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Cold Train to acquire more containers, add service


Rail Logistics recently announced plans to expand the Cold Train’s refrigerated container fleet to 300 53-foot containers and add several new destinations later this year.

In early 2010, Rail Logistics launched the Cold Train refrigerated intermodal service in partnership with BNSF Railway Co. and the Port of Quincy, Wash. The service has grown rapidly with shippers in Washington state and the Midwest, and shipments of Washington fresh produce, frozen foods and vegetables continue to grow at a fast pace, Rail Logistics officials said in a prepared statement.

The Cold Train currently hauls about 400 containers of fresh and frozen cargo per month to the Midwest, and is projected to move 600 containers per month by year’s end, they said.

In 2012’s first half, the Cold Train moved 100 test loads from Washington to Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New England. The Cold Train plans to offer regular service to and from those areas beginning next month.

“Our customers continue to trade highway miles for rail miles,” said Rail Logistics-Cold Train President Steve Lawson.

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