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Transportation Company - Manufacturers - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Manufacturers - Railroad
Company Name Manufacturers
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1887
Final Year of Operation 2011
Termination Acquired
Country United States (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
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Transportation Company - Manufacturers - Railroad



Company History: Manufacturers Railway (not to be confused with Manufacturers’ Junction Railway) dates from 1887 and was owned by Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. 42 track miles linked the huge brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri with their own large freight yard. Then trackage rights were used to cross the Mississippi (on TRRA’s MacArthur Bridge) to reach Alton & Southern’s Gateway Yard in East St. Louis, Illinois. This way, every Class One in the area was reached.

MRS also had other customers, independent of the parent company. These included grain elevators, a material transfer operation, and leasing companies. MRS also performed locomotive painting and contract rewiring.

The steam fleet relied heavily on 0-6-0’s and dieselization came early. The Alco S-2 was an early favorite but MRS later settled on EMD switchers (6 or 7 units at a time.) The locomotives were kept in immaculate condition and routinely washed. The freight car fleet was dominated by 60’ insulated boxcars. Big surprise, these carried beer for the parent company.

After Anheuser-Busch was sold to a European brewer, the new owners decided they had no interest in owning a railroad and turned over operation of the line to FTRL Railway in 2011.

Brief History:
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Item created by: gdm on 2020-10-15 09:44:36

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