Minnesota Prairie Line Inc. MPL #984

Nature of Firm

MPL operates freight service over 94 miles of track between Norwood and Hanley Falls, MN, which is owned by the Minnesota Valley Regional Railroad Authority.  MPL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Twin Cities & Western Railroad.   


This line was abandoned in 1982 by Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company. Subsequently, the Minnesota Valley Regional Rail Authority bought the line. Since the date of the acquisition, several railroads have attempted to acquire and operate the line without success.  The most recent operator, Minnesota Central Railroad Co., filed bankruptcy in August 2000. No service had been provided until MPL started operation in October 2002.

Company Information

Mailing Address

Minnesota Prairie Line Inc.
2925 12th Street East 
Glencoe, MN  55336

Phone 320-864-7200
Fax 320-864-7220
Web Site www.tcwr.net/mpli.html

Mark J. Wegner

David Long
VP Marketing and Sales
(320) 864-7206

Robin Bergeron
Director, Marketing & Sales
(320) 864-7211

Bob Suko
General Manager Operations
(320) 864-7210

Company Affiliation Private
Interchange Points Norwood, MN to Twin Cities & Western
Agreement Type Handling Carrier
Information Exchange Method EDI