Railroads are Pulling Their Weight In the Buckeye State

Dating back to the 19th century, railroading in the Buckeye State was critical to economic development. In the north, rail provided a connection to the Great Lakes, and in the south, Cincinnati once served as the rail hub of the nation. A lot has changed since the early days of statehood, but freight rail remains an economic driver. Today, Ohio has the fourth largest rail infrastructure, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the nation, and is home to one of the highest concentrations of rail supply companies.

Ohio's 41 freight railroads operate over 5,132 miles of track and employ 6,914 in the Buckeye State.* It would have taken approximately 16.1 million additional truckloads to move the 289.4 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Ohio in 2017. Intermodal and nonmetallic minerals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Ohio. Intermodal shipments and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Martin Russell
Martin Russell
Deputy County Administrator, Warren County; Director, Warren County Economic Development; Executive Director, Warren County Port Authority
Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman
Vice President of Sales, Columbus Chamber

Featured Rail Supply Companies


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Railway Supply Institute
ITS ConGlobal
Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
The Timken Company
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Polivka International
Parsec, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Hulcher Services Inc.
Amsted Rail


43 percent

in rail rates, 1981-2014.

That means the average rail customer today can ship nearly twice as much freight for about the same price it paid more than 30 years ago. 

State Director

Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.