SPSR’s headquarters and Customer Service are based at Benson, 35 miles from Tucson—one of America’s fastest growing urban areas.
San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad serves regional businesses in Cochise County from connections with Union Pacific’s Los Angeles – Chicago main line at Benson and Willcox, Ariz.
The San Pedro & Southwestern is owned by ARG Transportation Services, which acquired the line in November 2003 from RailAmerica, Inc.
SPSR’s chief sources of traffic are agricultural chemicals, feed grains and building products. The line’s rail-to-truck transload facility at Benson offers customers savings from lower rail rates coupled with the convenience of truck delivery.
SPSR’s oldest predecessor dates to 1888, when the Arizona and South Eastern Railroad built a 60-mile line from Benson to Bisbee, eventually becoming part of the Southern Pacific. It was successively bought by Kyle Railways in 1992, StatesRail in 1997 and RailAmerica in 2002.
The railroad is laid with heavy 112-to-132 lb. rail, accommodating today’s heavier 286,000-lb. gross weight cars. SPSR replaced 3,000 crossties in 2007. In addition, we added 1,500 crossties 2013 and bridges were strengthened.
San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad serves the Central Arizona Commerce Park located in Casa Grande, Arizona conveniently located between Tucson and Phoenix.
San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad (SPSR) began rail service to the Central Arizona Commerce Park (CAZCP) in Casa Grande, Arizona in 2011. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers is the first customer at the park. SPSR has been under contract with developers since 2009 to link the 580-acre industrial park with the Union Pacific main line. The railroad will offers switching rail services to all tenants of the park.