Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad
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Freshly-painted EMD SD40-2 No. 3423 in Rapid City in 2014
|Locale||Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming|
|Dates of operation||2014–Present|
|Predecessor||Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Headquarters||Rapid City, South Dakota|
Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad (reporting mark RCPE) is a Class II railroad operating across South Dakota and southern Minnesota in the northern plains of the United States. Portions of the railroad also extend into Wyoming, and Nebraska. It is owned and operated by Genesee & Wyoming.
The Genesee & Wyoming, a holding company of mostly short line railroads, formed the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern to acquire the western end of the former Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (DM&E) rail line from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The acquisition was completed on May 30, 2014 for $210 million. Most of its employees came over from the DM&E.
The Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern owns 670 miles (1,078 km) of track. The main line runs between Tracy, Minnesota and Rapid City, South Dakota with branches north to Colony, Wyoming and south to Dakota Junction, Nebraska. There are three short branches as well:
- Blunt, South Dakota–Onida, South Dakota
- Huron, South Dakota–Yale, South Dakota
- Redfield, South Dakota–Mansfield, South Dakota
- Blanchard, Roy (April 2015). "Daring to be different". Trains. 75 (4): 25–31.
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