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Rail - Produce Railcar Pool

Status - Construction
 Produce Rail Car Pool cold train "Cold Train"
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Frozen raspberries being loaded onto a "Cold Train"
Frozen raspberries being loaded onto a "Cold Train"
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April 2014

  • In 2006 the Legislature authorized WSDOT to provide a pool of refrigerated rail cars to haul perishable agricultural commodities.
  • The contract with Rail Logistics, who provided the produce rail cars, ended on March 31, 2012.

Why is WSDOT establishing a pool of refrigerated railcars for Washington's agricultural community?
To increase the number of refrigerated railcars, which left Washington growers with an inadequate supply during peak seasons. From August 2006 - March 2012, there were 876 refrigerated rail car shipments with more than 71 percent of shipments frozen fruit and vegetables. Eighteen percent were fresh and frozen potatoes, with frozen meat and seafood accounting for 11 percent of the shipments.

The End Result
A pool of refrigerated railcars available for Washington's agricultural community.

Project Benefits

  • Rebuilt refrigerated railcars available.
  • Railcars minimize the added wear and tear on state roadways.

What is the project timeline?
In August 2006 WSDOT signed a contract with Rail Logistics, LC to lease refrigerated railcars and to manage the fleet.

Financial Information

This project is funded through the following sources:

  • Federal funds - $1.984 million
  • State funds 2005-2015 - $200,000
  • Total Funding From All Sources - $2.184 million

How can I get more information?
Freight Systems Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407

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