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Ontario-based short line railway bought by US interests

Denver-based freight rail company Alpenglow Rail LLC completed its first acquisition with the purchase of Sarnia-based VIP Rail LLC


July 14, 2017
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DENVER, Coloradio — Alpenglow Rail LLC, a Denver-based freight rail company focused on short-line rail businesses and related transportation assets, completed its acquisition of VIP Rail LLC. The transaction is the first for Alpenglow Rail, which is backed by private equity firm Stonecourt Capital.

VIP Rail is a short line rail business located in Sarnia, Ontario’s chemical valley, with strategic access to key US populations and major Quebec and Ontario markets including Toronto and Montreal. The business’ service offerings include switching, transloading, railcar storage, railcar inspection, cleaning, and repair, warehousing and trucking.

“I am excited about the opportunity to bring VIP Rail to the next level by leveraging Alpenglow’s growth expertise,” said Jon McEachran, president of VIP Rail. “VIP Rail has been approached by many companies over the years, but we felt Alpenglow was uniquely suited to be both creative on this complicated transaction and an excellent partner in the growth of the company.”

Rich Montgomery, CEO at Alpenglow, commented “We are pleased to partner with Jon and the team at VIP Rail to continue to build on their excellent customer service and innovative solutions.  The strategic placement of their assets and the tremendous growth opportunity for the business made this a natural platform investment.”

“We are thrilled to have completed this platform transaction,” said Jaime Buehl-Reichard, Co-Founder and Partner at Stonecourt Capital. “Together with the Alpenglow Rail team, we are excited to build on the opportunities we see in the freight rail industry.”

Founded by a team of seasoned railroad executives with extensive experience in the operations, development and growth of North American short line railroads, Alpenglow Rail is actively seeking acquisitions of and partnerships with short line railroads and related transportation businesses.