Friday, November 16, 2012

Cargill loop track will tap CSX service

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Cargill announced Friday that it is adding a loop track at its grain elevator in Tuscola, Ill., to gain access to CSX service and expand the market for local corn and soybeans to the Eastern/Southeast U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico.

The $6.4 million project is to be completed by spring of 2013. The rail loop, which will accommodate 110 grain cars, will be around the perimeter of 200 acres at the Cargill site. If all the cars were in a straight line, they would stretch for more than a mile.

Cargill, which also has access to CN and UP lines, noted that Tuscola "is somewhat rare in having the intersection of three major rail lines."