Serving 12 U.S. states

A freight and logistics leader since 1986, Pioneer Lines owns and operates 15 short line railroads across 12 states including: Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Pioneer Lines is the local workhorse of the national rail network and the link for over 100 industries, from rural and small town America, to domestic and global markets.

Our railroads directly or indirectly support over 17,000 jobs in the United States and transport diverse commodities, including agricultural and food products, iron and steel, plastics, chemicals, building materials, and forest products. Pioneer Lines’ success is driven by an experienced team dedicated to delivering personalized, flexible service and solutions founded on research and collaboration with our customers. Pioneer Lines provides local businesses with access to markets and creates economic vitality in the communities we serve.

Our Team

Our best-in-class leadership team works together to drive our objective to be one of America’s best-performing and most-respected short line rail companies. All levels of our team – operations, finance, legal, engineering, and commercial – are collectively focused on bringing new business, expanding existing customers, and increasing efficiency and safety on our fifteen lines.

Our Values and Principles

Pioneer Lines is dedicated to our colleagues, to the communities where our people and customers live and work, and to the shared environment around us. We are committed to operating responsibly and our environmental, social, governance (ESG) efforts are core elements of our goal to be one of North America’s best-performing, and most-respected short line rail companies.

Awards & Honors

  • Decatur Junction Railway 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Elkhart & Western Railroad 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Garden City Western Railway 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Gettysburg & Northern Railroad 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Indiana Southwestern Railway 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Kendallville Terminal Railway 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Keokuk Junction Railway 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Michigan Southern Railroad 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Mississippi Central Railroad 2021 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Ripley & New Albany Railroad American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) annual Jake Safety Awards with Distinction
  • Nick Troutman 2021 Progressive Railroading “Rising Star”