Solving Freight Needs Across Industries
Photo by Wayne Owen
8 Class I Railroad Connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern
The Buckingham Branch Railroad provides eight interchanges with Class 1 railroads, four each with CSX and Norfolk Southern. The availability of interchanges with competing Class 1 railroads for connections to North America and the world ensures our customers can find the best possible freight rates and schedule. The BB has excellent working relationships with both CSX and Norfolk Southern and can help prospective freight customers cut through the red tape to get accurate and timely freight rate and delivery information.
Direct Rail Freight Services
The Buckingham Branch offers world-class freight service to customers as part of our 7-day-a-week operations. As a short line railroad the BB can give individual attention to our freight customers in terms of modifying schedules if needed to accommodate changes in production schedules. The BB has 40+ freight customers across our four rail divisions, ranging from international corporations like Klockner Pentaplast to local customers like Luck Stone quarries. The Buckingham Branch moves a wide variety of freight, from heavy industrial materials like stone and lumber, to chemicals required for fertilizer production, to gases such as butane, to finished food and beverage products like beer and wine. Our freight trains run regular schedules Monday through Friday and special trains as needed on weekends. We have eight train crews. Some of our freight customers include WestRock, Augusta Cooperative, Bakery Feed, Bear Island Paper, Buckingham Slate, Builders Specialty, Dominion Power, Argos, Koppers, Klockner Pentaplast, Luck Stone, Martin Marietta, Stella Jones, Sunoco, and Mid-Atlantic Transload.
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Transload freight service combining long distance rail delivery with the first or last few miles by truck to or from your industrial facility is the fastest growing sector of the rail freight industry. The Buckingham Branch has provided transload rail service for more than 30 years. We currently have 12 transload service locations across our four rail divisions, the Buckingham, the Richmond & Alleghany, the Virginia Southern, and the Norfolk Division. The availability of Buckingham Branch transload service means that your industrial or distribution facility can take advantage of the cost savings of long distance rail freight transport whether or not you are located on one of the Buckingham Branch rail lines. Transload service greatly expands the number of industrial and distribution facilities across Mid-Atlantic Region that can consider Buckingham Branch rail service.
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Rail Car Storage Services
Rail car storage services are available from the Buckingham Branch for both short term and longer term storage. The BB has several hundred car spots on sidings across all four divisions, the Buckingham, the Richmond & Alleghany, the Virginia Southern, and the Norfolk Division that are available for railcar storage. BB car storage services can serve your needs for both loaded and empty freight cars. Contact us to learn more about the availability of car storage services and the costs of these services.
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Car Switching Services on your Site
Industries with high volumes of freight cars and limited sidetrack at their industrial or distribution facility often require the switching of loaded and empty freight cars in and out of their industry track. It can be expensive to purchase and maintain the power equipment and to train and maintain employees on your payroll to perform these services. The Buckingham Branch has train crews and locomotive power available to handle your freight car switching needs at your facility. Contact us to learn more about how these BB switching services can save you money.
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Passenger Excursion Trains
Join us for a nostalgic journey! The Buckingham Branch Railroad collaborates with the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Preservation Society to offer seasonal excursion trains on weekends during the spring and fall. The BB also offers special Santa trains in December.
Departing from the picturesque Dillwyn Station, our vintage diesel powered train winds through the rolling hills and deep forests of an unspoiled landscape in the heart of Central Virginia. Don't miss the opportunity to join Santa Claus for a special Christmas time train ride!
To learn more contact the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Preservation Society, which handles all passenger services.