chicago & Lake Michigan (CLM).

Interchange Points: San Bernardino CA and Chicago IL.

Traffic Mix: The SWS hauls primarily agricultural products along its routes, as well as having passenger operations on it's Chicago Service Corridor, transporting commuters to and from the Windy City and communities along the south shore of Lake Michigan.


"Southwestern & Southern Railroad" Copyright Dan Napoli. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Susquehanna Valley Lines

AAR Reporting Marks: SVL, SVLN

Company President: S. Urbon

Principal Mainlines: The Susquehanna Valley Lines is a regional railroad that primarily sprung up around the coal industry in east central Pennsylvania. The railroad is based in Philadelphia with its mainline extending west to Erie via Scranton where it splits and a second mainline stretches north to Rochester, NY. In addition, the railroad operates several branch lines throughout its system including to Ithaca, NY and Harrisburg, PA where it interchanges with the Norfolk Southern. Trackage rights agreements extend the Susquehanna's system to New York and Washington DC in addition to west as far as Detroit and Toledo.

Interchange Points: Toledo OH and Detroit MI (via trackage rights).

Traffic Mix: The Susquehanna Valley primarily hauls coal and coal-related products, including fuel oil created from coal; however, some intermodal traffic appears and manifest freights are commonplace as well. The Susquehanna also offers its own daily passenger service departing from Philadelphia and going to Rochester and Erie.


"Susquehanna Valley Lines" Copyright Stephen Urbon. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.

Wisconsin & Midwestern

AAR Reporting Marks: WSMW

Company President: M. Ostertag

Principal Mainlines: The Wisconsin & Midwestern runs from its southern terminus of Milwaukee WI, through Wisconsin and into the Upper Peninsula Region of Michigan.

Interchange Points: Milwaukee WI.

Traffic Mix: WSMW hauls bulk shipments of various minerals from various points on line to its connections in Milwaukee. A large portion of Wisconsin & Midwestern's traffic consists of lumber and paper products from mills in the North, as well as grain from Southern Wisconsin

For more information on Wisconsin & Midwestern, visit their website.


"Wisconsin & Midwestern Railroad" Copyright Michael Ostertag. Artwork has been created with owner's permission.