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Welcome to Tacoma Rail

Centennial LogoTacoma Rail has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 14 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 200 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in greater Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., handling in excess of 165,000 freight shipments per year.

Tacoma rail is self-funded, just like a privately owned railroad, generating tax revenue for the City of Tacoma and Washington state. Unlike a private railroad, our rates are cost based, providing our customers with low-cost, high-quality rail freight service.


Our Mission

Tacoma Rail provides services that are vital to the economic well-being of our customers.

Doing Business

Key Contacts

Emergency Numbers

TSA / security: (866) 615-5150
Crossings: (877) 811-8180
Other emergencies: (253) 396-3161

Other Numbers

Operations / car tracing / service questions (24 hours)
(253) 396-3161

Rates / new business / industrial sites
(253) 396-3339
Billing and payments
(253) 396-3339

General information:
(253) 502-8819

Used railroad tie sales:
(253) 396-3283

General Information


Tacoma Rail personnel are employees of the City of Tacoma. Except for management, employees are represented by one of several labor unions, depending on craft. All Tacoma Rail employees are covered by the Railroad Retirement System.

Job openings are posted on the City of Tacoma website and hiring is handled through the City's process. Learn more about open positions and current hiring.