State Line Opens Rail Pilot Program

By Staff Writer July 27, 2021


On June 22, after many years of work and planning, SLAA’s Vehicle Transload Facility loaded and shipped the first automobile from their on-site rail siding. This rail project was started in 2009.

The experience and data gained from this pilot project will hopefully result in regular shipments from SLAA’s Vehicle Distribution Center via rail throughout the continental United States.

Forty-five GM Financial vehicles from State Line’s GMF Distribution Center were loaded onto auto transport railcars (“auto racks”) and moved via rail from Waverly to the Norfolk Southern Voltz Vehicle Mixing Center in Kansas City. Their ultimate destination was the ADESA Auto Auction in Kansas City.  

“We are extremely proud of this project,” said Paul Barber, State Line partner and owner. “I would like to commend all of our employees who were so helpful and gained a great deal of knowledge in this new-to-us business realm of railroads.

“We had individuals who loaded vehicles at this inaugural event that have been involved from the beginning of rail development. They helped to complete tasks such as site work and heavy construction.

“We are also very thankful for our long-standing relationship with GM Financial as they worked with us to design and execute this pilot program,” Barber said.

This event marked a collaborative pilot project between General Motors Financial, Gold Star Resources, Norfolk Southern, State Line Auto Auction, and Waverly Trade Center, with assistance from New York State Department of Transportation, Tioga County, New York’s Industrial Development Agency, and Erdman Anthony, consulting engineer.

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