LOVING, N.M. — A 150-car freight train recently delivered 16,500 tons of sand for oil and gas fracking to a facility in southeastern New Mexico.
Rangeland Energy said the unit train powered by five locomotives started its journey in Ottawa, Illinois, arriving Oct. 2 in Loving. The train was operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and finished its journey on Southwestern Railroad.
Rangeland said the train’s 150 cars were the most carried by a major U.S. railroad on a unit train carrying fracking sand. The previous longest was a 140-car Unimin Energy train hauled by Union Pacific in July.
The Clovis News Journal reports that Rangeland’s facility in Loving is the center of rail transportation for outbound crude oil and condensate and inbound sand for use in hydraulic fracturing in the area.
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