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As Carload Express celebrates 25 Years of Service to our customers and to the rail industry, we have prepared a visual representation of key milestones in our company’s history.   From an initial volume of 4,400 carloads per year, Carload Express has grown traffic to a volume of nearly 90,000 carloads today. Carload Express’s 85 employees expedite this traffic 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to over 100 customers on 318 route miles utilizing 46 locomotives.

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2018
2018

December, 2018

Carload Express announces a second expansion in the Delmarva Peninsula, having been selected by the State of Delaware to operate it’s state-owned lines near Milton and Georgetown, Delaware.
2018

June, 2018

Delmarva Central expands operations into Virginia through a lease with Canonie Atlantic, to operate rail freight service between Pocomoke City, MD and Hallwood, Virginia.
2017
2017

December, 2017

December, 2017
Carload Express celebrates its 25th Anniversary of service.
2017

November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017
Carload Express completes implementation of Computer Aided Train Dispatching for all system main lines.
2016
2016

December, 2016

December, 2016
Carload Express starts up the 162-mile Delmarva Central Railroad, serving Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland. Carload Express was selected during a competitive bid process to operate the former Norfolk Southern network south of Porter, Del.
2015
2015

October, 2015

October, 2015
Camp Chase Railroad sold to Indiana Boxcar Corp.
2015

August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015
Carload Express begins Tractive Effort Booster Unit (“TEBU”) program on Allegheny Valley Railroad and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad, whereby a GP40-2 locomotive is paired with a TEBU to provide eight total powered axles, resulting in increased traction and fuel efficiency compared to using two locomotives.
2015

July 8, 2015

July 8, 2015
Carload Express receives the high score in a competitive selection process to operate the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s (“JRA”) rail system in central Pennsylvania. While the JRA voted 7-3 in favor of awarding the contract to Carload Express, the JRA deems the vote ineffective due to the presence of six..Read More
2014
2014

2014

2014
Carload Express commences Positive Train Control initiative for Allegheny Valley Railroad.
2012
2012

December, 2012

December, 2012
Carload Express reactivates, operates and maintains a 13-mile line in the Ohio River valley that had been out of service for 12 years, as the Ohio Terminal Railway.
2011
2011

2011

2011
SWP begins serving Fayette Rail Freight terminal in Smithfield, PA now operated by Hi Crush Partners. The terminal pioneered unit trains of frac sand in the Marcellus Shale play and remains the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania.
2008
2008

2008

2008
AVR begins multi-year, $10 million renovation of Glenwood Yard switching operations in Pittsburgh.
2006
2006

2006

2006
Carload Express relocates company main office in Oakmont, Penn.
2006

2006

2006
Allegheny Valley Railroad restores and begins interchange service with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway at Bruceton, Penn.
2006

2006

2006
Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad begins serving the new Hunter Panels manufacturing plant at Fairchance, Penn., in the Fayette Business Park, restoring daily service to the south end the railroad.
2004
2004

2004

2004
Allegheny Valley Railroad repairs and restores 7 miles of P&W subdivision after sustaining $3.2 million in damage from Hurricane Ivan.
2003
2003

December, 2003

December, 2003
Allegheny Valley Railroad expands north and west with 43 miles of former CSXT operations on the P&W and W&P subdivisions in western Pennsylvania.
2001
2001

2001

2001
Allegheny Valley Railroad connects with CSXT and begins interchange with CSXT at Glenwood Yard in Pittsburgh, Penn.
2000
2000

May, 2000

May, 2000
Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad begins serving Westmoreland Rail Freight terminal, outside of New Stanton, Penn., and operated by Savage Safe Handling.
2000

January 1, 2000

January 1, 2000
Carload Express commences doing business under the Railroad Retirement system and transfers employment of the shortlines’ managers to Carload Express.
1999
1999

December, 1999

December, 1999
Trimax becomes a Pennsylvania corporation and rebranded as Carload Express.
1995
1995

October, 1995

October, 1995
Trimax finances Allegheny Valley Railroad’s acquisition of Conrail’s Valley Cluster in Pittsburgh, PA; Conrail’s first “Conrail Express” franchise.  The name Conrail Express was the brand applied by Conrail’s carload business group to its new shortline franchise model.
1995

June, 1995

June, 1995
Trimax funds the start-up and operation of the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad, which was competitively selected to operate Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation’s (WCIDC) and Fay-Penn Industrial Development Corporation’s (FPIDC) joint 66-mile railroad in western Pennsylvania.
1994
1994

October, 1994

October, 1994
Trimax funds the Camp Chase Railroad’s acquisition of Conrail’s 14-mile Camp Chase Industrial Track in Columbus, Ohio.
1992
1992

December 16, 1992

Carload Express predecessor Trimax Holdings is founded for the purpose of acquiring, operating and developing shortline railroads. Trimax acquires assets from a previous company that began leasing locomotives in 1984.