R&N Set Revenue, Carloadings Records in 2015

The Pennsylvania-based Reading & Northern Railroad said it posted record-breaking carload volumes and revenue records in 2015.

It handled 28,940 carloads, a 19 percent increase (4,500 carloads) from the previous record set in 2014.

The R&N handles wood pulp, paper, metals, food products, plastics, forest products, chemicals, minerals and anthracite coal.

The railroad said that its 2015 freight revenues broke the previous record by 30 percent. Much of the R&N’s growth came from new trans-loading and warehouse businesses.

R&N said it did well in all commodity areas except business related to the Marcellus Shale, which fell by about two-thirds.

“However, unlike other regional railroads, which saw their overall traffic decline, Reading & Northern was able to achieve spectacular growth due to its emphasis on customer service and its entrepreneurial focus,” said CEO and owner Andy Muller, Jr. “Our record breaking volumes for 2015 prove that our decision to offer our customers guaranteed service windows does grow the business. And in 2016 we are taking this commitment one step further by improving our already excellent service by hiring more crews and running more trains, and faster.”

A Reading & Northern sister company, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, posted a record in 2015 as well, by handling more than 100,000 passengers on its excursions trains.

The Reading & Northern Railroad, headquartered in Port Clinton, is a privately held company serving more than 60 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Wyoming).

It owns more than 1,000 freight cars and employs more than 200 people.

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