Wednesday, April 08, 2009

California Northern goes high and wide

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RailAmerica short line California Northern Railroad (CFNR), which operates 250 miles of main track in three segments of the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Napa valleys, is hauling major components for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s new generating station in Colusa County, Calif.

gemma-power-systems-generat.jpgCFNR is moving oversize dimensional (“high/wide”) loads consisting of turbines, generators, compressors, modules, and other components—some as heavy as 540,000 pounds—for the state-of-the-art power plant. These expensive pieces of equipment require extra handling, specialized railcars, and special clearance due to their significant weight and size.

From the Port of Sacramento, the Sierra Northern Railroad ships the freight to West Sacramento. The Union Pacific then carries the freight to Davis. CFNR then moves the freight 75 miles to a spur in Delavan constructed specifically for the high/wide carloads. The freight is then moved by truck for the final four miles to the construction site. Shipments are anticipated to be complete in July. Construction on the Colusa Generating Station will be complete in summer 2010. The plant will be located in a rural area about five miles northwest of Maxwell, Calif., and will produce some of the cleanest energy available from natural gas.