History

sam-pinslyPinsly Railroad Company is one of the oldest short line railroad companies in the United States. It was founded in 1938 when Samuel M. Pinsly purchased and rehabilitated the hurricane-damaged Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad in Massachusetts and Vermont, which was threatened with abandonment.

Pinsly remains today a company focused on acquiring short line railroads and revitalizing branch and feeder lines of Class I and regional carriers. Pinsly has achieved steady growth by maintaining a focus on the needs of its customers and by developing strong partnerships with its connecting carriers.

Through a series of strategic short line acquisitions, Pinsly now owns and operates numerous railroads and warehouse/distribution facilities. The railroads include the Florida Northern, Florida Midland and Florida Central and the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts. Pinsly’s subsidiary, Railroad Distribution Services, provides warehouse, reload, and distribution services.

1938

Samuel M. Pinsly purchases the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad, fondly known as the Hoot, Toot and Whistle. Pinsly Railroad established with headquarters in Boston.

1930s – 1970s

Pinsly acquires abandoned lines from larger railroads and bankrupt regional carriers. Railroad industry struggling under government regulation. A number of major railroads are in bankruptcy and smaller carriers are struggling as well.

1980

Staggers Act deregulates railroads. Class I Railroads begin to create short line opportunities.

1982

Pinsly acquires Pioneer Valley Railroad.

1985

Pinsly creates Railroad Distribution Services with first location in Massachusetts.

1985

Pinsly creates Railroad Distribution Services with first location in Massachusetts.

1986

Pinsly corporate headquarters moves to Westfield, Massachusetts. Pinsly acquires Florida Central Railroad.

1987-88

Pinsly acquires the Florida Midland Railroad and Florida Northern Railroad and establishes Railroad Distribution Services in Florida.

1990

Florida Central Railroad acquires Orlando Subdivision from CSX.

1992-2011

Pinsly acquires Arkansas Midland Railroad and steadily expands.

2005

Florida Northern Railroad acquires West Coast Subdivision from CSX.

2014

Pinsly divests its Arkansas region.

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