Posts Tagged ‘frac sand’

R&N Receives 1st Frac Sand Unit Train

May 21, 2022

Pennsylvania regional railroad Reading & Northern said this week it took delivery of its first unit train of frac sand.

The train has handed off to R&N by Norfolk Southern on May 15 at R&N’s North Reading Yard.

R&N moved the train to a storage facility in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

The railroad last year created a transloading terminal in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, that will handle Marcellus and non-Marcellus transloading business.

Frac sand is expected to be the dominant commodity handled at the Tunkhannock terminal.

Pumpkin on NS Two for Tuesday

March 22, 2022

BNSF “pumpkins” leading trains on CSX or Norfolk Southern are not necessarily rare occurrences but they can still turn your head and lead you to press the shutter release button on your camera when you see one. I was in Goshen, Indiana, on the NS Chicago Line in early afternoon on Sunday when train 60E came east through CP 412 (top photograph) with a motive power consist of one BNSF unit on the point followed by two Union Pacific units trailing.

The train is handed over to NS in Chicago by Canadian National at Calumet Yard and then heads for Mingo Junction with a load of covered hoppers containing frac sand. It operates as needed. There is a another frac sand train that CN turns over to NS at Calumet Yard, the 60F, that interchanges in Radebaugh, Pennsylvania, to the Allegheny Valley Railroad.

In the bottom photograph, the 60E is passing Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is to the north of the tracks.

Sand Firm Locates on NS Line in Pennsylvania

January 28, 2022

A sand company has opened a transloasing facility on the Norfolk Southern Mon Line in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

The facility, operated by Smart Sand of Woodlands, Texas, has more than four miles of track and is capable of serving units trains.

It is located in the southwestern portion of the Marcellus Basin and is expected to be able to handle more than 1 million tons of frac sand per year.

Smart Sand provides frac sand (proppant) and related logistics services to the oil and gas industry.

Ohio Company Completes Loop Track

July 20, 2018

An Ohio company has completed a rail loop construction project at its facility in Hannibal.

Long Ridge Energy Terminal is the first in the Appalachian Basin to offer unit-train and barge transloading capabilities to its terminal, which is served by CSX.

In a news release, Long Ridge said the project was completed in response to the rapid increase in demand for frac sand and natural gas liquids associated with the Marcellus and Utica shales in Eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.

Long Ridge said it has put into service a rail unloading pit, a frac-sand conveyor belt system and frac-sand silos with total storage capacity of 23,000 tons. The company plans to commission a second barge dock in August.

West Virginia Frac Terminal Sold

September 26, 2017

Twin Eagle Sand Logistics has acquired a frac sand terminal near Bridgeport, West Virginia, from Process Transloading Bridgeport.

The terminal serves the southern Utica and Marcellus sand logistics markets with more than 130 rail-car spots and 20,000 tons of flat and silo storage, Twin Eagle officials said in a news release.

Twin Eagle is among the largest frac sand terminal developers and operators in the United States, with assets in the Eagle Ford, Permian, DJ and Powder River basins.

The Bridgeport terminal marks Twin Eagle’s entry into the Northeast sand logistics market, company officials said.

CSX to Serve New W.Va. Frac Sand Terminal

November 4, 2015

A ceremony held Oct. 27 marked the opening of second Unimin Emery Solutions terminal that will receive trains of frac sand from CSX.

The terminal is located in Benwood, West Virginia, and is the second in the region capable of receiving unit trains.
The Benwood terminal has nearly 20,000 tons of silo storage capacity and can load up to 55 trucks per hour.

The terminals are designed to serve the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.