For many years the BA&P was electrified and had connections with the Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road. However, in 1967 the electrification ended and the Milwaukee left to in 1980. Today, the BA&P still operates much of its original 26-mile route with traffic including acids, copper concentrates, electrical transformers, industrial products, LPG, and more totaling over 10,000 carloads annually. It also continues to use its original 20-stall roundhouse, wheel shop, and machine shop in West Anaconda. Beyond 2007, Patriot Rail acquired the Utah Central Railway in early 2008 and the historic Louisiana & North West later that year. The UC operates 34 miles of leased trackage in the Odgen area with connections to both Union Pacific and BNSF Railway. Its current traffic base includes agricultural products, asphalt, chemicals, crude oil, animal feed, and more.
Later that summer the L&NW was added to the family, a Southern short line whose history began in the timber industry. It is currently 68 miles in length connection McNeil, Arkansas with Gibsland, Louisiana. Today, its traffic still includes wood products along with chemicals, steel, and plastics. During 2009 Patriot Rail launched the Temple & Central Texas Railway; located at Temple the system utilizes over 10 miles of track where it largely serves the Central Pointe Rail Park containing more than 50 businesses. In 2010 the state of North Carolina awarded Patriot Rail the contract to serve a segment of the rebuilt Piedmont & Northern between Gastonia and Mount Holly (13 miles). After five years the contract was awarded to Iowa Pacific in 2015, another short line family.
Despite this setback 2010 also witnessed the major acquisition of five former Weyerhaeuser short lines including the Golden Triangle Railroad (a 13.3-mile property located in Mississippi), the closed Mississippi & Skuna Valley (scrapped in 2011), Columbia & Cowlitz (an 8.5-mile switching/terminal carrier located in Longview, Washinton), Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad (also located near Longview its 30-miles of trackage was mothballed in 2015), and the historic De Queen & Eastern connecting Valiant, Oklahoma with Perkins, Arkansas. The DQ&E is notable as for many years being a privately owned system with a history of freight based in the timber industry. Today, its traffic consists of pulpboard, plywood chips, corn, stone, paper, soybeans and chemicals with carloads totaling more than 30,000 miles.
While Patriot Rail diversified over the years into other fields such as contract switching, transload services, rail car repair and storage, and real estate/business development the above mentioned properties constitute the bulk of its short line family. In 2012 the company was sold to SteelRiver, at the time owning or operating 13 railroads scattered across 13 states. Since then no additional railroads have been acquired and it is unknown if this will ever occur following the previous ownership's flurry of additions between only 2006 and 2010. If you are looking for a job or career with Patriot Rail please visit their website for information about employment and potential openings.