Publicly Traded RailroadsIncludes Publicly Traded Railways and Short-Line Railroads
List of Publicly Traded Railroads Listed on U.S. Exchanges
Most of the publicly traded railroad companies on this list are larger-sized railroads that move a wide range of freight. Examples of the freight these railways transport include agricultural products, automotive parts, chemicals, consumer products, coal, crude oil, forest products, industrial products, metals, minerals, plastics and vehicles. It is common for these companies to have in the range of 13,000 to 21,000 miles of track and offer services related to their primary rail freight business including freight forwarding, intermodal, trucking and warehousing.
The couple of exceptions to these broad generalizations include Guangshen Railway Company (GSH) which offers freight services but primarily focuses on passenger service in China. Providence and Worchester Railroad (PWX) is a regional railroad in the Northeast region of the United States and hence is smaller than the other major railroad companies on this list.
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Railroads: Large-Cap Stocks
Canadian National Railway Company (CNI) (Canada: 20,000 miles of track which crosses Canada and the United States)
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) (Canada: 13,500 miles of track that spans across Canada and the United States)
CSX Corporation (CSX) (20,000 miles of track primarily located in the Eastern region of the United States)
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) (Subsidiaries include Norfolk Southern Railway, Lambert’s Point Docks and Pocahontas Land)
Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) (Western region of the United States and connects with Canada’s rail systems and all six major gateways into Mexico)
Railroads: Mid-Cap Stocks
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (GWR) (Operations in North America, Australia and Europe)
Guangshen Railway Company Limited (GSH) (China: Passenger and Freight)
Kansas City Southern (KSU) (Holding company with subsidiaries that include Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, Panama Canal Railway Company and Texas Mexican Railway Company)