Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, regional freight railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming (NYSE:GWR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Genesee & Wyoming and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Genesee & Wyoming facts

Headquarters (founded)

Greenwich, Conn. (1899)

Market Cap

$4.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.0 billion


CEO John Hellmann (since 2007)

CFO Timothy Gallagher (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$29.3 million / $1.8 billion


Burlington Northern Santa Fe


Union Pacific

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 956 members who have rated Genesee & Wyoming believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star BoiseKen, succinctly summed up the Genesee & Wyoming bull case for our community:

They own LOTS of valuable intermodal track real estate. That is a moat a mile deep. The drop in coal shipments makes me a little nervous for the short term, but I think there are plenty of other commodities/goods to fill the gap. Over the long-run, trains are a cost-effective alternative to trucking. Choo Choo!