Posts Tagged ‘Winchester & Western’

W&W Carload Traffic Rose 9% in 2020

January 27, 2021

A short line railroad that serves West Virginia reports that its carload traffic grew by 9 percent in 2020.

The Winchester & Western, a 100-mile short line owned by OmniTRAX that also has trackage in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey, acknowledged that its growth was below expectations.

But railroad officials said they weren’t expecting a pandemic to depress traffic last year and that despite it the W&W was able to do better than the 12 percent carload volume loss year that the Association of American  Railroads reported occurred nationally.

OmniTRAX officials attributed the traffic growth to their efforts to work closely with shippers, making operational changes that improved service, bringing more technology and sophistication to customer service, and joining forces with local economic development officials to identify and promote rail-served sites.

“We have pretty high expectations,” says Peter Touesnard, chief commercial officer for OmniTRAX. “We probably see another 30 percent growth on this railroad over the next three to four years.”

This year the W&W is projected to handle 20,000 cars. Last year it hauled 17,500 cars.

To grow traffic the W&W plans to convert property along its lines to rail-served facilities. Among the planned projects are rebuilding a dormant spur track and repurposing it as a transload center and identifying greenfield sites that can be developed into new customer facilities.

Recently the W&W landed a $150 million Clorox facility in Berkeley County, West Virginia, that is expected to open in 2022.

In the same county, W&W was able to entice Procter & Gamble to divert some shipments from trucks to rail.

It also worked to deliver raw materials after Gulf Coast hurricanes last fall disrupted the P&G plant’s supply chain.

OmniTRAX Extends Program to W.Va. Railroad

May 14, 2020

OmniTRAX plans to extend its new Rail-Ready Sites program to the West Virginia branch of the Winchester & Western Railroad.

The program connects rail-served sites with customers in need of property to access rail transportation.

In a news release, OmniTRAX said it has worked with the Berkley County Development Authority in West Virginia to identify the best developable, rail-ready sites along the W&W.

The search identified six sites totaling 795 acres and range from 35- to 500-acre parcels.

OmniTRAX Acquires Winchester & Western

September 12, 2019

A short-line railroad that serves West Virginia is now part of OmniTRAX.

Officials announced this week that OmniTRAX has completed the acquisition of the Winchester & Western from Covia Holdings Corporation.
W&W also operates in Maryland, Virginia and new Jersey.

Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed in the news release announcing the completion of the transaction.

OmniTRAX also has recently purchased the Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway (formerly the Cleveland Commercial Railroad), Cleveland Port Railway, Alabama & Tennessee River Railway and Fulton County Railway.

OmniTRAX to Acquire Winchester & Western

July 28, 2019

The Winchester & Western, a century-old short line railroad that operates in part in West Virginia, is being acquired by OmniTRAX.

The $105 million deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter subject to a review by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

The W&E is currently owned by Covia Holdings and also operates in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.