We’re pleased to announce the addition of two new marketing staff members to our family of railroads: Ronald Klein and Susan Walsh-Enloe. Ron and Susan bring years of rail and logistics industry knowledge to our operations, and are valuable additions that will help us better interface with our customers as we move forward. Together they will work to expand our customer base and market the potential of both of our railroads. You can reach Ron or Susan through our website or by using the contact information below:
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Our long-time customer CertainTeed has expanded its operations at Northfield Avenue in Raritan Center, adding more warehouse and reload space to better meet needs of the construction industry in the Greater New York and New Jersey Metropolitan Region. CertainTeed is an industry leader in the production and supply of high quality gypsum board products. Its Northfield Avenue reload and warehouse is a modern, high-volume facility tailored to the rapid movement of this important building commodity into the Northeast marketplace. CertainTeed handles all common sizes of gypsum board on both center beam flatcars and boxcars. The Raritan Central Railway provides CertainTeed with daily switching and customized services to meet their needs. Raritan Center’s direct access to I-95 allows the products to be moved to distributors and job sites throughout the Northeast corridor quickly and efficiently.
Our railroads participate in many philanthropic endeavors, but none more important than our support of gold star families and the remembrance of their sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives in recent conflicts around the globe. The staff at the Pennsylvania & Southern Railway recently repainted one of our locomotives to honor the fallen servicemen of Flight Extortion 17. Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook military helicopter carrying 30 American servicemen, 7 Afghan commandos, one interpreter, and a Navy SEAL K9, was on a mission to reinforce an Army Ranger unit in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan. The helicopter was headed toward a landing zone when it was hit by a Taliban RPG round, killing all aboard. It was the single worst loss of American lives in the Afghanistan campaign. Stars on the cab of the switcher bear the names of each of the fallen, while the lettering on the frame reads “Extortion 17” and “Never Forget”.
This fall the Raritan Central Railway partnered with the local Newark Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy to host a series of presentations at the Raritan Center Business Park. The series featured briefings on important and timely issues facing our nation’s law enforcement and security personnel; such as cyber security, financial threats, active shooter awareness, and human trafficking. The presentations were held at the Raritan Center Business Park and were free to all attendees. Leading law enforcement experts were present at each seminar and made themselves available to answer questions during the seminars and the following luncheons. The Newark Chapter of FBI Citizens Academy is part of a national organization that supports local, state, and federal law enforcement through community engagement, education, and outreach. Find out more at fbincaaa.org.
The Pennsylvania & Southern Railroad, Cumberland Valley Business Park, and the Franklin County General Authority recently completed an $800,000 rail improvement project designed to improve rail access in Chambersburg. The rail upgrades reinforce the importance of rail services to the future growth of the Cumberland Valley Business Park and the Letterkenny Army Depot.
The project included work at three important rail junctions. The first location was at the south gate by the CSX interchange, where the cross-over into the park was completely rebuilt and reconfigured to better handle increased traffic levels. The second part of the project saw the lead track to Classification Yard #2 rebuilt and upgraded. Finally a new wye bypass track was installed to help streamline operations. In all the three locations the scope of the rebuild included new ties, rail, switches, and ballast.
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The Raritan Central Railway was recently granted permitting to construct a new, 60 carspot, food grade terminal on Sweetwater Lane in the Raritan Center Business Park. Construction on the new terminal will start later this spring and more than double our existing capacity and improve switching times for our customers. The double track facility will be paved allowing full access by truck. It will be able to accommodate both single carloads and unit trains of liquid and bulk food grade shipments arriving in tank and covered hopper cars.
The food grade transload will be able to handle include corn syrup, flour, sugar, grains, and other bulk products. Both shippers and end-users will be able to take advantage of a full range of 3PL services offered by our logistics partners within the Raritan Center Business Park. Services include warehousing, packaging, cross-dock, import/export and distribution options. The transload is also only 15 miles from the Port of NY/NJ, allowing international shipments to be transloaded to railcar for shipment throughout the country using our Class 1 connections CSX and NS.
Look for more information in the next issue of The Switching News.