Twin Cities Western Railroad Company

TC&W Company Overview

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TC&W is a regional railroad operating over 229 miles of track, serving some of the most productive agricultural counties in Minnesota and South Dakota.  Interchanging with ALL the Class 1 railroads in the Twin Cities, TC&W provides a gateway to world markets for the surrounding areas. Operating as far east as St. Paul, Minnesota and as far west as Milbank, South Dakota, the TC&W is the largest shortline in Minnesota.

Customer Service

A fully staffed Customer Service center is based in Glencoe, MN.

Customer Service: 320-864-7212 or 800-290-TCWR(8297)


TC&W interchanges with all Class 1 railroads serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul terminal area: BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad.

Other connections include BNSF Railway at Appleton MN, Minnesota Prairie Line (MPLI) at Norwood, MN, Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRR) at Milbank, SD, Minnesota Commercial Railway at St. Paul, and Progressive Rail (via CPRS) at Lakeville and Bloomington.


Trains normally operate six days per week between the Twin Cities and Renville, with two or three day per week service as far west as Milbank. Additional trains are run during periods of peak demand.  TC&W personnel have responsibility for day-to-day inspection and maintenance of the railroad track.

Traffic Base

tcw_elevatorTC&W’s traffic base consists largely of grains (corn, wheat and barley), soybeans, sugar, beet pulp pellets, lumber and other forest products, canned and frozen vegetables, edible beans, molasses, ethanol, DDG’s, fertilizers, coal, crushed rock, plastics and agricultural machinery.

TC&W Employees

TC&W employs approximately 80 people, many possessing previous railroad experience. The majority of them work out of the Glencoe terminal and nearly half are trained Transportation Specialists. Our employees are committed to providing customer satisfaction and are highly qualified to operate safely and efficiently in the ever demanding railroad environment


TC&W has 9 Caterpillar Generation II locomotives (7 GP20C’s and 2 GP15C’s) and one CF7 slug unit. The car fleet consists of approximately 700 owned and leased covered hoppers, (primarily 4,750 cu. ft. capacity), RBL boxcars (50 ft and 60 ft), and flat bottom gondolas. Additional equipment is available through our connecting carriers.

River Access

TC&W accesses the Mississippi River through the Minneapolis River Terminal at Camden Place, MN in north Minneapolis, and through facilities on the Minnesota River at Savage, MN. Through other carriers, TC&W also accesses all other major river facilities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

Rail Car Storage and Transloading

TC&W offers short-term and long-term empty railcar storage services. For certain commodities, space is also available for loaded rail car storage or storage in transit.  Additionally, rail-to-truck and truck-to-rail transloading sites are available in certain locations.

TC&W History

Operations commenced July 27, 1991 over what was formerly known as the “Ortonville Line” operated by the Soo Line (now Canadian Pacific Railway) between Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and Milbank, SD. Prior to TC&W and Soo Line operation of this line, it was part of the Milwaukee Road’s Main line to the Pacific Northwest. This main line was originally built in the 1870’s by the Hastings & Dakota Railway.

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