For RBMN, a Fracking SuccessWritten by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
Class II Reading & Northern Railroad (RBMN) took delivery of its first unit train of frac sand around 10:30 am on May 15. Norfolk Southern delivered the train to RBMN’s North Reading Yard.
RBMN crews were on hand to receive the train and immediately take it to the railroad’s Sand Storage facility in Pittston, Pa. The train arrived at Pittston at 3:30 pm., “exemplifying our premium freight service,” RBMN noted. “Last year, we identified a regional need for a transload terminal and began the process of building a facility in Tunkhannock, Pa. The Tunkhannock Transload Terminal opened earlier this year for Marcellus and non-Marcellus transload business. Frac sand is an anchor commodity of the terminal, and we expect to move significant tonnage through Tunkhannock.”
Reading & Northern Railroad, with corporate headquarters in Port Clinton, is a privately held regional railroad serving more than 70 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Wyoming). It has expanded its operations over the past 30-plus years and now handles more than 34,000 carloads of freight and 200,000 excursion train riders over 400 miles of track. RBMN, Railway Age’s 2020 Regional of the Year, operates freight services and steam and diesel-powered excursion passenger services, owns almost 1,400 freight cars, and employs nearly 300.