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Discussion Board - Re: Volatile Grain Market

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01-31-2021 09:12:26

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Went to town Friday and going over the RR tracks I came upon a grain train, maybe 100 cars just sitting there. Cars were interrupted where road/driveways crossed which told me that somebody has shipped but the shipper is waiting for better prices. Probably going to Houston to be exported when the time is right.

What I don't understand is that this isn't a siding. It's a well traveled set of rails and I don't know how they can block it like that.

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02-26-2021 12:55:46

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 Re: Volatile Grain Market in reply to Texasmark1, 01-31-2021 09:12:26  
I went to town again yesterday and those grain carrier cars were still there. So I checked my odometer and that train is about 3 miles long, with breaks where roads and driveways cross the line. What I don't understand is that is a single main (I guess it's a main of some sort) line and I have seen trains on it. To have it blocked off and used as a "parking lot" makes me wonder......what happened to the traffic it normally carries?

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02-26-2021 21:28:19

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 Re: Volatile Grain Market in reply to Texasmark1, 02-26-2021 12:55:46  
The rail companies do odd things sometimes, anyhow from the outside looking in.

Here grain goes to the Pacific Northwest, and its been real slow for several years, dont see many trains. Now the past 2 months, trains rolling all the time.

I dont think thry have gone to the super long ones here, with the engine in the middle to help pull. Maybe still about 105 cars or so as the normal.


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