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Welcome to Tacoma Rail


Tacoma Rail has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 16 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 140 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in the greater Tacoma Washington area, handling in excess of 100,000 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. 


In celebration of 100 years, Tacoma Rail has a new book!  It can be purchased for $39.95 plus tax at the following locations:

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


Emergency Numbers


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

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