Union Pacific Distribution Services

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Project Location: Quebec to Minnesota by Rail
Completion Date: 10/29/2010

TTS and its partners on this project (Canadian Pacific, Canadian Pacific Logistics Services, Union Pacific Distribution Services, Progressive Rail and a property owner in Randolph, Minnesota) moved 400+ tower sections from Canada to Minnesota in the dead of winter for spring construction of a wind power facility. Fixtures were designed, fabricated and applied to railcars; property was leased; train routes were cleared and schedules were developed.  TTS brought in two crawler cranes, a portable office, a forklift and rigging.  Within a couple weeks, snow on a former pipeline storage yard was cleared and trains started rolling. In bitterly cold weather and almost constant wind, TTS crews unloaded and stored 10 train loads of tower sections.  After rain had turned the frozen ground into mud, TTS and the trucking company started trucking up to 8 sections per day to the wind site in Minnesota. The project was successfully completed within a few weeks. 

The Solution

TTS worked with Canadian Pacific, Canadian Pacific Logistics Services, Progressive Rail and a property owner in Randolph, Minnesota on this project.  In short order, fixtures were designed, fabricated and applied to railcars; property was leased; train routes were cleared and schedules were developed.  Once property leases were signed, TTS brought in two crawler cranes, a portable office, a forklift and rigging.  Within a couple of weeks, the snow on what was once a pipeline pipe storage yard was cleared and trains started rolling.  Despite -20F temperatures and almost constant wind, TTS crews unloaded and stored 10 train loads of tower sections.  At one point, the spring thaw and rains turned the frozen ground into a muddy mess, but TTS found ways to pump water off the site to continue safely and efficiently handling towers. Later, TTS and the trucking company started trucking up to 8 sections per day out to the wind site in western Minnesota.  

The Challenge

The project’s challenge was to move over 400 tower sections from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada to Minnesota in the dead of winter for spring construction of a wind power facility. 

The Results

The project spanned only a few weeks, yet TTS (with support from CP, CPLS, Progressive Rail and others) met the schedule and delivered the components on-time, on-budget, safely and without damage.