Union Pacific and CSX Introduces New Fresh Produce Service
Omaha, Neb., October 26, 2006 Fresh produce from Washington has arrived in New York State aboard Union Pacific Railroad’s and CSX Transportation’s new dedicated produce unit train. The service, made available through agreements with Railex LLC, began October 19, 2006, with the train arriving at its New York destination October 22.
The 55-car train consisted of new refrigerated boxcars that can carry as much as four truckloads of produce each. The high-speed travel time - 124 hours - is achieved partly by keeping the train intact from its loading point until arrival as a "unit" at destination.
"We believe this new service will provide a competitive shipping option for fresh produce from Washington to New York compared to over-the-road transportation," said John Philp, Union Pacific Railroad, assistant vice president - food and refrigerated products.
"CSXT is very pleased to be part of this innovative project with Union Pacific and Railex," said Donna Cerwonka, CSX director-food and consumer. "The unique service allows the fresh products the nation depends upon to reach your neighborhood stores quickly; the efficiency of rail also conserves fuel and takes trucks off our nation’s congested highways."
The refrigerated boxcars are a new generation of 64-foot railcars with enhanced insulation, energy efficient cooling systems and GPS monitoring to ensure proper temperature control. The unit train is designed to carry products such as apples, pears, onions and potatoes. In addition, this new service opens the gateway for a variety of other highly perishable commodities currently transported by truck. The train will provide Washington perishable shippers with both a high-speed and reliable transportation alternative while offering the cost savings that rail provides.
The train, originating in Wallula, Wash., and terminating in Albany, N.Y., will include a seamless interchange in Chicago. Railex, LLC, a division of AMPCO Distribution Services, will own and operate both new loading and unloading centers and will manage handling and distribution of product on each end.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
About CSX Transportation
CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX), based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. CSX Corporation owns CSX Transportation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. The railroad's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. CSX Corporation also owns CSX Intermodal, which is the nation's only stand-alone integrated intermodal business serving clients from origin to destination with its own truck and terminal operations and a dedicated domestic container fleet. More information about the company is available at www.csx.com.
For more information, contact Mark Davis, Union Pacific, (402) 544-5459 or Meg Sacks, CSX, (904) 366-2949.
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