San Luis Central Railroad

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San Luis Central Railroad
Reporting mark SLC
Locale Colorado
Dates of operation 1913–Present
Length 13 miles (21 km)
Headquarters Monte Vista, Colorado

The San Luis Central Railroad (reporting mark SLC) is a railroad company based in the U.S. state of Colorado.[1] It was founded in 1913 to haul sugar beets from grower to processor. The railroad was acquired in 1969 by the Pea Vine Corporation and today operates freight traffic through a connection with the San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad hauling mainly grain, potatoes and fertilizer.[2] SLC is also a railcar owner, mostly refrigerator cars and boxcars.

The railroad is 13 miles (21 km) long, located between Sugar Junction (east of Monte Vista, Colorado) and Center, Colorado. The railroad owns two locomotives: Electro Motive Division SW8 number 70 and General Electric 70 ton locomotive number 71. The company is owned by Rail World, Inc., which is controlled by Ed Burkhardt. Burkhardt is listed as president of SLC.[2]


The company's headquarters is located at 2899 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista, Colorado 81144, at coordinates 37°34′29″N 106°06′47″W / 37.5746°N 106.113°W / 37.5746; -106.113Coordinates: 37°34′29″N 106°06′47″W / 37.5746°N 106.113°W / 37.5746; -106.113


  1. ^ Alistair MacDonald, Tom Fowler and Jesse Newman (July 9, 2013). "Runaway Quebec Train's Owner Battled Safety Issues". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Short Line Railroad Profiles: San Luis Central Railroad Company SLC #696". Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved July 14, 2013.