Juice Train

"Juice Train" (or "Orange Juice Train") is the popular name for famous unit trains of Tropicana fresh orange juice operated by railroads in the United States.

Tropicana Products was founded in 1947 in Bradenton, Florida by Anthony T. Rossi, an Italian immigrant, growing from 50 employees to over 8,000 in 2004. Early distribution of fresh orange juice was by way of hand-delivered juice jars to nearby homes, but demand grew, especially in New York City, New York. By 1957, a ship, S.S. "Tropicana" was taking 1.5 million gallons of juice to New York each week.

In 1970, Tropicana orange juice was shipped in bulk via insulated boxcars in one weekly round-trip from Florida to Kearny, New Jersey. By the following year, the company was operating two 60-car unit trains a week, each carrying around 1 million gallons of juice. On June 7, 1971 the "Great White Juice Train" (the first unit train in the food industry, consisting of 150 100-ton insulated boxcars fabricated in the Alexandria, Virginia shops of Fruit Growers Express) commenced service over the 1,250-mile (2,012-kilometer) route. An additional 100 cars were soon incorporated into the fleet, and small mechanical refrigeration units were installed to keep temperatures constant on hot days. Tropicana saved $40 million in fuel costs alone during the first ten years in operation. Starting out on Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) south of Tampa, Florida, the original used former Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) tracks. It crossed over to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac (RF&P) in Richmond, Virginia at pier 5 of the famous concrete James River Bridge. At Potomac Yard, in Alexandria, Virginia, Penn Central Transportation (PC) took over and operated it under the overhead wire with electric locomotives most of the way to Kearny.

There have been more than a few changes over the years. Tropicana, now a division of PepsiCo, became the world's leading producer of branded fruit juices. In 1976, Conrail (CR) took over from ill-fated Penn Central, with electrification discontinued in 1981. SCL became part of CSX Corporation (CSX) in 1980, and was successively merged into Seaboard System Railroad and then CSX Transportation, which also included RF&P by 1991. In 1997, a second Juice Train began serving Cincinnati, Ohio. When CSX acquired part of Conrail in 1999, an all-CSX train began traveling to a new larger facility in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Rolling stock has also changed, including orange, white, and blue cars, some with innovative refrigeration. The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is now carrying Tropicana cars from a second processing facility in eastern Florida. A reliable and economically viable transport mode, the Juice Trains are also a powerful mode of advertising, running ten trips each week to Jersey City and Cincinnati. Additional shipments with specially-equipped refrigerated cars now travel 3,000 miles by rail to California.

In the 21st century, the Tropicana-CSX Juice Trains have been the focus of efficiency studies and have received awards. They are considered good examples of how modern rail transportation can compete successfully with trucking and other modes to carry perishable products.

References

*

External links

* [http://www.tropicana.com Tropicana's Official Web Site]
* [http://www.csx.com CSX Corporation Official Web Site]
* [http://www.fecrwy.com Florida East Coast Railway Official Web Site]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Train To Zion Dub — Album par Linval Thompson Sortie 1981 Enregistrement 1981 au Channel One Studio Genre Reggae Dub Producteur C …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Juice FM — Coordinates: 53°24′10″N 2°58′46″W / 53.4029°N 2.9795°W / 53.4029; 2.9795 …   Wikipedia

  • Unit train — A unit train, also called a block train, is a railroad train in which all the cars making it up are shipped from the same origin to the same destination. This saves the hassle of assembling and disassembling trains at rail yards near the origin… …   Wikipedia

  • Blue Juice — Infobox Film name = Blue Juice image size = caption = Promotional film poster director = Carl Prechezer producer = Simon Relph writer = Carl Prechezer Peter Salmi Tim Veglio narrator = starring = Sean Pertwee Catherine Zeta Jones Ewan McGregor… …   Wikipedia

  • Spring Valley Juice — Created in 1955, Spring Valley Juice positioned itself as a premium juice brand and is available in 20 flavours. On 29 November 2000, Cadbury Schweppes acquired Spring Valley Juice, which has approximately a 27% share of Australian single serve… …   Wikipedia

  • Northerner (train) — The Northerner was an overnight passenger train between Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand. Originally numbered 227 southbound and 626 northbound, it replaced the unnamed and less revered ordinary express trains supplementing the luxurious… …   Wikipedia

  • Molester's Train Housewife: Madam is a Pervert — (1994) in release as Tandem Directed by …   Wikipedia

  • Seaboard Coast Line Railroad — Infobox SG rail railroad name=Seaboard Coast Line Railroad logo filename=Seaboard Coast Line Herald.png logo size=150 old gauge= marks=SCL locale=Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia start year=1967 end… …   Wikipedia

  • Tropicana Products — is an American based company, and was founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi in Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A. Since 1998, it has been owned by PepsiCo, Inc. Tropicana s headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois. Contents 1 History …   Wikipedia

  • CSX Transportation — Infobox SG rail railroad name = CSX Transportation logo filename = CSX Herald.png logo size = 100 system map size = 300 map caption = CSX system map marks = CSXT, B O, C O, SBD, L N, NYC, RF P, and SCL locale = Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware,… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.