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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Cowcatcher readers continue to embrace passenger rail, despite a trend that suggests other transit options are more road worthy. In a recent survey, readers say they have a soft spot for long-distance, light and commuter rail even though they are infrequent riders. Meanwhile, passenger rail and bus ridership are down nationwide, as Americans seek other transit modes that include ride hailing with services such as Uber and Lyft.
Uniting against tariffs
The Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA), the hobby industry’s trade group, is urging its members to speak out against proposed new tariffs that could significantly increase the cost of scale models, toys and other items imported from China. Many fear that tariffs we adversely effect the hobby and model train industries.
Renumbering Japanese hoppers isn’t as difficult as it may sound. An eraser and some simple tools are all that’s needed…
The Stockton Terminal and Eastern has something new that’s blue and green, and meets air quality standards in California…
The return of Union Pacific’s Big Boy was quite a show. See the image that one photographer captured as No. 4014 idled in Laramie, WY.
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BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Adding a little clutter to right of ways adds realism without overdoing it on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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The 51st Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in January packed more than 18,000 in the “Big E” in Springfield, MA, and new HO- and N-scale locomotives grabbed plenty of attention.
PIKO SmartControl light DCC System
Model railroaders seeking an affordable, easy-to-use DCC system for smaller layouts should consider the PIKO SmartControl light Basic Set. The set is designed for use with HO, N and TT layouts and has advanced features not seen in other entry-level DCC systems.
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