Another Short-Line Railroad Revived by Marcellus Shale Drilling

Chalk up the resurrection of another short-line railroad to drilling in the Marcellus Shale. As MDN previously reported, the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad tripled its cargo traffic in just a few short years from drillers who need carloads of sand. We now have word of a rail line brought back from the dead in Luzerne County, PA due to Marcellus drilling activity:

DURYEA – Investment spurred by Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration has transformed an antiquated, weed-ridden rail yard just north of Pittston into a state-of-the-art transloading terminal teeming with rail and trucking activity on an almost daily basis.

Over the last year, Reading & Northern Railroad Co. sunk $100,000 into Pittston Yard, laying new track to accommodate 100 new rail cars and constructing a facility to store and hold up to 800 cars of sand to be used in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” operations at Marcellus Shale drill sites throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, said Reading & Northern President Warren A. Michel.

“The reason for our success is that we are the largest facility in the region capable of handling hundreds of rail cars of sand. We now have 130 (sand) rail cars at the yard and we’ll be expanding substantially over the next six months,” Michel said.*

*Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Mar 26) – Old Duryea railroad yard taking on new life