Interestingly the new Phillips 66 (Conoco Phillips spin off) is purchasing 1000 more rail cars to haul oil from the Bakken and other shale plays that have pipeline issues.
- unit trains are about 100 cars, up to 120 cars
- around three days for a one-way trip to destination
- no commingling of different grades of oil
- scale up, scale down
- my favorite: Nebraskans helped this industry immensely
- Warren Buffett owns Burlington Northern, perhaps the biggest railroad in the Bakken