The road operates more than 230 miles of track and handles more than 13,000 carloads annually amongst a wide range of freight.
It has been a G&W property since 2008.: This short line operates about 38 miles of track from Columbus, Mississippi to Belk, Alabama handling forest and waste products.
It was purchased by RA in 2002, which was then acquired by G&W in 2012.
Today, it operates about 31 miles of track carrying limestone, urea, paper and corn syrup, moving more than 15,000 carloads annually.: This large short line is primarily based in western Georgia but also extends into eastern Alabama at Eufaula.
There are also a handful of smaller such companies including Pioneer Rail Corp, Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, Patriot Rail, Pinsly, and Gulf & Ohio.
All of these systems are included in the state-by-state list below along with the independent operations although you can also find out more information about them by visiting their respective parent's website listed above.
In general, short lines tend to provide the most fascinating operations of any railroad.
As local, centrally based companies they are much more down-home in nature, often friendlier (than large Class Is), and are just more fun to watch than the big roads.
The property was formerly Gulf, Mobile & Ohio trackage.: Formerly known as the Jefferson Warrior Railway prior to August 7, 2009, this Watco property operates about 15 miles of track around the Birmingham area.
It is another G&W line with interchange connections including NS, KCS, and Columbus & Greenville.: The historic Meridian & Bigbee has been in service since the 1930s and still operates its original route from Montgomery, Alabama to Meridian, Mississippi.
It is currently owned by G&W and handles a wide range of freight.: This independent short line has operated since 1995 over about 41 miles of track on former Illinois Central trackage.
It operates west and south of Birmingham connecting Bessemer and Port Birmingham.
The road has its own mechanical and locomotive shop.