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Transportation Company - Carolina Piedmont - Railroad
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Company NameCarolina Piedmont
Company Web SiteLink
Year Founded1990
Successor/ParentGenesee & Wyoming (Details)
Source of TextBluford Shops
Text Credit URLLink
Transportation Company - Carolina Piedmont - Railroad

Company History: The CPDR was established in 1990 by RailTex (succceded by RailAmerica and then Genessee & Wyoming) to take over operation of the 34 mile former Charleston & Western Carolina Railway route between Greenville and Laurens, South Carolina from CSX. Traffic includes chemicals, food products, forest products, gas turbines, and wind turbines (a large General Electric plant is on the line in Greenville.) The CPDR handles around 110 cars in a typical week. CPDR’s blue and sherbet-orange livery from the RailTex years was voted the Third Worst Locomotive Paint Scheme in North America by the readers of Railroad of the Day.
Successor/Parent History:
Known today as the largest of the shortline holding companies, Genesee & Wyoming began as a shortline by that name in 1899 with a 15 mile line between Retsof and Caledonia, New York, just south of Rochester. In 1982, they extended southward to Greigsville by buying a former Lackawanna line from Conrail. In 1985, another purchase extended their reach north to Rochester and southwest to Silver Springs. This brought the mileage up to about 90. The Wyoming in the name is a reference to the Wyoming Valley.

In 1977, the railroad set up Genesee & Wyoming Inc. as a parent company. In 1985, they began to buy other shortlines and launch new ones as various Class One routes came up for sale or lease. Each of these lines operates under their own names but share the orange, yellow and black GNWR paint scheme, variations of which have been used by GNWR for decades. The logos of these related lines also use the GNWR style but with different wording and the occasional personalized element.

As of this writing, the Genesee & Wyoming family includes 121 shortline and regional railroads spread across North America, Europe and Australia. As of 2019, G&W became a subsidiary of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. G&W has also bought other shortline groups, notably Rail Link in 1996, Summit View (the Ohio Central System) in 2008, Rail Management in 2005,.CAGY Industries in 2008, and largest of all RailAmerica in 2012.

Ironically, the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad was merged into the Rochester & Southern in 2003. The GNWR exists as a paper railroad but the logos on the diesels patrolling the old GNWR now say Rochester & Southern or the neighboring Buffalo & Pittsburgh.
Item created by: gdm on 2023-09-21 10:01:13. Last edited by gdm on 2023-09-21 10:03:07

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