G&W Acquires Heart of Georgia Railroad

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has completed its acquisition of the shares of Atlantic Western Transportation, Inc., parent company of Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. (HOG). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

HOG operates on 219 miles of track in Georgia. The track is leased from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The railroad connects with G&W’s Georgia Southwestern Railroad at Americus, Ga., and with G&W’s Georgia Central Railway at Vidalia, Ga. It also has Class I railroad connections with CSX at Cordele and with Norfolk Southern at Americus and Helena. 

HOG serves an inland intermodal terminal at Cordele, Ga., where it provides five-day/week, direct rail service via the Georgia Central Railway to the Port of Savannah. The railroad transports approximately 10,000 annual carloads of agricultural products, feed, fertilizer, and lumber and forest products. 

HOG will be managed as one of G&W’s Coastal Region railroads, led by Senior Vice President Andy Chunko.