TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED RAIL

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Get on track with smarter rail solutions

Leverage the largest private fleet of refrigerated and insulated rail cars in North America to safely ship your food and temperature-controlled products. With our seamlessly integrated rail system and services, you have better rail options that cater to your shipments and your budget.

Rail also helps increase sustainability in your business model. With one railcar providing the capacity of up to four truckloads by weight, rail is the preferred mode for companies that desire to lessen their overall carbon footprint.

Diversify your supply chain resources

It’s time to go beyond the freeway. With temperature-controlled rail, you’ll not only diversify your transportation portfolio, you’ll strengthen it. Our robust rail system provides the timeliness and efficiencies that are crucial to shippers in today’s cold chain.

 

Enhanced visibility, more predictability

The evolution of private rail is changing the game, offering more flexibility and cost savings than ever before. Lineage’s rail management programs give you real-time information and the visibility to track, trace and expedite railcar shipments anywhere in North America.

2500+

BOXCARS

1500+

MECHANICAL REEFERS

1200+

SUPER-INSULATED BOXCARS

As a Logistics Provider, Lineage provides a complete menu of Rail Management Programs (RMP) to support and enhance our customers' leased railcar programs. We tailor the scope of our services to match our customer's needs and expectations. Lineage's RMP services include:

  • Daily tracking and tracing
  • Expediting both loaded and empty rails
  • Freight bill pay & audit
  • Monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or yearly analysis
  • Comprehensive equipment utilization data and complete fleet cycle time data
  • Economic analysis that shows rail transportation costs and savings vs. other transportation modes
  • Full rail supply chain network analysis including geographic site selection, order deployment, inventory planning, transit time evaluations etc.
  • Rail industry consulting

In 2021, our team managed over 42,000 carload shipments for our customers.

Lineage Mechanical Protective Services (MPS) provides a complete service solution for reefer operations. All of our refrigeration units are equipped with satellite and cellular (dual mode) communication capabilities. The Lineage Mechanical Refrigeration team monitors the reefer units of our entire fleet on a 24/7/365 basis. Our MPS team oversees and manages all reefer repairs, preventive maintenance, and fueling.

MPS monitors:

  • Refrigeration unit operations, any mechanical issues are immediately addressed
  • Remote fuel level monitoring, to ensure constant reefer operations
  • Cargo Damage - Impacts are recorded with our built-in accelerometers
  • Cargo Security - GPS monitored door open sensors
  • Cargo Quality - Constantly monitoring temperatures

LRS is committed to sustainability. For 2022 LRS achieved the following:

  • Total Carloads – 32,881
  • Lbs. Moved by Rail – 5,131,559,228
  • Total Tons Moved by Rail – 2,565,780
  • Total Diesel Gallons Savings – 28,786,434
  • Total Tons of CO2 Saved – 322,408
  • Trucks Removed Off US Highways – 122,180

Integrated Railcar Repair was launched in September of 2017 out of a need in the marketplace for a reliable and trustworthy repair shop that is car owner and customer focused. We have hired a team of skilled railcar repair technicians with over 50 years combined industry experience. We currently have locations in Riverbank, CA, Woodland, CA, Vale, OR and Burley, ID. We are the Running Repair Agent for the Sierra Northern Railroad.

Services

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Repair and Inspections
  • Wheelset Replacement
  • Re-stenciling
  • Diesel Fuel Filtering/Cleaning
  • General Freight Car Repairs
  • Mobile Capabilities
  • Interior Cleaning
  • Reefer Unit Swaps

To complement our railcar leasing programs Lineage provides rail consulting and network analysis. Our goal is to ensure that our customers get all the benefits of a successfully managed rail program.

Rail supply chain management services include:

  • Comprehensive equipment utilization and complete fleet cycle time data
  • Monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or yearly analysis
  • Rail industry consulting
  • Daily rail fleet management
  • Expediting both loaded and empty railcars
  • Economic analysis that shows rail transportation costs and savings vs. other transportation modes
  • Freight bill pay & audit
  • Full rail supply chain network analysis including geographic site selection, order deployment, inventory planning, transit time evaluations etc.
64’ Mechanically Refrigerated Boxcars (64’ Reefers)

Our 64’ interior-length boxcar is better suited for perishable commodities that will “weigh out” a railcar before the products “cube out” the available space in the car.

Ideal Commodities for a 64’ reefer are:

Cheese | Butter | Frozen Poultry | Frozen Pork | Frozen Beef | Fresh Potatoes | Fresh Onions | Beverages

72’ Mechanically Refrigerated Boxcars (72’ Reefers)

Our 72’ interior-length boxcar is designed to carry perishable commodities that are lighter weight and require a maximum amount of interior volume.

Ideal Commodities for a 72’ reefer are:

Frozen French Fries | Frozen Vegetables - Bulk Totes | Frozen Vegetables - Finished Case Goods | Confectionary Products | All Light-Weight Packaged Goods

68’ heavily Insulated Boxcars (68’ Insulated)

Our 68’ Insulated railcar is manufactured with high density insulation and is specifically designed for temperature-sensitive commodities. The cars do not have mechanical refrigeration, they are designed to protect commodities from freeze and reduce temperature fluctuations in transit.

Ideal Commodities for a 68’ insulated railcar are:

Wine | Juice | Beer | Bottled Water | Canned and Jarred Goods | Any Commodity Needing Freeze Protection

60’ Heavy Insulated Boxcar (60’ Insulated)

Our 60’ Insulated railcar is manufactured with high density insulation and is specifically designed for temperature-sensitive commodities. The cars do not have mechanical refrigeration, they are designed to protect commodities from freeze and reduce temperature fluctuations in transit.

Ideal Commodities for a 60’ insulated railcar are:

Beverages | Canned Goods and Jarred Goods | Items > 2400 pounds Per Pallet | Any Commodity Needing Freeze Protection

MODES FOR EVERY MOVE

The more reliable ride for food

Cold Storage Warehousing

Our network of sophisticated, strategically located cold storage facilities is built to protect the integrity of your products and your brand.

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Managed & On-demand Truckload Solutions

Big needs, small needs and every need in between. Our network combines speed, service and savings to reinvent your transportation experience right from the start.

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Multivendor LTL Consolidation

Put our retail knowledge, expertise and scale to work. We handle the multiple requirements of retailers’ full network of customers to help keep things simple.

Supply Chain Engineering

Lineage can help you plan smarter and take your supply chain to the next level using cutting edge technology and advanced data analysis.

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Miles of Benefits

Save money and reduce your carbon footprint with every mile traveled.

Monitor Every Mile

GPS and temperature/door sensors provide real-time tracking information to follow every railcar.

Customer Support

With decades of experience, we’re here to make every journey simple - from rate negotiations to the total coordination of all your rail moves.

24/7 Mechanical Protection

Our mechanical support team is watching and standing by to ensure the safety and integrity of your product are never compromised.

A Smarter Design

The capacity you need is combined with temperature control options to perfectly transport your products.

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