Rail Logistics says it recently added 400 53-foot refrigerated containers to its express intermodal service from Washington state to the East Coast to support demand from food producers.
The company's Cold Train departs Quincy, Wash., and Portland, Ore., six days a week, to Chicago where product is transferred to trucks or handed off to railroads serving the eastern half of the United States. The door-to-door service takes about four to five days to the Midwest and six to seven days to the East Coast.
Rail Logistics, Overland Park, Kan., began the service in 2010, consolidating fresh and frozen food shipments and delivering reefer boxes to the Port of Quincy for carriage on the BNSF Railway.
Volume has grown from about 100 containers per month in 2010 to almost 700 containers so far this year and Rail Logistics said it expects to reach 1,000 shipments per month by the end of the year.
The company has customers in 19 states, from Wisconsin to Florida.
It recently began regular express service from Washington to Toronto.
Rail Logistics is able to fill some boxes with temperature-controlled food products and dry goods for the return trip back West.
Read "Cold Train transload
," to learn more about the Rail Logistics operation, refrigerated rail car transloading and a new express rail reefer service between Florida and the Midwest in the new issue of American Shipper