Cold Train expands reefer container fleet

As a result of continued growth, Cold Train has recently expanded its Washington state-based refrigerated container fleet to more than 400 state-of-the-art Hyundai 53-foot containers while adding new destinations on the East Coast.
Cold Train is now delivering refrigerated cargo from Washington and Oregon to these 19 states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. Additionally, Cold Train has begun regular express service from Washington and Oregon to Toronto, Ontario.
The train service departs both Quincy, WA and Portland OR six days a week, and its door-to-door service takes approximately four to five days to the Midwest and about six to seven days to the East Coast.
In early 2010, Rail Logistics launched the Cold Train Express Intermodal Service in partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Port of Quincy in Washington state. Since the Rail Logistics’ Cold Train refrigerated expedited intermodal freight service was launched, it has grown in popularity with shippers in Washington State and the Midwest and East Coast, and shipments of Washington State fresh produce and frozen foods on the Cold Train continue to grow. More recently, Cold Train began a similar eastbound express intermodal service from Portland that delivers to the same destinations and locations as it does from Quincy.
Cold Train is also bringing frozen and refrigerated foods and some dry goods back from the Midwest and East Coast to Washington State and Oregon. In other words, the service ships loaded or full containers both directions to maximize use of equipment.
In 2010, Cold Train shipped about 100 containers of perishable commodities per month from Washington state to the Midwest. In 2013, Cold Train has been transporting nearly 700 containers per month of refrigerated products from Quincy and Portland and expects to hit 1,000 shipments per month by the end of 2013.
Continued growth in business has also resulted in Cold Train hiring more staff and adding more office space at its headquarters office in Overland Park KS.
Cold Train has stepped up its marketing efforts and recently participated in the Midwest Produce Council Expo. as well as the US Apple Outlook Conference in Chicago. It will also be exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in New Orleans LA from October 18-20. Cold Train and Hyundai will be displaying a new Cold Train container at the IANA (Intermodal Association of North America) Expo. from November 17-19 in Houston TX.
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