Trains Magazine recently published a comprehensive feature on our very own Nebraska Central Railroad (NCRC), a subsidiary of Rio Grande Pacific Corp. (RGPC). The article provides an in-depth look at our 340-mile network, which primarily consists of branch lines formerly operated by Union Pacific and one former Burlington Northern line.
The feature highlights our operations, which are managed by Rio Grande Pacific Dispatch out of Fort Worth, Texas, and span across key locations including Columbus, Central City, and Grand Island. It also sheds light on our long-term relationships with major shippers such as the Nucor steel plant, Norfolk Iron & Metal, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Agrex grain elevator, Valero Renewables plant, and Cargill grain facility.
Trains Magazine delves into the various subdivisions and branches of the NCRC network, each with its own unique operational history and serving different shippers. This diversity contributes to the dynamic nature of our operations.
The article also highlights our primary business, the shipment of grain, which serves seven shuttle loading facilities and handles more than 250 unit trains annually with run-through power from UP.
Despite facing challenges, particularly from flooding, the feature acknowledges our proactive efforts in making improvements. We’ve installed about 30,000 ties per year, laid approximately 40 miles of welded rail, and actively pursued federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grants.
The future of NCRC is bright, as noted by our manager of safety training & rule compliance in the feature. We’re looking forward to serving central and northeast Nebraska and seeing more growth for the railroad and its business.
We encourage you to check out the full feature in Trains Magazine to learn more about our operations and journey. It’s a testament to our commitment to growth, innovation, and service in the railroad industry.