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January 1, 1986
In 1986, Pat Broe purchased the Great Western Railway, a 40-mile small railroad in northern Colorado in a bankruptcy proceeding from Great Western Sugar. Broe recognized the potential real estate opportunities alongside the railroad tracks that could be developed – for the benefit of the railroad and the real estate company.
January 2, 1986
Following the formation of OmniTRAX, the company purchased the Great Western of Iowa out of bankruptcy. The railroad was later sold to the Iowa Interstate Railroad in 2006.
January 1, 1992
Rail operations grew rapidly in 1992 with the acquisition of Chicago West Pullman Transportation which owned six short lines: Manufacturers’ Junction in Cicero, IL; Newburgh and South Shore Railroad in Cleveland, OH; Chicago Rail Link in Chicago, IL; Chicago and West Pullman and Southern Railroad in Chicago, IL; Georgia Woodlands Railroad in Washington, GA; and Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad in southern Wisconsin. The WCR was subsequently sold to Wisconsin and Southern Railroad in the same year.
October 1, 1992
In October 1992, OmniTRAX purchased 800 miles of track in Kansas and Oklahoma from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. The main lines of track stretched from Salina, Kansas, to Osborne, Kansas, and from Marion, Kansas, to Scott City, Kansas. OmniTRAX formed the Central Kansas Railway to run on the lines. The Kansas Southwestern Railway merged into the Central Kansas Railway in May 2000.
January 1, 1993
OmniTRAX purchased 31 miles of track between Borger and Panhandle, Texas, from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe in November 1993. It formed the Panhandle Northern Railroad.
January 1, 1994
The Fort Collins branch line was added to Great Western Railway, expanding OmniTRAX’s reach in northern Colorado.
May 1, 1995
OmniTRAX leased the Northern Ohio & Western Railway near Toledo, OH.
January 2, 1996
OmniTRAX moved into Canada in November 1996 with its purchase of the Hudson Bay Railway which ran from The Pas, Manitoba, to the Port of Churchill in Churchill, Manitoba.
January 1, 1998
OmniTRAX continued its growth in Canada with the purchase of Carlton Trail Railway from Canadian National.
January 1, 2004
The company leased the Fulton County Railway, based in Atlanta, and the Alabama and Tennessee River Railway in Alabama from CSXT. OmniTRAX later purchased both lines in 2018.
January 1, 2005
OmniTRAX ventured into Washington state with the acquisition of track from BNSF that runs from Kettle Falls, WA across the U.S.-Canadian border into British Columbia. With the acquisition, the company renames the line Kettle Falls International Railway.
January 1, 2011
OmniTRAX moved into California for the first time in 2011 when it purchased the 25-mile Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad, a short line linking several industrial customers to the Port of Stockton, the Union Pacific, and the BNSF.
June 1, 2014
The Sand Springs Railway was acquired in 2014 and marked OmniTRAX’s first railroad in Oklahoma.
June 1, 2014
OmniTRAX enters into agreement to operate Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railway (BRG) bringing its number of rail subsidiaries to 19. This made OmniTRAX the third largest shortline railroad company in the United States.
December 1, 2014
By the end of 2014, the firm also controlled the Peru Industrial Railroad, a 3-mile switching railroad in Peru, Illinois.
February 1, 2016
OmniTRAX purchased the Heart of Texas Railroad and renamed it Central Texas & Colorado River Railway.
March 1, 2016
The company enters into an agreement with Topflight Grain to operate the railroad under the new name of Decatur Central Railroad which ended on 8/27/2020.
September 1, 2016
In September 2016, it acquired the 146-acre former Gerdau steel mill site in Sand Springs. OmniTRAX worked with the Broe Real Estate Team to build residential, retail, industrial, logistics, and transportation buildings and facilities there.
January 1, 2019
OmniTRAX entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleveland Commercial Railroad (CCRL) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad (CHB). CCRL is renamed Cleveland & Cuyahoga Railway, LLC and the CHB is renamed Cleveland Port Railway, LLC.
January 1, 2019
OmniTRAX completed the acquisition of the 101-year-old Winchester & Western Railroad (WW) from Covia Holdings. W&W operates over 100 miles of track on two divisions: VA, which runs through MD, WV, and VA, and NJ, in southern NJ.
April 1, 2019
Break ground on $70M Dual Served Georgia Industrial Park and Sign Long-term Lease with Anchor-Tenant at Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub
January 1, 2020
New partnership enables rail service for ten million square feet of new development within the 6,000- acre global industrial park called River Ridge Development Authority.