Patriot Rail Company LLC, an operator of regional and freight short line railroads, a scenic excursion trail, and rail-related services companies, has acquired Denver-based Pioneer Lines, a railroad holding company, from BRX Transportation Holdings.

The acquisition advances Patriot Rail’s growth expansion, increasing the Jacksonville-based company’s short line operations from 16 to 31 railroads. Now, Patriot Rail serves customers with operations in 23 states.

“We are pleased to bring Pioneer Lines railroads into Patriot Rail,” says John Fenton, Patriot Rail’s chief executive officer. “Doubling our footprint across the U.S. furthers our commitment to exceed customer expectations as a best-in-class rail partner. Patriot Rail takes great pride in delivering value to our customers with safety always as our core foundation, and our expansion will drive deeper commercial and logistics relationships.”