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10/10/2002



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

CSXT, TRANSFLO launch LPG gas distribution service



On Oct. 9, CSX Transportation and TRANSFLO Corp. introduced a liquefied petroleum-gas (LPG) distribution service, under which CSXT moves flammable liquids using TRANSFLO’s new portable rail-truck transfer equipment.


CSXT plans to offer the BTU Rail Direct service to propane and butane shippers at select sites within TRANSFLO's 81-terminal, 23-state network.


"The transfer equipment provides the customer investment-free flexibility to develop previously inaccessible markets," said Mike Ohorodnik, CSXT director-chemicals business development, in a prepared statement, adding that the service provides shippers a distribution alternative to congested pipeline terminals.


CSXT and TRANSFLO officials believe the service would increase LPG moves on rail but not compete with traditional rail destinations.


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