Strasburg Freight Traffic Booms

Although its passengers operations are on hiatus, the Strasburg Rail Road said it has seen a boost in freight traffic this month.

Freight traffic has risen by 169 percent over the 4.5-mile railroad.

News reports indicated the Strasburg has handled 43 incoming freight cars, which is 27 more than the same month a year ago and has another 28 cars en route.

“Railcars loaded with commodities such as wheat, oats, soybeans, corn and more are keeping local mills and other facilities in operation so consumer products like bread, Pop Tarts, dog food and even kitty litter can be adequately stocked on local grocery store shelves,” said Steve Barrall, vice president of guest experience.

The COVID-18 pandemic has, though, prompted the railroad to delay a project to expand its freight yard.

The $2.47 million project is being funded in part by a $1.7 million state grant.

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