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Townsend Lumber Delivers First Outbound Rail Shipment

May 18, 2023

On the morning of May 9th, the first-ever outbound rail shipment by Townsend Lumber headed out carrying 204,000 pounds of rail ties.

After its initial stop in St. Thomas, along the 48-km GIO Rail short line, which runs from St. Thomas to Courtland, the shipment was then transferred to CN Railway for the remaining approximately 700-km trip to Stella-Jones Inc.’s treating plant in Delson, Quebec, near Montreal.

“I’m trying to support GIO Rail on this short line,” says Mike Penner, co-owner of Townsend Lumber. “It’s giving business back to GIO Rail and supporting them…Inbound, we expect 12-15 carloads coming in this year from the west coast for our Douglas fir program.”

Using rail also reduces Townsend Lumber’s carbon footprint – one rail car can replace three transport trucks.

To read more about this ‘company first’ for Townsend Lumber, see the full article in the Norfolk & Tillsonburg News here.