R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC, a holding company for 11 short line railroads, is commemorating its thirtieth anniversary. Rick Corman began the company with the acquisition of the Bardstown Line in January of 1987 and purchased a second 100-mile short line, the Memphis Line, that same year.
“I feel privileged to serve as the president of such a successful company,” said Brian Miller, R. J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC president. “Mr. Corman’s entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude have paved our road to success and continue to push us as an organization to think innovatively in order to meet the needs of our customers.”
The company currently operates approximately 1,000 miles of track, including the Pennsylvania Lines, the Tennessee Terminal Railroad, and the Central Kentucky Lines. In additional, it owns more than 100 locomotives and nearly 475 railcars.
In 2016, the company moved more than 60,000 railcars and in the past six years completed more than $55 million in capital improvements on its short line properties, including the replacement of 310,000 ties.
R. J. Corman Railroad Company was selected for CSX Transportations’ Short Line Award in 2015 and in 2013 received the Argus Rail Win Win Award. The company was also awarded the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Jake Award with Distinction for nine consecutive years and received seven ASLRRA Marketing Awards.
“I extend my thanks to the countless employees that have played a vital role in the success our railroad company has seen over the last thirty years,” stated Ed Quinn, R. J. Corman Railroad Group’s president and CEO. “Their hard work, dedication and commitment to safety have allowed us to excel as a company and be recognized as a premiere short line operator.”