A Florida-based short line railroad holding company has completed acquisition of six industrial short line railroads formerly owned by Federal Way's Weyerhaeuser Co.
Two of those railroads, the Columbia & Cowlitz Railway and the Patriot Woods Railroad, operate a total of 37 miles of track in southwest Washington.
The four other railroads involved in the acquisition operate in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.
In addition to the rail lines and other track assets, the acquisition includes 28 locomotives, more than 300 railcars, 2,500 leased railcars, 50 motor vehicles, right-of-way real estate, general office buildings, maintenance of way equipment, locomotive shops, rail car repair shops, a wheel shop, rail yards, and office and shop equipment, Patriot said in announcing the acquisition this week.
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With the new acquisitions, Patriot, based in Boca Raton, Fla., operates 13 railroads in 12 states with more than 500 miles of track. Weyerhaeuser, which once operated hundreds of miles of railroads serving its mills and logging sites, is streamlining its operations.