Launched in early 2010, the "Cold Train" Pacific Northwest-Chicagoland Express Refrigerated Intermodal Service operates in partnership with BNSF and the Port of Quincy, Wash. It now serves shippers in Washington State and the Midwest , including businesses in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa, providing shipments of Washington State fresh produce and frozen foods and vegetables.
Rail Logistics says Cold Train shipped approximately 100 containers of perishable commodities per month from Washington State to the Midwest, but by 2011 the number of shipments increased to about 300 containers per month. This year Cold Train is hauling close to 400 containers of fresh and frozen cargo per month to the Midwest. Projections call for more than 600 containers per month by year end.
Spurred by the growth, Cold Train has send 100 test loads from Washington State to Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New England. Regular Cold Train service will be offering regular service to/from these areas beginning next month.
Rail Logistics-Cold Train President Steve Lawson said, "Our customers continue to trade highway miles for rail miles. We are excited to provide additional capacity and service to meet the needs of our current and future customers in 2012 and beyond."