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Railex LLC has scheduled a second weekly unit train from its new Delano, CA, freight-forwarding facility. The firm, a division of Riverhead, NY-based ADS Management, will begin offering the expanded service the week of May 3, with trains departing Wednesdays and Fridays, according to Paul Esposito, senior vice president of sales and logistics.

"The second train will offer the same consistent and expedited service that Railex has come to be known for over the past two-and-a-half years," Mr. Esposito told The Produce News. "We're very excited for new opportunities from the expanded service."

Railex offers guaranteed five-day service from its Delano and Wallula, WA, facilities to a third distribution terminal in Rotterdam, NY, just west of Albany.

The 55-car unit trains are moved across the country by the Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation, and always remain intact, which avoids shifting of products and potential time delays, according to Railex. The trains utilize 64-foot, refrigerated ARMN railcars that are equipped with global positioning satellite tracking, fresh-air exchange and temperature control.

Mr. Esposito said that the firm was "looking forward to the new California potato crop and the upcoming summer season. Railex is poising itself to offer shippers an alternate transportation solution out of California's Central Valley to distributors in the Northeast."

He noted that Railex has "hauled many commodities from California" since its facility opened there in October, such as broccoli; carrots; celery; citrus items such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit; lettuce; onions; potatoes; and tomatoes.

"Items like broccoli, celery lettuce and tomatoes haven't been hauled in conventional box cars in many years," he said proudly.

He added that its Wallula facility was "gearing up for the upcoming cherry season out of Washington state," and he urged those interested in finding out more about Railex's services to stop by the company's booth at the United Fresh 2009 trade show April 22-24.