What makes Transmark different from other transloaders?
- Transmark is a large facility that gets daily service from CP. Customers can expect prompt service to get cars in and out and avoid demurrage fees. With 59 tracks, Transmark can handle large volumes of cars with space to marshal unit trains. Graveled and compacted gravel areas allow crane and trucking crews to operate in the yard year-round. Security is a high priority and the facility has cameras, lights, and automated gates to keep intruders out.
What are you seeing in the market? When do you see markets coming back?
- We are seeing customers who are looking to use rail to ship their products often switch to trucks. More product handling using rail vs direct trucking makes rail uneconomical in some cases. We see rail becoming more competitive if trucking rates go up with the price of fuel. Demand to transload petroleum products from truck to rail will come back when oil prices go up.
Are there any new projects or developments that Transmark is working on now?
- We are diversifying our value to customers by building railcar repair facilities where cars can be cleaned, inspected, and repaired. This allows customers to have storage, transloading, and repair services in one location and avoid sending cars to different facilities. The shops will enable productive repair services year-round. For transloading, we are expanding our laydown area to handle windmill projects.
What is Transmark currently doing in transloading?
- We are moving dry bulk feed grains using our 25,000 bph system. We are also working with some customers to move steel and rig mats. Currently, canola oil and soy oil are being transloaded at our facility for food processing plants in the area.
Is there something you would like to share with our members that people may not know about your company?
- Transmark is located 50 minutes north of the Canada/US border where there is an interchange with BNSF in Sweetgrass Montana. We are also located on Highway 4 which connects to the I-15 interstate. It’s an excellent corridor into Alberta for both rail and truck.
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