Independent Locomotive Service, Inc. & Independent Locomotive Leasing LLC began operations in 1981.

Frank Nesbit worked for the Soo Line Railroad as an apprentice, and then was later promoted to a machinist before becoming a general locomotive foreman. After more than 20 years of service with the Soo Line Railroad, Frank decided he wanted to go into business for himself. With a rented railroad car shop, a fleet of service trucks, and a team of dedicated employees ILS began providing customers with the locomotives, parts, and service that was very much needed in a growing industrial switching and shortline railroad market. Now more then 30 years later we have the experience and resources to satisfy the needs of our customers. 

Frank’s knowledge in the industry has allowed him to branch out into the Short Line Railroad business becoming an owner in the Minnesota Northern Railroad serving North Western Minnesota, The St. Croix Valley Railroad serving East Central Minnesota & the Dakota Northern Railroad serving North Eastern North Dakota.

Independent Locomotive Service & Independent Locomotive Leasings owners, management and dedicated staff are committed to supplying our customers with the best service possible now and into the future.