Stillwater Central Railroad

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Stillwater Central Railroad (reporting mark SLWC) is a shortline railroad operating in Oklahoma.

A subsidiary of the Watco Companies, the SLWC operates over 275 miles (443 km) of track in the state from Sapulpa through Oklahoma City through Lawton to Snyder and has trackage rights over BNSF from Sapulpa to Tulsa, and from Snyder to Long. SLWC operates a branch from Stillwater to a connection with BNSF at Pawnee. Primary business is handling mined, mineral, and industrial products.

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In July 1998, SLWC leased 125 miles (201 km) of rail line from the State of Oklahoma: the line between Sapulpa and Oklahoma City and a branch line from Stillwater to Pawnee (geographically separated from the other line leased). In July 2014 SLWC agreed to purchase the Sapulpa-Oklahoma City line from the State of Oklahoma (while maintaining current levels of service), subject to approval by the Surface Transportation Board;[1] the STB approved the transaction on July 29, 2014.[2]

In January 2002, SLWC acquired from the BNSF and began operating 120 miles (190 km) of rail line from Wheatland (south of Oklahoma City) to Long. In January 2005, SLWC leased from BNSF a line from Wheatland to Oklahoma City.

In January 2010, in conjunction with BNSF, the Stillwater Central launched unit crude oil train service between the Bakken oil fields and terminal in Oklahoma.

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