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).
The “splunits” are coming. Farmrail is believed to be the first short line to receive trainloads of a single grade of frac sand at interchange for delivery in smaller blocks to multiple on-line transloading destinations, at Okeene, Carleton, Clinton, Weatherford and Elk City. Fairmount Santrol is taking this approach to assure timely product availability and increase the velocity of its dedicated fleet of covered hoppers.
2016 FRA Region 5 Training Seminar
Farmrail will host the 2016 FRA Region 5 Safety and Training Seminar August 9 - 11 in Oklahoma City. The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance of the Bricktown Entertainment District.