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. Pro Sands has initially committed to moving a minimum of 2,400 carloads a…
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As the U.S. energy market focuses more on natural gas and regulations related to environmental issues remain stiff on coal, fewer rail cars filled with lump, black coal are running on the nation’s rail network. In Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, the number of unit coal trains being loaded gets a little lower each year, yet the Black Thunder and Peabody operations see a steady stream of unit trains file in for loading. At those locations near Gillette and Wright, WY, loading crews work through rain, sleet, snow, frigid temperatures and blistering heat around the clock.
Overcoming the Challenge
The eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is the largest conifer in the eastern U.S. But the tree that grows throughout New England isn’t typically commercially produced for model railroads. Modeling these unique trees on the On30 Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway presented a challenge because the eastern white pine tends to be wide at the top and tapered toward the bottom. The branches are open to expose more of the trunk. But there is an easy way to replicate these big beauties, as author Pete Leach describes.
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