RailLink began operating port
railroads in early 1996 with Talleyrand Terminal Railroad, which
serves the port of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to providing
rail service to JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal, Rail Link
service expanded to include operation of the port’s rubber tire
gantry cranes, transferring more than 23,000 ocean going containers
between truck and rail.In 1997, Rail Link initiated service at
Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad, serving the Port of Corpus
Christi, Texas. This port is primarily a bulk freight terminal with
rail connections to UP, BNSF and KCS.
In 1998, Rail Link was awarded the bid to provide rail service for
the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia, as part of the
privatization of these Georgia Ports Authority railroads. Rail Link
employees at Savannah Port Terminal Railroad operate and maintain
over 28 miles of track at Garden City (Savannah) and 35 miles of
track at Golden Isles Terminal Railroad at Colonels Island
(Brunswick). Both ports are jointly accessed by CSX Transportation
and Norfolk Southern.
In 2003, Rail Link took over operation of the CSX Intermodal
Facility in Savannah, Georgia, which complements the operations of
Savannah Port Terminal Railroad.
In April, 2005, Rail Link was awarded the bid by CSX to operate
First Coast Railroad, which provides rail service to the Port of
Fernandina, Fla. The rail line runs from Yulee, Fla. to Fernandina,
Fla. and from Yulee to Seals, Ga.
In June, 2005, Rail Link took over operation of 14 railroads and
two industrial switching operations as result of Genesee &
Wyoming’s acquisition of Rail Management Corporation. These
railroads are located primarily in the south and southeast and are
heavily involved with forest products. This acquisition added two
additional ports to Rail Link’s portfolio, the Port of Wilmington,
N.C. (Wilmington Terminal Railroad) and the Port of Galveston, Tex.
Today, Rail Link serves 10 major U.S. ports. We provide port
authorities a comprehensive list of available service options to be
customized for their specific operation.