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11/29/2007



Rail News: Logistics

MeadWestvaco kicks the tires on CSXT's service to consider shifting freight from truck to rail



MeadWestvaco Corp. might replace trucks with trains to ship paper to the Port of Virginia. The papermaker recently completed a trial run with CSX Transportation, Lydall Distribution Services and the Virginia Port Authority to move paper from a Covington, Va., mill to the port.

The mill produces about 22,000 tons of paper monthly, most of which will be transported by rail if the trial proves successful, MeadWestvaco said. The shipper estimates a transfer to rail will remove more than 400 trucks per week from Virginia's roads.

"Each shipment moving on CSXT from MeadWestvaco to the Port of Virginia [also] will reduce pollution and save fuel," said Kyle Hancock, vice president of CSXT's industrial and agricultural marketing group, in a prepared statement.


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