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Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad

Pioneer Railcorp is a railroad holding company that owns short line railroads and several other railroad related businesses including a railroad equipment company and a contract switching services company. Railroad transportation is provided by the Company's wholly-owned short line railroad subsidiaries ("Pioneer Lines"). Pioneer Lines rail system is primarily devoted to carrying freight and currently consists of 23 rail operations in 13 states with over 600 miles of track serving over 100 customers. Pioneer Lines are managed by a highly-skilled management team with strong railroad industry backgrounds. Pioneer Railroad Services, Inc. provides a variety of services to Pioneer Lines (and unaffiliated railroads), including accounting, marketing, mechanical, and agency services.

Pioneer Railcorp

Ohio shortline

The Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad was organized in 2012 by shortline operator Pioneer Railcorp, who purchased the 53 mile railroad from Maumee & Western Railroad, part of the bankrupt Indiana Hi-Rail group. The segment was originally a mainline of the Wabash Railroad, running from New Haven, Indiana, to Toledo, Ohio. Other portions of that right of way in Ohio are now a rail trail. The NDW operates between Woodburn, Indiana, in the west and Liberty Center, Ohio, in the east. The railroad's principal commodities are food products, chemicals, aggregates, fertilizer, and grain. Locomotive service, offices, and interchange with CSX are at the midpoint in Defiance, Ohio. Interchange is also kept with Norfolk Southern in Woodburn.

Napoleon, Defiance & Western map / Pioneer website

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This page was updated on 2016-02-19