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Pennsylvania short line sets annual carload record


In 2004, The Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Co. (RBMN) moved 23,310 carloads — a 9 percent increase compared with 2003 and the most annual carloads since RBMN was formed in 1983. The 317-mile short has increased carloads the past four years.

Merchandise carloads — including paper, plastics and wine — rose 14 percent compared with 2003 despite the closing of a Techneglas plant in Pittston, Pa., and continuing drop in anthracite shipments.

"Working with our customers, we have been able to help them expand their business, thereby increasing our business," said RBMN President Wayne Michel in a prepared statement, adding that the short line spent about $2 million last year to improve track and increased service frequency for a number of shippers.

Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway also moved 93,658 carloads on RBMN's line last year. The Class Is use the route as a short cut between southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.

During RBMN's first year, the short line moved 86 carloads over a 13-mile line between Reading and Hamburg, Pa.

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