Twin Cities Western Railroad Company

MPL Guarantee Car Supply

tcw-guaranteeThis program is being offered under the provisions of USC S 10722 effective September 1, 2006 and will apply to the guaranteed car supply of covered hopper cars for the movement of corn, soybeans and wheat from Minnesota Prairie Line, Incorporated served elevators to either online or offline destinations.

The Minnesota Prairie Line, Inc will offer twenty-five (25) covered hopper cars up for bids per month and will guarantee availability of these cars to the entity with the highest bid. Twenty five (25) cars will be offered for a given month. Monthly bids will be accepted up to three months in advance on the first working day of the month between 0800 hours and 1200 hours. Bids are to be submitted on the website, via fax (320-864-7205) or email to In the event of equal bids, the bidders will be asked to resubmit their bid offers. Bids shall be tendered for a minimum of five (5) cars and a maximum of twenty-five (25) cars for the month. The winning bidder will be awarded the bid based on the total dollar aggregate for the cars sold. The minimum bid amount will be $25.00 per car and if there are no bids received at the close of the bid period, cars will be utilized in the general fleet program.

The applicable freight rates will be the published rates in MPLI Grain Tariffs and the amount of the awarded bid will be billed direct to the awardee. The bid awards can not be sold or traded. If a car order is cancelled the bid award will still be invoiced to the successful bidder.

The number of cars per month offered and sold will be posted on the TCWR website; TCWR.NET.

The general rules and regulations in Special Arragement Tariff MPLI 8500-Series will be applicable on cars handled in connection with the Guaranteed Car Supply. (Information as published in the Tariff MPLI 8500- series takes precedence.)

Bid Results

MPL Guarantee Car Bid Form

  • Number of Cars Requested

    Number of cars available for monthly bid: 50 cars first half/50 cars second half
  • Please note: Bids are to be submitted in dollars above tariff rate.

    Bids for covered hopper cars will be accepted for the first working day of the month between 0800 hours and 1200 hours for the following month and shipping periods up to three (3) months in advance.