Twin Cities Western Railroad Company

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New Addition to Twin Cities & Western Marketing and Sales Department

(November 2012) Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company named David Long vice president marketing and sales. In this capacity, he is responsible for TC&W’s sales, marketing, customer service and economic development activities.

Long, who has more than 30 years of railroad experience, is returning to TC&W; he served as general manager marketing and vice president marketing and sales for the TC&W from 1992 until 1998. He most recently worked for over twelve years for The Indiana Rail Road Company in Indianapolis. Long began his railroad career in 1980 with the Chicago & North Western, where he held posts in equipment management, quality control, grain and energy marketing. In 1986, he went to Soo Line (now Canadian Pacific) as manager coal marketing and director energy and raw materials.

A native of Lexington, Neb., Long holds a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

The Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co. began operations in 1991 between St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn. and Milbank, S.D. Its Minnesota Prairie Line subsidiary operates 94 miles of line owned by the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority between Norwood Young America and Hanley Falls, Minn.  In July of 2012, TC&W acquired the Sisseton-Milbank Railroad, which operates 37 miles of line between its namesake cities in South Dakota.

First Phase of Minnesota Prairie Line Rehabilitation Completed

(November, 2012) Minnesota Prairie Line (MPL), which operates 94 miles of track which runs between Norwood Young America and Hanley Falls, Minn., has completed the rehabilitation of the east end of its line.

With this rehabilitation phase completed, the speed limit from Norwood Young America to Winthrop, Minn. is increasing from 10 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour, which allows for more reliable service and improved transit times.

MPL is operated by the Twin Cities & Western Rail Road Company (TC&W), based in Glencoe, Minn. The route itself is owned by the Minnesota Regional Rail Authority.

TC&W reminds the public to be aware of the faster trains, and that anytime is train time!

Please call Bob Suko at (320) 864-7210, or Tim Jeske at (320) 864-7214 with any questions regarding operations or railroad safety.

“ON THE RIGHT TRACK” – Project Green Fleet’s First Railroad Retrofit

The Minnesota Environmental Initiative (MEI) and the Twin Cities & Western Railroad have partnered to improve Minnesota’a air quality through MEI’s diesel emission reduction program, Project Green Fleet.

Join us Wednesday, June 9th, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Depot Coffee House in Hopkins to learn more about the benefits of reducing diesel emissions, hear from our project partners, and view one of TC&W’s cleaner and greener locomotives that will be at the Depot!  Refreshments and snacks are provided and all are welcome!

For more information contact: Eric David at 612-334-3388 x 108 or

Railway Age’s 2008 Short Line Railroad of the Year!

The Twin Cities & Western Railroad was announced as the 2008 Short Line
Railroad of the Year by Railway Age, the railroad industry’s oldest trade publication. TC&W was presented with
a specially designed plaque at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s
annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Cars Hauled on MPL in 2007 totaled 5,842!

February 6, 2008

The January 24, 2008 article, 5,842 cars were shipped on local rail line last year, from
The Gaylord Hub reports…”‘We’re heading in the right direction.’ Those are the comments from
Bob Suko of the Minnesota Prairie Line. 5,842 cars were shipped on the Minnesota Prairie Line
in 2007, an increase from about 3,200 in 2006.”

To view the entire article, CLICK HERE

Train Schedule for Christmas & New Years

December 18, 2007

TC&W and MPL plan to run a full schedule of trains on Sunday, December 23 and the goal would be not to run trains on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If necessary, we could run a limited number of trains during the day on Christmas Eve, but will not be running any late pm or evening trains on Christmas Eve and plan no train service on Christmas Day. December 26 we will be back to normal train service on both Railroads.

Sunday, December 30 we will be running a full schedule of trains. Monday, January 31, we will run some daytime trains, but do not plan to run any evening trains. Tuesday, January 1, we plan no train service. Wednesday, January 2 we will back to normal train service on both Railroads.

Car Orders

November 26, 2007

Car orders are filling up fast and everyone is curious on what they can order. Listed below you can see which months are still open. Even if the month is full, you can still order cars and TC&W will give you a permit number. However, it will list on the order that it will only fill if we are able to fill if cars are available. If these orders are not filled, they will not flow into the next month but will be dropped. If we know the demand is out there, we will work diligently to try to procure cars from other Railroads and will do our best to keep our own cars moving for faster turn around times.

Railroad December /07 January/08 February/08 March/08 April – December, 2008
TCWR Full Full Full Full Plenty of room as of 11/26/2007
MPL Full Full Full Full Plenty of room as of 11/26/2007

Guarantee your car orders by bidding on the Guarantee Car Supply!
Bidding occurs the first day of every month from 8:00-12:00 noon.

500 Injury Free Workdays!

TC&W recently passed 500 days of injury free operation.
This has been a significant accomplishment by each and every one of us!


The Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co., Glencoe, promoted Mark Wegner from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president. He will also serve as president of Minnesota Prairie Line Inc., a TC&W affiliate.

Andrew Thompson has been promoted to chief executive officer of the Red River Valley & Western Railroad, Twin Cities & Western Railroad and Minnesota Prairie Line Inc., effective May 1. He will remain president and chief operating officer of Red River Valley & Western.

Mileage-based Fuel Surcharge Tariff

NOTICE: Effective April 26, 2007, TC&W and MPL are implementing a new mileage-based fuel surcharge tariff, TCWR/MPLI 9020.

On January 26, 2007, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) concluded its inquiry into railroad fuel surcharge practices and issued a final ruling.
As a result of this STB decision, TC&W and MPL will be introducing a new fuel surcharge tariff on April 26, 2007. The TCWR 9020 and MPLI 9020 fuel surcharge tariff is a rail mileage based surcharge. The surcharge will be applicable on all tariffs that reference TCWR 9020 or MPLI 9020.

The new surcharge is calculated monthly, and is based on the average price of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) U.S. No. 2 Diesel Retail Sales by all Sellers (cents per gallon) On-Highway Diesel (OHD). By applying the surcharge monthly, the TCWR 9020 and MPLI 9020 allow a more timely response to changes in the price of OHD.
To ensure consistency and fairness, rail mileage is calculated using third party software PC*Miler (ALK Technologies) on each line haul movement. Where the rail miles are not available through PC*Miler, TC&W will calculate and publish the mileage independently.
A twenty-day advance notice is provided, as the surcharge is based on the second calendar month prior to the month in which the surcharge is applied. For example, the surcharge in April will be calculated on the average OHD price for the month of February.

Confidential contracts will remain subject to the current TC&W/MPL fuel surcharge tariff series TCWR 9010 and MPLI 9010.
For information regarding the application of the fuel surcharge, please contact Robin Bergeron (320) 864-7211.