Marcellus and Utica Shale
Moving freight by rail provides a number of benefits to the oil and gas industry over truck transportation, including:
- Higher freight hauling capacity – 1 railcar is equivalent to 3 or 4 truckloads, meaning we can deliver your freight in a more efficient, cost-effective manner.
- More reliable – From flat tires to poor weather conditions to unforeseen traffic jams, trucks are often held up and delayed. Trains are able to keep moving in most weather conditions and operate on regular schedules.
- Economic – Fuel costs are cheaper for trains than for trucks, bringing down your overall transportation costs.
Both the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale are extremely important to the economies in a number of states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It is our goal at the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company (W&LE) to do our part to ensure these operations are kept running efficiently.