Union Pacific shutters Cold Connect service (5/12/2020)


Customers were notified late last week that Union Pacific Railroad is ceasing operations of Cold Connect, a Loup Logistics service that moves refrigerated products from the West Coast to UP's warehouse in Rotterdam, New York.

On May 8, employees were informed that the service would permanently close and most Cold Connect-related positions have been eliminated, said UP spokesman Tim McMahan in an email.

"This decision was not made lightly," McMahan said. "Since acquiring the Railex assets in 2017, employees diligently worked to grow volumes and create a platform for the future; however, with COVID-19 impacting volume and truck prices, it is no longer sustainable to continue operations."

Customers were notified that May 8 was the last day that inbound orders would be accepted, McMahan said.

"Our intention is to deliver on all product in transit, until it meets its final destination," he added. "A reduced staff will temporarily remain in position to execute these final commitments."

Source: Progressive Railroading Daily News