Red River Valley and Western Railroad

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Red River Valley and Western Railroad
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Route map of the RRVW. Solid lines are trackage owned by the railroad; dotted lines are those with trackage rights.
Reporting mark RRVW
Locale North Dakota with a branch into Minnesota
Dates of operation 1987–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Wahpeton, North Dakota

The Red River Valley and Western Railroad (reporting mark RRVW) is a regional railroad operating in the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota, which began operations in 1987. Its 648 miles (1,043 km) of track originally acquired from the Burlington Northern Railroad included:

Shortly after operations began, the Red River Valley and Western Railroad acquired a 19-mile (31 km) rail line between Oakes, North Dakota and Hecla, South Dakota from the Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad. 18 miles (29 km) of this rail line, beginning just south of Oakes, North Dakota, however, would be abandoned on September 7, 2001.

Currently, the Red River Valley and Western Railroad owns and operates 490 miles (790 km) of trackage which includes:

The Red River Valley and Western Railroad is affiliated with the Twin Cities and Western Railroad and the Minnesota Prairie Line. Andrew Thompson is the chief executive officer of all three railroads.

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Preceded by
Regional Railroad of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Texas Mexican Railway
Preceded by
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
Regional Railroad of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad