If your facility does not have a rail spur or is not located on one of our railroads, you can still take advantage of G&W’s service and freight rail economics via one of our transload locations.

How do I get started?

  1. Use the Transloading button on the map below to see where we can serve you.
  2. Click on an individual transload terminal to find a designated G&W salesperson and let us assist you in exploring possibilities and providing rates.
  3. Gather the following information, if known, for when you talk to a G&W representative:
    • Origin city and state of shipment
    • Shipper name
    • Destination city and state of shipment
    • Consignee name
    • Commodity name and STCC
    • Quantity to be shipped
    • Start and end dates of shipments
    • Party paying freight
    • Special handling needs

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Move railcars in your facility

Industrial Switching

For more than 30 years, G&W’s subsidiary Rail Link, Inc., has provided contracted industrial railcar switching and other on-site rail transportation services.

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Store idle railcars with us

Railcar Storage

Most of G&W’s North American railroads offer storage capabilities for customers’ unused railcars. Our connections with Class I partners, as well as the option to group cars by specified categories, enable fluid movement across our footprint.

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Maintain your fleet

Railcar Repair

Whether regular wear-and-tear or unforeseen issues, G&W’s railcar maintenance and repair services can keep your fleet moving.

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Railroads worldwide

UK / Europe

G&W’s UK/Europe Region includes the U.K.’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, as well as regional rail services in Continental Europe.

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Why use transloading?

The most common use is when a shipper or receiver has no rail spur on site or lacks proper facilities/equipment to handle freight to/from a railcar.

Other scenarios where a transload can be useful include:

  • More shipping capacity: A shipper’s rail spur has insufficient loading/unloading capacity
  • Railroad optionality: Access to another railroad’s route network or rail equipment
  • Truckload quantities: When customers don’t require a full railcar quantity, but you can consolidate several customers to take advantage of railcar quantities
  • Distribution network: Reach a market where you don’t have your own warehouse or terminal

What products can be transloaded?

Anything from bulk materials and liquids to palletized and break-bulk products. This includes products such as:

  • Lumber and panel products, gypsum wallboard
  • Steel products and machinery
  • Renewable diesel, ethanol, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid, NGLs, chemicals
  • Plastics, sand, soda ash and other industrial minerals
  • Fertilizer and farm inputs
  • Grain, flour and feed ingredients
  • Paper, food products and other warehoused goods

Is transloading cheaper than trucking?

Cost is dependent on commodity and the market. It might be more reliable and convenient to have inventory near a customer base at the transload site for local delivery as needed.

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