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John Barnhill Jul 15, 2007

  1. John Barnhill

    John Barnhill TrainBoard Member

    Tennessee Southern Railroad Adds New Customers and Locomotives

    BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patriot Rail Corp., a short line and regional railroad holding company, today announced that its Tennessee Southern Railroad (“TSRR”) has secured rail freight business with three new customers that will add an estimated 900 - 1,200 carloads annually. In addition, TSRR has commenced taking delivery of six refurbished locomotives painted with Patriot Rail’s new red, white and blue color scheme.

    The three new customers are: Hassell & Hughes Lumber Company, located in Collinwood, Tennessee; Synagro Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas; and Smelter Services Corporation, located in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. Including these customers, TSRR anticipates moving approximately 7,000 carloads of freight annually and serves a total of 32 customers.

    Hassell & Hughes will be moving bagged and palletized hardwood pellets via TSRR from the Port of Florence to locations in the Northeast and West. TSRR, utilizing its intermodal and transload services at the port, will transload material moved by truck to a warehouse in Florence to rail boxcars.

    For Synagro, TSRR completed extensive track work in order to secure new traffic that will be interchanged at Natco, Tennessee. TSRR will be receiving shipping containers on rail flatcars at Natco and moving them to Coal Island in Florence, Alabama. At Coal Island the containers will be offloaded and then placed in storage or loaded directly on trucks for delivery.

    At its Mt. Pleasant location, Smelter Services will be shipping out aluminum castings in boxcars and receiving salt and potash in covered hoppers. In order to secure the move, TSRR worked with Smelter Services to develop a new spur track layout. The 1,200-foot spur track, being built with the help of Crouch Engineering, has potential for increasing carload traffic to Smelter Services in the future.

    “This new business demonstrates how short line railroads such as TSRR work closely with customers to provide customized transportation service solutions in a cost efficient and safe manner,” said Stan Wlotko, Patriot Rail’s Senior Vice President – Operations. “TSRR General Manager Matt Prince and his team have done a tremendous job taking advantage of the railroad’s unique port access and intermodal service capabilities to secure these new customers.”

    TSRR has also commenced taking delivery of 6 refurbished GP-10 locomotives painted with Patriot Rail’s new color scheme. The locomotives, provided by National Railway Equipment Company, have been upgraded with N-Force technology and will replace older locomotives in TSRR’s fleet. The N-Force technology is a wheel slip system that allows a 1700 horsepower locomotive to have the traction effort of a 2300 horsepower locomotive, thereby allowing the railroad to move more carloads with the same number of locomotives. The locomotives are also the first with Patriot Rail’s new corporate-wide paint scheme of red, white and blue with gold trim and lettering. The front of the locomotive has the Patriot Rail logo while the railroad’s name is displayed on the locomotive’s side panel. The Company anticipates painting its entire fleet of locomotives with this color scheme.

    Patriot Rail Corp. is a short line and regional freight railroad holding company based in Boca Raton, Florida. The Company currently owns and operates two short line freight railroads comprising 212 total rail miles – the Tennessee Southern Railroad in Tennessee and the Rarus Railway in Montana. For more information on Patriot Rail Corp., contact Wayne August at (561) 443-5315 or visit us at www.patriotrail.com.
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    When I see "TSRR", I always think of Texas State Railroad...

    Sounds like they're doing some aggressive marketing. Great news! Maybe the Class 1 people will eventually awaken to their mistakes, and re-start doing the same.

    Boxcab E50
  3. Triplex

    Triplex TrainBoard Member

    Since GP10s are around 50 years old, what are they using now?
    This makes no sense. Tractive effort depends on weight, not horsepower.
  4. Robbman

    Robbman TrainBoard Member

    Tractive effort depends on weight times the coefficient of friction of steel on steel... modify the coefficient, and you'll get higher TE for any given weight. Higher TE allows more cars to be moved per given speed.
  5. conraildan2

    conraildan2 New Member

    this railroad is so silly lol. I worked there in 2007, they didn't get gp10's they were actually ex santa fe gp9u's. of course no one would believe me and they were nothing but old junk power with a shiny paint scheme. they should have just stuck with their ex conrail b23-7's which had higher horsepower and were technically a lot newer having been built in the 70's and 80's

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