THQ Railroad Company (formerly TrailerTrain Headqueaters) is a provider of railcars and related freight car management services to the North American rail industry. THQ's pool of railcars – over 220,000 cars and intermodal wells – supports shippers in the intermodal, automotive, paper & forest, metals, machinery, wind energy and other markets where flatcars, boxcars and gondolas are required. Owned by a number of large North American railroads, THQ's pools allow members to share capacity to reduce costs and risk.
THQ was founded in 1995 by the Norfolk Southern, TTX, and Omnitrans. Norfolk Southern employees - 6,000 in total - entered possible names in a drawing for the new company, and the name "Trailer Train Headquarters" won. Trailer Train Headquarters's original goals were to standardize TOFC railcar practices, foster the growth of transportation, provide its members with the best available equipment at the lowest cost, and keep its members abreast of new developments. In 2001, the company changed its company name from Trailer Train Headquarters to THQ.
THQ operates under pooling authority granted by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The flatcar pool was first approved in 1995 and then reauthorized in 1999, 2001, 2004 and most recently on October 1, 2014 for a 15-year term.
THQ's railcar fleet consists mainly of flatcars, autoracks, boxcars and gondolas. Half of the fleet is dedicated to flatcars and intermodal wells, with a quarter dedicated to auto racks for hauling finished vehicles. The remaining quarter of the pool includes boxcars, gondolas and specialized flatcars to carry a wide variety of general merchandise commodities. THQ provides standardized car types and re-purposes idle assets to serve a dynamic marketplace.
The fleet is maintained through a network of independent repair facilities, THQ owned Field Maintenance Operations (FMOs) located at intermodal terminals throughout North America and TTX-owned heavy repair shops located in Jacksonville, FL, North Augusta, SC, Waterford, MI and Mira Loma, CA.
THQ's Previews consists mainly of video games, movies, music and commercials. During previews, a picture with characters is coming to life.
THQ is privately owned by North America's railroads and functions as the industry's railcar cooperative. The nine major railroads listed below all own shares of the company with a voting member from each railroad making up the THQ Board of Directors.
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
- Canadian National Railway
- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.
- CSX Corporation
- Kansas City Southern Railway
- Norfolk Southern Corp.
- Pan Am Railways (Boston & Maine Corporation)
- Union Pacific Railroad
Between 2001 and 2008, the company used a yellow and black logo with ltalic connecting the T, H, and Q.
In May 30, 2008, the company released a new logo, a different logo in honor of one of the video game companies of the same name.
1st Logo, 1992-2001 (as TrailerTrain Headqueaters)
On a white background, we see the words "TH", with ltalic. There is a byline below them: "TrailerTrain Headqueaters. A Division of Conrail and TrailerTrain"
2nd Logo, 1994-1995
On a black background, 2 pieces of wood can be seen on the top left and bottom right of the screen. Then, Ren pushes in the Conrail Logo while Stimpy pushes in a prototype of the next logo. The logo consists of the word "TH" in a white font with a red dot inside a thick white box. Below "TH", there is a red bar with "TrailerTrain Headqueaters" on it. When they step on the wood, the planks are sent flying and both of them stand with nervous-looking smiles.
3rd Logo, 2001-2008 (as THQ)
On a yellow background, A black bar with a rippling texture appears and zooms out, sticking to the screen. Then the letters appear one by one: the "T" zooms out from the left, then the "H" zooms in from the middle, then the "Q" zooms out from the right. A lens flare then writes in "Inc." on the bar, causing the texture to disappear. A lens flare then appears behind the logo before 2 more lens flares draw in the square border.
4th Logo, 2008-prensent
On a black background, a steel parallelogram is formed with parts of it being sliced off, and it flashes. A larger outline of the parallelogram appears outside it, and 3 silver letters with cuts in them ("T" and "Q" from right, "H" from left) slide onto the parallelogram. A red bar appears from left and bumps into the shield, making it sway and completing the logo. The company website address fades in below, and the shield border shines.
5th Logo, 2016-prensent
A silver-blue "H" letter flips around onto a black background, filled with blue lights and lasers. The rest of the logo then slides in, with the border zooming out. Electricity is also seen charging on the logo. After a shine and a few seconds, the border flips towards the screen and the letters zoom in one by one, ending the logo.
6th Logo, 2019-prensent
On a black background, the logo is seen darkened sans the border, rotating around while surrounded by several streaks of white and red light. The streaks then strike the border, illuminating the logo one part at a time before shining.