Patriot Rail Company LLC (Patriot Rail) is a leading operator of 500 miles of short line railroads and railcar repair facilities in 14 states across the U.S servicing a diversified customer base including the chemical, mineral, forest products, timber, paper, manufacturing, grain and foodstuffs industries. Patriot partners with Class I railroads, transloaders (who transfer shipments from one mode of transportation to another) and railroad service providers to bring its customers customized freight transportation solutions, including freight haulage, railcar switching, repair, cleaning and storage; locomotive repair and switching; track and rail shop leasing; and construction.
In June 2012, Patriot Rail was acquired by SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners (SteelRiver). SteelRiver is an independent investment management firm that invests in core infrastructure assets for the long term, seeking out businesses that provide essential services necessary for human existence with stable cash flows and regulated characteristics. SteelRiver’s long term approach to infrastructure investing is characterized by a significant emphasis on value added through a dedicated in-house asset management staff and experienced infrastructure investment professionals.
The mission of Patriot Rail is to grow shareholder value by selectively investing in railroad industry related properties throughout North America. Patriot Rail’s management team forms strong partnerships with the customers, communities and employees where its railroads are situated. Our goal is to provide customers with a first class transportation solution focused on safety, customer service, greater productivity, improved service reliability and targeted capital investment.
Patriot Rail’s 13 short line freight railroads include: the Tennessee Southern Railroad in Tennessee and Alabama; the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway in Montana; the Utah Central Railway in Utah; the Sacramento Valley Railroad in California; the Louisiana and North West Railroad in Louisiana and Arkansas; the Temple & Central Texas Railway in Texas; the Piedmont & Northern Railway in North Carolina.
In December 2013, Patriot Rail acquired the assets of a railcar repair and cleaning service provider located in Central Virginia (Keysville). The new railcar facility will operate under its new name, Blue Ridge Railcar Repair LLC (Blue Ridge).
The Blue Ridge facility is located in Keysville, Virginia, 16 miles from the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) interchange via the Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB). The shop is an M-1003 AAR certified railcar repair facility with 21 acres of land, paint and blast capabilities, and 11,000 feet of track capacity which allows for up to 130 “repair in progress” cars to be stored at any given time. Blue Ridge will repair, clean, and paint a wide array of railcar types including boxcars, hoppers, gondolas, and flatcars.