Geography, Commodities & Customer Service
Finger Lakes Railway Corp (FGLK) is a privately owned, shortline that is classified as a Class III railroad and is headquartered in Geneva, NY. Since July 1995, FGLK operates, markets, and maintains over 154 miles of track in 6 upstate counties including: Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, Yates, and Schuyler.
The rail line runs east to west starting at Solvay, NY through Auburn to Geneva and continuing west to Victor and Canandaigua. The Penn Yan – Watkins Glen line is connected to the rest of the FGLK system via trackage rights on the NS Corning Secondary, which runs along the west shore of Seneca Lake. Expanding operations also plan to run north from Geneva to Lyons Industrial Park in Lyons, NY.
Rail shippers in this region benefit from competitive pricing among the three major Class I railroads that interchange with Finger Lakes Railway:
- CSX Transportation Inc. (CSX) at Solvay (Syracuse), NY – CSX Service Partnership
(Coming Soon: Interchange at Lyons)
- Canadian Pacific (CP) through trackage rights over the NS at Geneva, NY - Canadian Pacific Service Partnership
FGLK provides rail service that includes daily or weekly switching, based on the industry needs. They have ample leasing or ownership of boxcars, gondolas and have access to additional reliable rail car fleets throughout North America. Shippers recognize the benefits of rail access through logistic cost savings and market reach that is competitive with the under 500-mile truck market and even further. Rock Tenn (corrugated cardboard manufacturer), located in Solvay, NY, recently named Finger Lakes Railway Corp as their 2008 Transportation Supplier of the Year.
FGLK provides door-to-door pricing that encompasses any and all Class I, regional and shortline railways needed for traffic routing. This rail company has an excellent history of car supply and switching services, along with competitive pricing to and from all US and Canadian markets, including import and export. FGLK provides error free accounting and quick problem resolution through their coordination with all transportation providers to meet customers’ delivery dates. Proactive management of in-transit shipments is achieved by providing real time, car location reports.
Commodities hauled include steel, scrap metals, pulpboard, scrap paper, canned goods, sand, chemicals, salt, aggregates, grain, fertilizers, plastic, corn syrup, clay, soda ash, lumber and building materials like shingles, roofing, panel products and pipe. FGLK also has sophisticated transload areas and team tracks that can extend market reach in the region. FGLK has partnered with a food quality warehouse located in Geneva, NY to provide cross dock or regional storage with efficient pickup/delivery logistics to customers in our region.
The local FGLK rail-served shippers employ over 3000 workers. These shippers moved over 18,000 carloads in 2008, a peak year for railcar movements. In addition to the general manufactured carload business, FGLK also provides storage space for customers who require secure storage for equipment that is not in use. FGLK employs 50 full-time transportation and administrative professionals with an enthusiastic focus on customer service and safety. The current economic conditions have not deterred the resolve for a company-wide, ongoing commitment to move freight by rail both efficiently and safely.