Frac sand rail terminal in the works

By |  July 19, 2016

Smart Sand Inc. plans to construct a $10 million railroad loading terminal near Tomah, Wis., to ship frac sand to new markets, reports The Associated Press, citing information from the La Crosse Tribune.

According to the AP, Smart Sand plans to utilize seven miles of looped track that could accommodate four trains longer than 1.5 miles. Smart Sand’s facility would handle sand from the company’s nearby mine in Oakdale, Wis., which opened in 2012. The mine sits along Canadian Pacific tracks, which provide a connection to North Dakota oil wells.

In addition, the new terminal would open up access to Union Pacific lines, creating a connection to customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, the company says.

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