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Ask Trains: Who really operates locomotive shops in East St. Louis?

By | September 4, 2019

Published: Sept. 4, 2019

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Q: I recently visited the Foster Townsend facility by the river in St. Louis and was informed that it is now part of Metro East Industries. Can you confirm? — John Foster, Gloucester, England

A: Upon checking with railfans familiar with St. Louis, they confirmed that the shops you visited are leased out to Metro East Industries. These are their main shops, in East St. Louis, Ill. However, Foster Townsend Rail Logistics still exists as part of Patriot Rail, with operations throughout the United States. Patriot Rail has recently agreed to be acquired by Australia-based First State Investments. — Trains staff

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