Patriot Rail Expands Integrated Freight Service Capabilities


HYDRA joins Patriot Rail Company

(Jacksonville, Fla., December 4, 2023)—Patriot Rail Company today announced it has assumed ownership and operations of Hydra Distribution & Rail Services and Hydra Transport, leaders in warehousing, transloading, distribution and logistics services.

For over a decade, HYDRA and Patriot Rail have built a strong partnership to customize comprehensive logistic solutions at the state-of-the-art facility in McClellan Park, California served by the Patriot Rail Sacramento Valley Railroad (SAV).  Integrating HYDRA’s warehousing and distribution expertise into the Patriot Rail portfolio now provides Patriot customers across the country with a first-class suite of customized freight transportation services.  

“We are excited to fully incorporate the skilled Hydra team into Patriot Rail,” said Patriot Rail CEO John E. Fenton.  “Taking the successful operation we’ve built together in California across our rail network elevates service offerings to our customers from coast to coast and further strengthens our position in the industry.”

“Patriot Rail is ideally positioned to take HYDRA to the next level nationally,” said HYDRA, President Dave Chambers.  “We have built tremendous synergies to mutually benefit our customers.  This integration is a natural progression and will allow our dedicated warehousing and logistics group to deliver the premier Patriot Rail service across the country.”

The new integrated Patriot Rail Hydra Logistics & Warehousing operation will be a standalone division of Patriot Rail.  The division will be headquartered out of its Sacramento, California location.  HYDRA executive Dave Chambers will lead the new Patriot Rail service unit.

About Patriot Rail

Patriot Rail owns and operates over 30 short line freight railroads across the country together with three nationally recognized scenic excursion trains. As the third-largest short line holding company in North America, Patriot Rail has a presence in 24 states. Supporting services for customers include railcar storage, transloading, and engineering, real estate and logistics planning and assistance. For more information, visit


HYDRA is a third-party logistics company that uses the efficiency of rail side service, combined with innovative warehouse, transloading and transportation services, all customized to create and provide unique, all-in-one, logistics solutions to their customers. Service capabilities include warehousing, long-term/short-term/temporary inside and outside bulk goods storage options, transloading, cross-docking, distribution, trucking, transportation, diversified material handling, and rail side services. For more information about HYDRA, visit

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