The Paducah & Louisville Railway (PAL) is a full-service, 280-mile regional Class II railroad. We are 286k compatible with continuous welded rail, 100% signaled and CTC. This means that our rail is compatible with any Class I and is maintained to the highest standards. We connect directly with four of the seven North American Class I carriers: the BNSF and CN (Paducah, KY), CSXT (Madisonville, KY), and NS and CSXT (Louisville, KY). Having these multiple Class I connections means, in most cases, we can reach any destination market in the continental US with just one interchange switch away.
Our service is further enhanced by our geographic proximity to the nation’s interstate highways and inland waterway systems. We have a close relationship with barge carriers and serve several rail-barge-rail transfer facilities on the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Several bulk terminals, warehouses, and rail-truck-rail transload facilities are also located on our line. These many connections and transload facilities provide our customers with multiple rate and route alternatives that allows our customers to be very competitive in their markets, while the PAL provides the flexible, responsive rail service they deserve. We utilize our local knowledge and expertise and work closely with all of our transportation partners to secure the best possible price and service packages. We currently handle a broad range of commodities including, but not limited to: coal, chemicals, auto frames, crushed limestone, lumber, food and agricultural products. We serve over 100 industries, and handle approximately 150,000 car loads annually, originating or terminating 99% of these loads.
Our motto is Expect Excellence and we pride ourselves on the fact that our customers have grown to expect nothing less than that. Our track record of providing safe and reliable service is something that all of our customers can attest to.