Leading Shortline Railroad Transportation Company
Patriot Rail Company LLC (Patriot Rail) is a leading short line and regional freight railroad holding company based in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.
The Company is led by an exceptional management team comprised of senior managers from the Class I, short line and regional railroad sectors who collectively possess more than 300 years of railroad experience. The management team has successfully acquired and operated railroads in the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile and Argentina.
Patriot Rail’s mission is to acquire and operate short line and regional freight railroads in North America which will enable it to work with local rail management teams to provide customers with first class transportation solutions focused on safety, enhanced service and increased reliability.
Patriot Rail currently owns and operates 13 short line freight railroads comprising approximately 500 total rail miles in 13 states — 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; and the Piedmont & Northen Railway in North Carolina; the DeQueen & Eastern Railroad in Arkansas; the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad in Oklahoma; the Golden Triangle Railroad in Mississippi; the Columbia & Cowlitz Railway in Washington; Patriot Woods Railroad in Washington; and the Kingman Terminal Railroad in Arizona.
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.
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.
The management team intends to continue to grow Patriot Rail through additional railroad industry related acquisitions in North America. Providing customized transportation solutions in a safe and cost efficient manner is the goal of all the employees of Patriot Rail. Investing in customers, employees, and the communities we serve is the Patriot Rail way.