Genesee & Wyoming Inc. owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads, and provides railcar switching and other rail-related services. It operates in two segments, North American & European Operations and Australian Operations. The company transport various commodities, including agricultural products, chemicals and plastics, metals, metallic ores, coal and coke, minerals and stones, pulp and paper, intermodal commodities, petroleum products, food and kindred products, autos and auto parts, wastes, and other commodities. It owns or leases 116 freight railroads, including 103 short line railroads and 2 regional freight railroads located in the United States, 8 short line railroads located in Canada, 1 railroad located in Australia, and 1 railroad located in the Netherlands and Belgium, with a total of approximately 14,200 miles of track. The company also operates 1 longer-haul 1,400-mile railroad, which links the Port of Darwin to the Australian interstate rail network in South Australia; and approximately 3,300 additional miles of track that is owned or leased by others. It also provides industrial and port terminal switching, and contract coal loading services; car hire, rental, and repair services; demurrage and storage services; crewing and track access services; and railroad engineering, construction, maintenance, and repair services for short line and regional railroads, public-transit agencies, and industrial customers. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Darien, Connecticut.