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Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. has grown into the largest family of short line railroads across the United States and now also owns a number of such systems internationally as well.  The company has a long history in the industry dating back to the 19th century although it did not begin blossoming into the mammoth operation it is today until the 1980s.  The G&W today owns more than 100 railroads across five different countries with trackage totaling more than 15,000 miles.  If you are looking for a job/career with Genesee & Wyoming please visit their website for further information

The history of G&W's current operations began humbly as a small short line by the same name, the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad.  This little system was based in Western New York, south of Rochester and began as the Genesee & Wyoming Valley Railway.  The G&WV was incorporated in 1891 and eventually opened from Retsof to a location known as P&L Junction near Caledonia in 1894, a distance of about 14 miles.  While only a small town, Caledonia was a mecca of railroads until the mid-20th century with several through routes, providing the G&WV with three different major interchange connections including the Lehigh Valley; Erie Railroad; and Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (after 1932 the BR&P became a wholly owned subsidiary of trunk line Baltimore & Ohio).  In addition, the mighty New York Central also passed through town.

With freight traffic never materializing as hoped the G&WV fell into bankruptcy in November of 1898 and was reorganized as the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad (reporting mark GNWR), incorporated on March 24, 1899.  The new G&W was owned by Edward Laton Fuller and began serving a massive salt mine near Retsof, owned by the International Salt Corporation.  The mine was, for many years, the largest producer of rock salt in the world and the G&W's largest customer.  As it turns out salt remained the railroad's primary source of traffic throughout the 1970s and even today it continues to handle large quantities of the mineral.  Little changed for the G&W over the years until Mortimer B. Fuller III, great grandson of Edward, acquired control of the short line in 1977. 

Following this changing of the guard the operation took a much different direction and exploded into the multi-billion dollar, multi-national conglomerate it is today.  Once Fuller III gained control he soon formed Genesee & Wyoming Industries, of which the railroad division became a subsidiary.  Then, the new company entered the rail car leasing and management business, initially focusing specifically on covered hoppers used in handling salt.  In 1980 the railroad industry was greatly deregulated, offering the large Class I's much more flexibility in shedding unprofitable or unwanted routes.  This allowed G&W to acquired the former B&O/BR&P's Rochester Branch in 1986, spun-off by Chessie System/CSX that year.  Today, this particular segment is operated by subsidiary Rochester & Southern Railroad, which also owns the original Genesee & Wyoming.

Over the next decade G&W continued acquiring small systems (some of which were not secondary branches of larger systems but historic short lines) including the Dansville & Mount Morris Railroad (1985); Rochester & Southern (1986); Louisiana & Delta (1987); Buffalo & Pittsburgh (1988); Allegheny & Eastern and Bradford Industrial Rail (1992); Willamette & Pacific (1993); Portland & Western (1995); and Illinois & Midland/Pittsburg & Shawmut/Rail Link, Inc. all in 1996.  After 1997 the company's acquisitions went international taking over the Australia Southern Railroad along with the Huron Central Railway and Quebec Gatineau Railway in Canada.  Between 2001 and 2012 G&W's list of new subsidiaries was dizzying as nearly every year one or more subsidiaries joined its family of short lines.

Railroads Of The Genesee & Wyoming Family


Genesee & Wyoming Australia

United Kingdom/Britain/Europe


Rotterdam Rail Feeding

North America

Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway

Aliquippa & Ohio River Railroad

AN Railway

Arizona & California Railroad

Arizona Eastern Railway

Arkansas Louisiana & Mississippi Railroad

Arkansas Louisiana & Mississippi Railroad

Arkansas Midland Railroad

Atlantic & Western Railway

Bauxite & Northern Railway

Bay Line Railroad

Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad

California Northern Railroad

Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

Cascade & Columbia River Railroad

Carolina Piedmont Railroad

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad

Central Railroad of Indiana

Central Railroad of Indianapolis

Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad

Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway

Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad

Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad

Columbus & Chattahoochee Railroad

Columbus & Greenville Railway

Columbus & Ohio River Rail Road

Commonwealth Railway

Commonwealth Railway

Conecuh Valley Railroad

Connecticut Southern Railroad

Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad

Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad

East Tennessee Railway

Eastern Alabama Railway

First Coast Railroad

Fordyce & Princeton Railroad

Galveston Railroad

Georgia Central Railway

Georgia Southwestern Railroad

Goderich-Exeter Railway

Golden Isles Terminal Railroad

Golden Isles Terminal Wharf

Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad

Hilton & Albany Railroad

Huron & Eastern Railway

Huron Central Railway

Huron Central Railway

Illinois & Midland Railroad

Indiana & Ohio Railway

Indiana Southern Railroad

Indiana Southern Railroad

Kentucky West Tennessee Railway

Kentucky West Tennessee Railway

Kiamichi Railroad

Knob Lake & Timmins Railway

Kyle Railroad

Little Rock & Western Railway

Louisiana & Delta Railroad

Luxapalila Valley Railroad

Mahoning Valley Railway

Mahoning Valley Railway

Marquette Rail

Maryland Midland Railway

Massena Terminal Railroad

Meridian & Bigbee Railroad

Michigan Shore Railroad

Mid-Michigan Railroad

Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad

New England Central Railroad

North Carolina & Virginia Railroad

Ohio Central Railroad

Ohio Southern Railroad

Olympia & Belmore Railroad

Ottawa Valley Railway

Otter Tail Valley Railroad

Pittsburgh & Ohio Central Railroad

Point Comfort & Northern Railway

Portland & Western Railroad

Prescott & Northwestern Railroad

Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad

Quebec Gatineau Railway

Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad

Riceboro Southern Railway

Rochester & Southern Railroad

Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad

San Joaquin Valley Railroad

San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad

Savannah Port Terminal Railroad

outh Carolina Central Railroad

Southern Ontario Railway

St-Laurent & Atlantique Railroad

St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad

Talleyrand Terminal Railroad

Tazewell & Peoria Railroad

Texas Northeastern Railroad

Three Notch Railroad

Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway

Tomahawk Railway

Utah Railway

Valdosta Railway

Ventura County Railroad

Warren & Trumbull Railroad

Warren & Saline River Railroad

Warren & Saline River Railroad

Wellsboro & Corning Railroad

Wellsboro & Corning Railroad

Western Labrador Rail Services

Wilmington Terminal Railroad

Wiregrass Central Railroad

York Railway

Youngstown Belt Railroad

Youngstown & Austintown Railroad

Youngstown & Austintown Railroad

On July 23, 2012, Genesee & Wyoming purchased  RailAmerica Inc., then controlled by Fortress Investment Group LLC, for $1.39 billion.  RA, founded in 1986 was once the largest such short line operation in the country.  Its subsidiaries ranged from the Arizona & California to the New England Central, totaling more than 40 railroads with over 8,000 miles of track in service.  The RA, itself, was a conglomerate of sorts growing partially through the acquisition of smaller short line holding companies which sprang up after the 1980 deregulation (such as RailTex and ParkSierra).  Today, Genesee & Wyoming shows no signs of slowing down.  In early 2016 the company announced the launch of yet another new short line, the Olympia & Belmore Railroad serving eastern Washington.

The G&W's American operations have become so large it somewhat functions like a large Class I albeit without through routes to major cities (however, it nearly has acheived through service from Buffalo to Cincinnati).  There are currently 10 different regions in North America including the Pacific, Mountain West, Central, Coast, Southern, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Coastal, Northeast, and Canada.  In addition, its Europe Region provides service via three different lines (each in separate countries) and Australia includes "Genesee & Wyoming Australia" and "Freightliner Australia."  Because of the company's far reaching scope, size, and international presence, today it offers a wide range of jobs and careers to choose from.  If you are interested in working for the company please visit their website to learn more.

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