The efficiently-designed, loop track port facility coincides with Mobil Grain's unique ability to deliver unit trains of railcars ready for unload - enough railcars, in fact, to fill entire vessels.
Located along the Mission river in Thunder Bay, Ontario, MobilEx Terminal Ltd. connects producers and exporters alike with
competitive worldwide markets.
How does it work?
A lineup of product-filled railcars arrive to MobilEx (a port station originally designed and used by CN).
As the cars steadily roll through the fully-enclosed shed, hydraulic railcar openers release the compartment doors, dumping the product into the conveyors below. The product is conveyed out of the building and upwards, splitting off into two more conveyors. These two conveyors pivot and roll along track guides (controlled by an operator sitting directly above the spout) to evenly fill the ship. The loading process is continuous, allowing the vessel to be filled very quickly.
With years of experience in farming and cleaning their own grain, brothers and co-founders, Lavern and Sheldon Affleck left the farm and launched their own mobile processing plant. Constantly challenging themselves to think “outside the box”, Mobil Grain offers innovative solutions for forward-thinking producers and buyers.
In 2008, when Mobil Grain founder, Sheldon Affleck, found himself at a meeting where CN was discussing their intention to abandon this beautiful stretch of rail, he saw a golden opportunity. Through negotiation and shareholder investments this 136 kilometer track, which runs from Regina north to Davidson, soon became the heartbeat of Mobil Grain operations.
Following the success of Last Mountain Railway, Mobil Grain acquired this 402 kilometer rail-line running southwest of Saskatoon. Big Sky Rail provides producers with a competitive freight alternative and ensures that the railroad stays active and available for Saskatchewan’s vast delivery needs.
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