Washington Idaho Railway, Incorporated, is dedicated to providing the best regional shipping option. Through collaboration with clients, a flexibility and desire to meet demands, the WIR will continue to be the most reliable shipping choice in Eastern Washington and Idaho.
Washington Idaho Railway Incorporated (WIR) owns and operates the Palouse and Lewiston (PNL) line and the Washington Idaho Montana (WIM) line through a lease agreement. The legal form of the WIR is a partnership. The owner of the WIR, Stan Patterson, started the company in June of 2007 with the contract given to him by the state of Washington. The WIR has tracks currently leased in the State of Washington (“WSDOT”) and owned in the State of Idaho by Watco Companies.
The Washington Idaho Railway accommodates rail to truck, and truck to rail transload customer's in the areas that it serves. The WIR is dedicated to actively recruiting new business. Projected business growth exists with current customers and in other shipping markets. Within its customer base the WIR has possible growth opportunities with Busch Oil and Ashgrove Cement. Examples of other possible business prospects include Atlas Sand and Gravel (Magnesium Chloride), Primeland Cooperatives (fertilizer and grain), and George Brocke and Sons (lentils). Additionally, as the demand for gasoline and other types of energy continues to grow, efficient ways to transport these goods will become necessary.
Customer accommodation and a high level of satisfaction is part of the mission of the WIR. By increasing the frequency of service and having flexibility to meet customer requests, the WIR continues to achieve those goals. Accommodation is essential on the different rail lines because of the variable in load size. Part of the reason for successful rail operation on the PNL Branch is that the WIR can provide extra rail cars, to help meet shipping deadlines, for customers getting their goods to the BNSF interchange station. Seasonal traffic of agricultural products and fertilizer often require delivery after arriving at Marshall, the WIR's interchange station, from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (hereinafter BNSF).