From Progressive Railroading:
Establishing the largest pipe yard in North America. Landing a contract to store and distribute cement. Forging a partnership to transload soybeans in export containers.
Those are some of the deals swung by Republic Short Line Railroad (RSL) over the past few years that either are paying off or soon will result in additional carloads and storage charges. The short line was established three years ago in a Massillon, Ohio, logistics park to provide transloading, storage and warehousing/laydown services. Owned by Massillon Logistics, RSL operates five tracks and interchanges with CSX (via R. J. Corman Cleveland Line) and Norfolk Southern Railway.
In 2004, Massillon Logistics founders Steve and Dave DiPietro acquired more than century-old steel mill properties totaling 465 acres and created the Massillon Energy & Technology Park. It took a number of years to demolish several large buildings and clear the site, then determine the optimal business options for the park — some of which initially didn’t involve rail.
Massillon Logistics eventually created RSL and four other subsidiaries to operate at the park: Republic Trucking and Logistics, Ohio Freight Car Services, Tiger Sand & Gravel and Tiger Tarps & Liners. The company since has sought opportunities to exploit its vast amount of rail- and truck-served land, as well as to capitalize on the short line’s access to two Class Is.
One major opportunity presented itself in 2014, when Energy Transfer Partners LPwas seeking a large area to store pipe, components and equipment for its planned Rover Pipeline in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The 713-mile pipeline will be used to pump natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to U.S. markets in the Great Lakes, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions, as well as to points in Canada. One segment will run from eastern Ohio to southeastern Michigan.Click here to read more of this article.
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