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Freight Railroading: Growing Our Economy

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Laura McNichol, Watco Companies, provided this preservation on the role of short line and regional rail in the U.S. freight network during the webinar "Access versus Isolation."

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Freight Railroading: Growing Our Economy

  1. 1. Freight Railroading “Growing our Economy”
  2. 2. 22 Industry Overview • Seven Class I Railroads in U.S. • BNSF, UP, NS, CSX, KCS, CP and CN • Emphasis on long haul, unit trains and intermodal • Ove 560 regional and short line railroads: Class II and III • Short haul • Most truck competitive • Average length of haul • Class II or regional: 35 miles • Class III or short line: 15
  3. 3. 33 Watco Quick Facts • Largest car repair shop service provider in U.S. • Largest private short line operator in U.S. • 3rd largest industrial contract switching provider • 83 terminal locations • 37 short line railroad companies • 3,900 Railcars and 400+ Locomotives • 40 states served • 5,000 team members
  4. 4. 4 Watco System Map
  5. 5. 5 Watco’s Texas Short Lines Austin Western Railroad (LBWR) Pecos Valley Southern Railway (PVS) Lubbock & Western Railway (LBWR) Texas & New Mexico Railway (TXN) San Antonio Central Railroad (SAC) Timber Rock Railroad (TIBR) Greens Port ―686 Miles ―90,000+ Carloads ―9 Million Tons Annually ―$10M Capex 5 Yr. Spend
  6. 6. 6 → State Programs Opportunities Wisconsin Louisiana Kansas West Virginia Oklahoma Michigan Washington Texas Ohio Pennsylvania North Carolina Mississippi (when funded) → Federal Discretionary Programs TIGER FASTLANE → Telling Our Story Building Relationships Demonstrating Need Economic Data Partnerships – State & Local
  7. 7. 7 Wisconsin – A Success Story Over 800 miles Serving 200 Wisconsin Businesses Diversified Customer Base Over 50% of traffic is Local Grain and Aggregate Portfolio of New Business  $90M in New Customer Investments  700 New Jobs
  8. 8. 8 Preservation Projects on WSOR TRACK & TIES Fox Lake Subdivision Plymouth Subdivision Waukesha Subdivision Watertown Subdivision Class II Track Rehab • 130,000 New Wood Ties • 8 Miles of CWR • $15,000,000 • 106 Miles
  9. 9. 9 Infrastructure Upgrades: CWR Installation
  10. 10. 10 Preservation Bridge Project Before After
  11. 11. 11 Before After Dormant ROW Rehab to Serve New Industry
  12. 12. 12 Any Questions? THANK YOU! Laura A. McNichol VP, Government and Industry Relations LAM@watcocompanies.com 703.472.5642

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