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Cold Train iced as BNSF juggles higher rail volumes

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QUINCY — Cold Train Express suspended its Quincy-to-Chicago service on Thursday after executives said increased congestion across BNSF Railway’s northern routes slowed Cold Train delivery times and cut business up to 70 percent.

Quincy’s refrigerated rail service has been squeezed to one train a day by increased rail traffic caused by a surge in North Dakota’s oil and coal trains, said company officials. Delays and schedule changes have doubled the Cold Train’s delivery times to six days and greatly increased fuel and equipment costs, they said.

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