Is The BNSF The New CP In The Northeast Pa. Grain Business?

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A month ago I made a interesting discovery…. A small unit train of BNSF covered hoppers coming from the grain mills at Mt. Pocono, Pa.. (HERE’S THE ARTICLE IN CASE YOU MISSED IT). If you’ve been active in NEPA railfanning in recent times then you know that the Delaware-Lackawanna grain trains have been a domain of Canadian Pacific covered hoppers for around two decades. 

It was then that I raised the question; “Was BNSF taking Canadian Pacific’s place in the Northeast Pa. grain business?” And while, granted, everything I say is all speculation and theory, more proof of this possibility rolled by me today as I watched Train 37T from Allentown with a solid cut of BNSF covered hoppers.

Now, if you’ve been following this site for any amount of time then you know that blocks of CP Rail covered hoppers have been a common staple on this train for a long time, but today, there were none.

It also stands to say, that with all of the boardroom bickering and hostilities going on between NS and CP these days that it’s a not-so-far-fetched possibility that maybe the BNSF is becoming the new CP Rail in the Northeast Pa. grain business…. We’ll just have to keep our eyes open @ trackside to see if this theory pans out.



Is BNSF The New CP In The Northeast Pa. Grain Business?

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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