Farmrail System, Inc. is an employee-owned holding company for two Class III common-carrier railroads comprising "Western Oklahoma’s Regional Railroad." Farmrail Corporation (FMRC) has acted since 1981 as a lessee-operator for Oklahoma Department of Transportation, managing an 82-mile east-west line between Weatherford and Erick. An additional 89 miles, Westhom-Elmer, was purchased from the state in 2013 after 20 years of operation under lease. Another wholly owned affiliate, Grainbelt Corporation (GNBC), was formed in 1987 to purchase from Burlington Northern Railroad Company 178 miles of line linking Enid and Frederick. The parent company also has a joint-venture interest in New York’s Finger Lakes Railway Corp. (FGLK).
Continued arid conditions are negatively affecting the 2018 winter wheat crop, prompting further conversion of acreage to upland cotton. Plantings more than tripled over the past three years, accompanied by rising yields due to expanded irrigation, genetic seed modification, and improved management practices. Oklahoma now ranks as fourth largest domestic producer, though wheat still dominates the landscape by a factor of six.
2018 FRA Region 5 Training Seminar
Farmrail is proud to host the 2018 Region 5 FRA Safety and Training Seminar in beautiful Downtown Oklahoma City on August 7th - 9th. This FRA instructed seminar is a great way of updating and refreshing your knowledge of rules and regulations applicable to our industry.