In May, “wagon” loads of grain are expected to be brimming Down Under on trains operated by Pittsburg, KS-based Watco Companies for CBH Group of Western Australia. Trains are moving ahead of schedule and should be in full force once more equipment arrives. CBH, a farmer-owned cooperative established in 1933, awarded Watco a 10-year grain rail contract in late 2010. Watco is providing logistics, which includes operations and scheduling, tracing, and railcar and locomotive maintenance and inventory control. In February, 50 of 574 new wagons or cars being produced arrived in Western Australia and went into action sooner than expected. On March 30, Watco ran the first train from Merredan to Kwinana Terminal. The train consisted of 50 wagons hauling more than 35 tons of wheat. “Given the record harvest just gone and the need to get better performance from rail to meet our export task, we pushed hard to…
Category: Short Line Railroads
Patriot Rail Corp. was busy in the final months of 2011 in Louisiana and Arkansas. The short line and regional freight railroad holding company based in Boca Raton, FL, signed a rail car service agreement and added new frac sand business. The company owns and operates 12 short line freight railroads comprising approximately 500 rail miles in 12 states. In November, Patriot Rails’ Louisiana and North West Railroad (LNW) signed a five-year agreement with Pro Sands Processing, LLC, a frac sand supply, storage and delivery company serving the oil and gas industry. Pro Sands will lease 10 acres at LNW’s new Iron Ridge Road transload facility in Gibsland, LA. LNW will deliver freight carloads of frac sand to Pro Sands there, and the product will be dried, processed and transloaded to truck for delivery throughout the region. Transportation companies in need of assistance from accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services…
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A Majestic View
The view of the Grand Pacific Northwestern Railroad is spectacular, but that doesn’t begin to describe Bob Bandy’s labor of love that has spanned two decades. But the 2,600-square-foot museum-quality layout in Bandy’s Colorado Springs-area basement isn’t just for show. The former commercial artist, while inspired by John Allen’s famous Gorre & Dephetid, created the GPNR as a history lesson for young enthusiasts, a feat to motivate the next generation of model railroaders.
A Ride on the Rose
The Portland Rose was the premier train between Portland and Chicago when it replaced the Portland Limited in 1930. It yielded that position in 1937 when the streamliner City of Portland began operating on the same route, but UP maintained high standards on the Rose all the way through the advent of Amtrak in 1971, making the Rose one of the longest lived name trains.
Model makers Micro-Trains and Kadee miraculously escaped the Oregon wildfires, although some employees lost their homes…
A North Texas rail industry manufacturer has become a key player in Positive Train Control while building antenna farms…
NMRAx on Facebook and YouTube has brought together the NMRA’s membership during the pandemic…
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