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Thrasher announced the reefer program at the Idaho Grower Shipper Association’s 90th annual convention in Sun Valley, Idaho, Aug. 29. The railcars will cost $250,000 each, bringing the value of the contract to $400 million, if all 1,600 are acquired—one of the largest freight car acquisitions in UP history. Thrasher did not reveal the carbuilder, but a reliable source told Railway Age the builder is The Greenbrier Companies.
The new cars will replace aging equipment in UP’s reefer fleet. According to reporter Rand Green of Produce News, who was covering the IGSA Convention, “From the perspective of the Idaho potato industry, which has historically relied heavily on railroad transportation for shipments destined to major markets such as Chicago or the Northeast, the additional reefers are greatly needed. Union Pacific’s existing fleet of reefers is aging, antiquated, in decline and woefully inadequate to meet existing demand, a situation that has caused deep concern for shippers in Idaho. Existing cars are all at least 40 years old, and Idaho potato production has increased dramatically since they were placed in service.”
Thrasher was one of seven panelists participating in a workshop that addressed major transportation problems faced by the Idaho potato industry. Derek Peterson of Wilcox Fresh, a member of the IGSA board of directors, moderated the panel.
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