Humboldt Industrial Park

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Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby rr503 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:10 pm

Hey all,

I was wondering if there was a list of rail customers in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
Also, the RBMN and NS seem to have a plethora of interchanges. Is their a primary one, or is it just which ever one is closest?
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby pumpers » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:31 pm

The June issue of Railpace had an article about the R&N Humboldt operation. It said there are 70 companies in the park, 10 currently served, 9 more w/ sidings but not being used, and 9 more empty sites for development that can get rail. Scanning the article, of the 10, I see International Paper, Pro Con warehouse, Karchner Logistics, Cargill, & Quad Graphics. Can't help on the other 5. In 2014, 4600 cars were handled, before the takeover. JS
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby CaptainHaddock » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:40 pm

Also, it looks like they serve Office Depot, First Quality Nonwovens, Freedom Corrugated, Graham Packaging, Pretium Packaging, and Worldcolor Hazleton. I don't think that Pro Con is an active shipper, but I might have missed something. I have that same issue, I usually buy a magazine on sight if it has the RBMN in it. (I subscribed to TRP mostly because there's a lot of RBMN articles by Mike Bednar in it.)
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby pumpers » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:24 pm

Thanks for the rest of the list. My Quad Graphics is the same as your Worldcolor I think. QC bought Worldcolor about 5 years ago.
Regarding ProCon, I was going by what was written in the Railpace article or the picture captions ( not that Railpace always gets it right, and things may have changed since the article was actually written...)
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby CaptainHaddock » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:49 pm

I was looking at the map so that may account for the discrepancy, especially since the map dates back to when WC Hazleton was independent.
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby Tom_E_Reynolds » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:06 am

Why did NS give up the Humboldt operation?
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Re: Humboldt Industrial Park

Postby pumpers » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:53 am

Good question. It's well known NS is trying hard to prune the system of light traffic lines, but they kept the industrial park right next to Hazleton I believe (not sure of the name, Valmont?), so they presumably are still running from Allentown up to Hazleton every day still anyway. And it would seem they are keeping a track from Allentown all the way to Hazleton mostly just for that traffic. (Is there any other significant traffic north of Allentown? Is NS still running the daily round trip through the Lehigh Gorge ? ) And I don't imagine that the industrial park next to Hazleton is generating that many more carloads than Humboldt. So I could see them getting rid of both industrial parks (and giving up the line from Hazleton through Weatherly down the the Lehigh River (M&H junction?), or even all the way down to Allentown), or neither, but not just one of the two industrial parks. But I'm just an armchair quarterback.
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