Railroad Short Lines & Regionals – Bryant family, Buckingham Branch


In 1987, at the age of 53, Bob Bryant bought a railroad.

He’d been a railroader for more than three decades, but wasn’t fulfilling a dream of owning his own line. He didn’t stumble upon a lucrative business deal that would yield millions. Bryant’s reasoning was simple: It centered around a love for his community and close family ties.

Those values and others — hard work, integrity and respect for others among them — served as the foundation upon which the Buckingham Branch Railroad was built. They helped make it possible for the Bryant family — Bob, his wife Annie, son Mark and daughter Lois — to buy, then grow the central Virginia operation from a 17-mile CSX Transportation branch line to a 275-mile short line employing nearly 100 people, whom the Bryants treat as extended family. And they will remain key to ensuring the railroad continues to grow and succeed in the years to come.

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