About Us

In 1986 William Drunsic (NERR President), along with two visionary partners, formed the Nashville and Eastern Railroad to resurrect short-line freight rail operations over 110 miles of neglected, soon-to-be abandoned track in middle Tennessee. Since its initial start-up the NERR has worked collaboratively with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority (NERA) to invest over $90 million into essential rail infrastructure improvements and upgrades. Over the years, 110 miles of main line and 130 miles of active track have been reconstructed, 85 bridges upgraded or replaced, and 3 miles of new branch-line built. Today, the railroad runs multiple train crews daily hauling bulk merchandise and unit train traffic for over 30 industrial customers. In 2006, the Tennessee Regional Transportation Authority initiated commuter rail service between the Nashville and Lebanon stations on the first 32 miles of the NERR. The first commuter service line in the state, its six daily trains haul over 1200 passengers per day.

Industrial Development

Looking for a rail-served site? Let our team help you identify and secure rail accessible parcels along our Nashville & Eastern and Nashville & Western properties. There are numerous benefits to locating your operation on our NERR or NWR railroad, including:

  • Strategic location within major expanding southeastern markets
  • Experienced in transloading and warehousing facilities
  • Connection to a Class I railroad partner in Nashville
  • Assistance with site selection and coordination with local economic development directors
  • Engineering and logistics services
  • Unit train storage available
  • Railroad Avenue – Lebanon

    A (20.03) acre highly desirable industrial site in two adjoining tax parcels zoned M-2 (light Industrial) with railroad spur and other site improvements including public water, sewer, electric and gas. Excellent direct access to I-40 and located with NERR Lebanon yard. Tract subdivisible. Contact sdrunsic@nerr.com for more information.

    490 Industrial Drive - Mt. Juliet

    Ideally located 61,000 s.f manufacturing & distribution center on 4.182 acres inside industrial park with rail spur serving west dock bay doors. All utilities on site, ceiling height of 24'. Contact sdrunsic@nerr.com for more information.

    We Pride Ourselves

    • Exemplary Serivce
    • 25 Years of History
    • Continued Traffic Growth
    • Focus on Safety


    The NERR is a junction settlement carrier and connects with its Class I interchange partner, CSX, at Nashville Southern Junction with an interchange at Vine Hill. The line consists of a 110 mile main line and four branch lines, the Vine Hill branch, Old Hickory branch, the Carthage Branch, and the Crawford Branch. The NERR operates over class II and class III track and is 286K unrestricted between Nashville and Lebanon stations. The NERR hauls multiple commodities including metals, plastics, aggregates, sand, lumber, corn syrup, aluminum, pulpboard and scrap paper.

    The NERR maintains two transload yards in Old Hickory and Cookeville that both serve a large number of truck-captive manufacturers within a 300 mile radius. As well, there is track storage space for up to 200 cars for storage or forward-staging of both empty and loaded railcars. The NERR maintains a locomotive and car repair facility in its Lebanon yard.

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    NERR Gallery


    NERR and NWR collectively serve more than 50 industrial customers

    • Dupont
    • 3M Company
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    • The Coca-Cola Company
    • Rogers
    • LoJac
    • Siemens
    • Georgia-Pacific
    • FortunePlastics
    • Kenwal Steel
    • Hoffman Transport
    • Royal Oak
    • Polymer Group