In the meantime, other operations are underway that ship gas
liquids, such as propane, in LPG railcars.
The Rook Railyard, part of the
Wheeling & Lake Erie RR (W&LE), grew in 2011 due to increased
inbound shipments of frac sand and outbound shipments of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Tractor
trailer loads of LPG are brought into the railyard and loaded onto
railcars for shipment to markets outside the Pittsburgh area.
In early 2012, one of the major
processors of wet gas in the Pittsburgh tri-state area began construction of a new rail spur from
Westland, Pa to a connection with the W&LE southwest of Pittsburgh. MarkWest plans to
initially rail-out 30 railcars of propane per day
from their Houston Pennsylvania gas processing plant to the W&LE
mainline, and eventually shipping four 50-railcar trains (200 railcars)
of propane per day.
This page takes a look at
'propane trains' and related operations around the Marcellus Shale
in southwestern Pennsylvania.