MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The inaugural train from Landmark Services Cooperative's new Fall River, Wisconsin, U.S., grain terminal is loading on Oct. 20, consisting of 100 cars of soybeans for export through the Gulf Coast. The departure marks the creation of new shipping options and an ability to reach new markets for Wisconsin farmers via CP's rail network.

"CP's expansive rail network, in combination with Landmark Services Cooperative's well-designed new grain facility, will be a powerful force in enabling Wisconsin farmers to reach new markets," said John Brooks, CP's vice-president, marketing & sales bulk. "We're very pleased with the partnership we've established with Landmark. This is a project with benefits for both of us, in addition to farmers and the general public."

Rail transport is a fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly mode for delivering products to market over long distances, CP said. A CP train can move a ton of freight 500 miles on a gallon of fuel. It would take more than 300 trucks on public roadways to move the same amount of freight as the unit train handling today's inaugural move on CP's rail network.

"Fall River Grain Terminal, with the help of CP, will help enable our growers to get their grain to the best available markets," said Doug Cropp, Landmark Services Cooperative's vice-president grain. "We are excited about working with CP, and about being able to help our growers through this partnership."

The Fall River terminal is the first CP-served grain facility in Wisconsin capable of loading entire trains.