Watco Expanding Rail Operations in Idaho

Short line operator Watco Transportation Services, Inc. is looking to acquire its fourth railroad in the state of Idaho. It has reached an agreement with Rio Grande Pacific Corp. to  purchase 36 miles of track from the Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad.

The deal, if approved by the Surface Transportation Board, would allow the track to be operated as the Boise Valley Railroad (BVRR), based in Boise, Idaho. BVRR is targeting a mid-October start-up date.

The BVRR will operate two segments: the 11-mile Wilder Branch from Wilder to Caldwell, Idaho and the Boise Cut-Off that extends from Nampa to southeast of Boise. The deal also includes trackage rights from Nampa to Caldwell. The BVRR entered into a lease-purchase agreement with the INPR, a Rio Grande subsidiary that leases the segments from Union Pacific Railroad.

Commodities handled on the trackage include potatoes, lumber, fertilizer and fuels.