Arizona Eastern Railway Company AZER #91

Nature of Firm

AZER owns and operates freight service from Bowie to Miami, Arizona, (135 miles) and Lordsburg, New Mexico, to Clifton, Arizona, (67 miles). All traffic is interchanged at Lordsburg, New Mexico, with AZER having trackage rights over UP between Bowie, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico, (48 miles). Traffic includes perlite, copper concentrates, copper rod, copper anodes and copper cathodes.


The line was built by the Gila Valley, Globe & Northern Railway, chartered on January 5, 1895. During construction, the company came under control of the Arizona Eastern (AE). It was completed in January 1899. Southern Pacific gained control of AE in 1905 and merged it into its system in 1924. The line was purchased by Kyle Railways on October 11, 1988. Kyle was purchased by short line holding company StatesRail in 1995. StatesRail and its subsidiaries were then purchased by RailAmerica in 2001. RailAmerica sold AZER to Permian Basin Railways in December 2004. In 2008, AZER purchased the Clifton Subdivision from UP. Included in the purchase agreement were trackage rights for AZER on the UP line between Lordsburg, New Mexico, and Bowie, Arizona. In August 2011, AZER was purchased by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Company Information
Company AffiliationGenesee & Wyoming Inc.
Interchange PointsLordsburg, NM
Agreement TypeHandling Carrier
Information Exchange MethodRMI