Looking to the Future

Unit Train Rail Expansion Project
In conjunction with our growing industrial sand business, it became necessary to expand our unit train rail loading and storage capacity on Canadian Pacific from 140 cars to 500+ cars. As a result, Pattison has embarked on a very ambitious project that will connect our current loading facility to new unit train holding tracks on the other side of the bluff.
This project will require excavation of nearly 10 million tons of aggregate material which must be removed in order to place an additional 27,450 feet of track to store cars. At completion, Pattison will have the ability manage four unit trains at the site at the same time.

This will be CP’s first unit train facility on the Mississippi River. It will allow Pattison sufficient rail capacity to keep pace with frac sand production of up to 3 million tons/year and aggregate production of up to 3 million tons/year. The project, when completed will also allow full integration with barge loading capability for sand, grain and other aggregates on the Mississippi River.


Since Pattison will be using the expanded rail facility for both sand and aggregate moves, other railroad efficiencies will also be gained. Our expanded ability to hold more cars for immediate loading of either commodity when required will allow the CP to provide faster turn-around times and more consistent delivery service to our customers. These efficiencies along with the flexibility of shipping aggregates to fill CP’s available capacity going by Clayton are also expected to make our high quality sand and aggregate delivered value more competitive and give us greater potential market reach. These competitive advantages will help ensure Pattison will be a long-term player in both markets.


Pattison’s aggregate operation also benefits our regional highways. Our rail-served aggregate operations will eliminate hundreds of thousands of truck highway ton-miles annually that would otherwise cause wear and tear on roadways delivering aggregate from quarries to these distribution locations. Pattison’s rail-served aggregates also allow the opportunity to cost-effectively deliver its high quality aggregates to those areas having only poor quality local sources.

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