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 and an additional 89 miles, Westhom-Elmer, acquired by the State in 1992. Another wholly owned affiliate, Grainbelt Corporation (GNBC), was formed in 1987 to buy 176 contiguous north-south route-miles linking Enid and Frederick.
This coordinated system affords nationwide rail access via both Western trunk lines - BNSF and Union Pacific. Laid in the era of frenzied railroad building across the Great Plains, it includes trackage of three recent predecessors. Their storied names reflect the competitive ambitions of the early 20th Century: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific; St. Louis-San Francisco (which merged with Burlington Northern in 1980); and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. The Farmrail chapter of this rich history began with a simple Mission Statement to guide its future course.