Tacoma Rail TRMW #816

Nature of Firm

Tacoma Rail operates over 204 miles of track in northwestern Washington, consisting of three divisions. TRMW’s Mountain Division runs from a connecting track in Tacoma to Frederickson, and then to Morton or Chehalis for a total of 132 miles. The Tidelands Division switches Tacoma industries including the Port of Tacoma and interchanges with both UP and BNSF at Tacoma.  UP also still interchanges with Tacoma Municipal Belt Line (TMBL).  The Capital Division consists of three former BNSF lines.


Tacoma Rail started in the early part of the 1900’s as the Municipal Street Railway. It became a common carrier in 1914 and began to serve the Port of Tacoma in 1918. In the 1940’s the name was changed to Tacoma Municipal Belt Line Railway. In 1998, the name was changed to Tacoma Rail. Tacoma Rail includes the Tacoma Rail Mountain Division (TRMW) which is also a switch road as of 8/31/2009.

Company Information

Mailing Address

Tacoma Rail
P. O. Box 11007
2601 SR 509 N. Frontage Road
Tacoma, WA 98411

Phone 253-502-8155
Fax 253-396-3160
Web Site www.tacomarail.com 

Michael Klass
Marketing Manager

Company Affiliation City of Tacoma
Interchange Points Fife and Lakeside, WA
Agreement Type Switch Carrier
Information Exchange Method RMI