Ship It Cold, Ship It Fast: How UP, CSX, and Railex Make Refrigerated Transport a Hot Business

This article explains how moving fresh fruits and vegetables across the country has been revolutionized by introducing express refrigerator trains, which takes five days or less compared to two weeks. Trucks have been able to transport perishables across country in five days, but this is the first time trains have been able to deliver this service. The article describes the new service launched by Union Pacific, CSX, and Railex LLC that assigned a Z-train symbol to the Railex reefers allowing the train to bypass classification yards and receive priority main line handling. The inaugural run left Wallula, Washington on Oct. 19, 2006 and pulled into Rotterdam, New York just three days later with 55 carloads of potatoes, onions, apples and pears. A new loading and unloading process at both ends is also responsible for the speedy service. Service is currently just once a week, but is expected to expand to two or more as demand increases.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p 34
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  • Accession Number: 01042987
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 1:58PM