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).
Changes in Farmrail’s locomotive roster are under way in anticipation of expiring leases and heavier over-the-road hauls. Ten GP-10s and single GP-9s and GP-20s are being offered for sale; two MP-15ACNs will be leased for assignment to switching at Westhom, and the current fleet of 15 GP-38-2s will be augmented for road power as the year progresses. The result should be more tractive effort from fewer units to be maintained.
Farmrail is searching for newcomers with proven character, ability and attitude who really want to be railroaders. We need enthusiastic team players who spend their time productively, interact comfortably with co-workers, and perform effectively for our fans – the customers.