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8/17/2009



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Arizona Railroad Group becomes ARG Trans


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Last month, Arizona Railroad Group changed its name to ARG Trans. The company, which owns the San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad (SPSR), has operated as Arizona Railroad Group since it acquired SPSR from RailAmerica Inc. in 2003.

“Our goal is to broaden our services beyond Arizona and expand logistical options for customers, such as transloading freight between rail cars and trucks,” said ARG Trans President Scott Parkinson, who also serves as SPSR’s general manager, in a prepared statement. “We want to increase our rail and related transportation activities with other communities and businesses — particularly in the West.”

SPSR operates a seven-mile line between a connection with Union Pacific Railroad’s Chicago-to-Los Angeles mainline in Benson and Curtiss, Ariz. The short line also provides switching services for UP customers in Willcox, Ariz., and operates a transload facility in Benson.


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