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Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railway restores competitive interchange access
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:25 AM



PEORIA, IL – The Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railway, a Pioneer Railcorp subsidiary, has completed a major rehab project that will allow all shippers on the line to route traffic via both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern (NS).

Mike Carr, president and CEO of Pioneer Railcorp, said, "After purchasing this line in December 2012, a major priority was to rehab several miles of previously inoperable track between Defiance and Cecil. In doing so, we are now able to offer our eastern shippers NS access via Woodburn, Ind. and our western shippers CSXT access via Defiance, Ohio.”


This rail line traverses northern Paulding County, through the communities of Antwerp and Cecil.

Carr continued, "The Ohio Railroad Commission was instrumental in the rehab process and shares our vision for the NDW’s future. All current shippers should benefit immediately from this competitive access and multiple Class 1 connections are a necessity to participate in major industrial development projects going forward. The combination of industrial development sites, local support and 4 lane highway access puts us in position to attract major industries that would add jobs to a growing region.”



Pioneer Railcorp, an Iowa corporation, is a railroad holding company that owns shortline 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 shortline railroad subsidiaries. Pioneer Railcorp wholly-owned subsidiaries collectively handle 25 rail operations in 14 states with over 600 miles of track serving over 100 customers.

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