Reading and Northern (RBMN) has announced the first cars have been unloaded at their newest rail-truck transload at NorthStar/BlueScope (NSBS), Delta, Ohio. NSBS operates one of the most efficient, lowest cost, hot steel electric arc steel mills in North America. NSBS is in the midst of expanding production at their Delta, Ohio mill and was interested in improving delivery of Anthracite coal from Pennsylvania.
R&N’s efforts cap a multi-year effort to convert shipments of Anthracite from truck to rail. In early 2018, Reading and Northern began working with NSBS to establish a transfer center adjacent to its’ mill in Delta, Ohio. RBMN supplied unloading equipment, secured dedicated pneumatic trucks and negotiated with one of NSBS’s suppliers to locate a site to unload rail cars and load trucks. RBMN also purchased additional covered hoppers required to meet the supply needs for the steel mill.
RBMN’s ability to bring together trucking and transloading services, make investments in rail cars and unloading equipment made it easy for NSBS to convert 100% of their Anthracite business from truck direct to rail-truck. With RBMN Customer Service managing shipments and providing all stakeholders with daily pipeline reports, RBMN provides NSBS service levels that are far superior to trucking. The railroad adds that they’re excited about the Delta, OH transload center join their family of transfer centers in; Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and South Carolina that have helped RBMN shippers of Anthracite reach their customers by rail; reducing logistics costs and improving service to steel mills located throughout the United States.
Reading & Northern thanks their partners; Norfolk Southern Railroad, Indiana and Ohio Railway, Ag Trucking and Metal X. Their efforts made this new business possible.