Badger Mining Corp. (BMC) recently completed work on a 4,500-ft. rail expansion project on rail siding near its Taylor, Wis., facilities, allowing the site to now hold up to three unit trains concurrently. For more than a decade, BMC’s three rail sidings have sat alongside the CN rail line in downtown Taylor, but until this project, could only hold approximately 70 railcars each. With the additional 1,500 ft. of rail on each siding, each track can now accommodate more than 100 railcars each. The additions reflect BMC’s continued focus on enhancing its distribution network.
“The ability to ship multiple unit trains effectively allows us to operate at the scale necessary to drive down costs in today’s market,” said Adam Katz, leader of sales and marketing at BMC. “Together with our partners at the CN, we recognized that unit trains are becoming a necessity in many markets and this expansion puts us at the leading edge of operational efficiency.”
The project again showcases the strong working relationship between Badger Mining and the CN. Aside from hauling many of BMC’s railcars, the railroad company has been a constant presence at Badger Mining facilities over the years as the mining company continues to expand its distribution system.
“CN has a long and successful partnership with BMC in Taylor and Wisconsin,” said Fiona Murray, vice president of industrial products at CN. “We’ve invested heavily in our corridor that runs between Taylor and Wisconsin Rapids to support the frac sand industry growth and allow our commercial partners like BMC to move more frac sand and develop a more robust supply chain.”
This expansion further enhances Badger Mining Corp.’s unit train service to many of its 28 transload locations throughout the United States and Canada.