Railex will add a second train service next month to transport produce between Rotterdam and Wallula, Wash.
Company officials said customer demand and the overwhelming success of the first five-day train service established last year is the reason for the additional train. The second weekly train will leave for Rotterdam starting Feb. 9, according to Railex.
Since October 2006, the company has hauled produce such as potatoes, onions and apples from Washington to Rotterdam, where it is then routed by truck to purveyors along the eastern seaboard. Railex now serves nearly every regional food purveyor, including Golub Co.’s Price Chopper supermarket chain, Sysco Foods, U.S. Food Services, Stop N’ Shop and Wal-Mart.
The 55-car Railex trains typically make the 12-state journey in 124 hours or less. Each boxcar is climate-controlled and outfitted with a global positioning system transponder, which allows both Railex and its customers to track shipments along the way.