LPG storage in rail cars is a market focus for PFL’s Rail Group. The winter has been mild, the spread is flat and thus demand for structured forward hedging for storage involving rail cars has been slow. While spring is here, April is projected to be colder than normal sending natural gas higher over the last couple of days. We remain somewhat bullish that the summer will bring demand for LPG loaded pressure car storage as we prepare for next year’s heating season. We have several fine storage assets, well served by rail, proximity to market; Pacific Northwest, Upper Mid-west, Western Ontario and South Eastern PA. In tanker car news, we are seeing lease returns churning, forcing cherry picking and car resets. This is healthy for a variety of reasons. As the tanker market works to balance itself, cars preparing for return enable overall inventory management for both fleet and the storage owner. Fleet managers are realizing the challenges with execution on a finite schedule with track constraints. Here’s an example. A client has several hundred cars stored on a 3.5 mile stretch of track. The cars are due for return @ May 30th and must be cleaned. The track owner has two areas able to stage the cars, each approximately eight cars long. The cars are advanced each day @ 4:00. Basic math shows this is challenging to complete by deadline. Bad weather, equipment breakdowns and excess heel in the cars quickly destroys that schedule. A fleet with a variety of lease expiration dates requires cutting out the cars to return, and resetting for last cars out. This may sound simple but requires some thinking as well as more track. We are assisting by helping clients sort out the execution of cleaning, maintenance, and reorganization of car sets.

PFL also represents several thousand, strategically located LPG loaded car storage spaces.

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PFL would like to remind all fleet managers that storing cars with petroleum residue over the long term will slowly destroy the cars. Corrosive commodities left inside a car will destroy the interior of the car. For those who currently have cars in storage, it is important to note that leasing companies will not accept cars that have corrosion damage. Very Expensive blasting is required to make a car suitable for return or new service and effectively doubles the cost of cleaning a fleet compared to getting the job done before they are stored months at a time. If you are looking to store cars with remaining residue, or have dirty cars already in storage we can arrange for these cars to be cleaned in a cost effective manner.


Email: team@pflpetroleum.com
Phone: 239-390-2885

Western: $3.00-$10.00/day +$150-$350 switch

CA---150 spots---BNSF/UP served

CO---800 spots---BNSF/UP served (HazMat available here)

ID---120 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

MT---75 spots---BNSF/UP served

NM---50 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

OR---400 spots---UP served (HazMat available here)

WA---200 spots---BNSF served (HazMat available here)

WY---500 spots---BNSF/UP served

Northeastern: $2.00-$8.00/day +$100-$275 switch

MA---100 spots---CSX served (HazMat residue available here)

ME---250 spots---CN-CP-NS served (HazMat available here)

NH---40 spots---CSX served

NJ---50 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

NY---300 spots---CSX/NS/CP (HazMat available here)

PA---500 spots---NS served (HazMat loaded LPG available here)

WV---30 spots---CSX served (HazMat available here)

Midwest: $3.25-$20.00/day +$124-$500 switch

MN---800 spots ---BNSF / CN served HazMat Loaded LPG

IA---300 spots---BNSF/UP served

KS---100 spots---BNSF served

IL---350 spots---UP/CP/CN/CSX served (HazMat residue available here)

IN---350 spots---BNSF/UP/CSX/CN/CP/NS served (HazMat available here)

MN---900---BNSF/CP served (HazMat available here)

MT---140 spots---UP/BN Served

NE---900 spots---BNSF/UP served (HazMat Available here)

OH---490 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

South: $2.00-$30.00/day +$125-$500 switch

MS---350 spots---BNSF/CN served (HazMat available here)

MO---275 spots---BNSF/KCS served

NC---100 spots---CSX/NS served (HazMat available here)

TN---1500 spots---CN served (HazMat available here)

TX--1410 spots---UP/BN served (HazMat available here)

VA---200 spots----NS served (HazMat available here)

LA---75spots---KCS served (Hazmat residue available here)

Canada: (US Dollar Prices) $4.00-$20.00


Foremost, AB--- 50 spots CP Served

Nova Scotia

Stellarton---100 spots-CN served>


South Western Ont. 500 spots CN / CSX HazMat loaded LPG

North Bay---350 spots-CP/ONTC served

Sault Ste. Marie---70 spots-CN/CP served

Hamilton---100 spots-CN/CP served


Charny --- 50 spots CN served

Richmond---147 spots-CN Served

Boisbriand---205 spots-CP served


Email: team@pflpetroleum.com
Phone: 239-390-2885


PFL is pleased to announce a new version of its trading platform easyTrade. This new version features a brand new Railcar Workspace. Access to the whiteboard is FREE of charge. In the Workspace, you can view the cars available for lease/purchase and cars wanted to lease/purchase. Buyers and Sellers will meet at easyTrade, disseminating your market pricing to hundreds of companies instantaneously.

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