Unofficial Twin Cities & Western Railroad Website
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Welcome to the Unofficial Twin Cities & Western Railroad Website

           Welcome to the Unofficial Twin Cities & Western Railroad website for railroad enthusiasts. Information about current operations, locomotives as well as photos and news can be found here. The official TC&W website is
           The TC&W (AAR TCWR) operates over 229-miles of track and is classified as a shortline (Class III) railroad. Operating as far east as St. Paul, Minnesota and as far west as Milbank, South Dakota, the TC&W is the largest shortline in Minnesota. While agricultural harvest products (corn, wheat, beans, grains, barely, etc.) are the primary product hauled, large amounts of ethanol, DDGs, coal, sugar, fertilizer, canned foods, limestone and other products are shipped as well. Annual carloads on TC&W average between 18 and 20,000 plus another 6,000 on sister railroad Minnesota Prairie Line (AAR MPLI). Monday-Friday 5-7 trains run a day throughout the system plus 1-2 on MPL. On Saturday three regular trains run between St. Paul and Ruebel. Trains run on Sunday as needed.
           The TC&W boasts one of the most unique locomotive fleets of any shortline. As of 2010, a total of 13 locomotives are being used on the TC&W system including power for MPLI, a wholly owned subsidiary. A total of nine engines have been repowered with Caterpillar prime movers (four GP20Cs, three GP30Cs and two GP15Cs) while four are EMD powered (one GP10, two GP39-2s and one SW1200) plus one slug in a CF7 body. Two out of service ex-NS slugs and another CF7 slug are also stored at the railroads headquarters in Glencoe, MN.
           In July of 2012 TC&W purchased the 37-mile Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRR). TC&W connects to SMRR in Milbank and operations continue to run as needed with the existing locomotives and continues to operate under the Sisseton Milbank Railroad name as a subsidiary of TC&W.

A very rare Hopkins Turn ran light power from Glencoe to Hopkins to pick up the train from St. Paul and
bring it to Glencoe. Headed west at Tower E-14 through the fast growing tree's, the train is about to pass under Co. Road 62.
       The C&NW once crossed the MILW here but it's now just the eastern end of TC&W owned track.
June 20,  2009 - Minnetonka, MN

           It can very time consuming and difficult to gather current information on a shortline and the purpose of this website is to be a place to find current information. If you have any questions, corrections or news please don't hesitate to e-mail me.


What's New - What's changed lately on the website
News - News and future plans about the TC&W
About TC&W - General information about the TC&W
Photographs - Photos of the TC&W
Operations - Detailed information about each train, including extras
Timetable - The TC&W timetable.
System Map - Detailed system map including surrounding railroads.
Locomotive Roster - All-time roster for the TC&W.
Links - Links to other railroad related websites

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Last updated: 02/24/10

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  • Unit DDG trains cease
        operation. ILSX 1418 arrives.
  • Northstar Intermodal
         moves out of Montevideo.
  • RRVW 404 & ILSX 1389
         leave the TC&W.
  • Ex-KCC GP39-2s arrive
        on property.
  • More trains are added
          to the regular schedule
  • Ethanol trains are now
         interchaged with CP

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    Last Update: 02/01/11

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