Case Studies

Ethanol Rail Expansion - VA

Norfolk, Virginia

With the expanding demand for inbound ethanol to existing fuel tank farm facilities thoughout the East, TransMontaigne proposed to expand their newly constructed Norfolk Terminal ethanol rail transload facility from a 5-rail car to a 28-rail car operation.  CivilSmith, LLC teamed up with Creative Rail Solutions and Prime Engineering to design the rail expansion to include the extension of the existing spur as well as to add a second parallel spur to meet this rail capacity need.

Norfolk Terminal Before Expansion

CivilSmith and Creative Rail Solutions worked together in a coordinated effort with the owner and Prime Engineering to produce plans that met the end-user's needs as well as met the serving railroad's design requirements.  Track construction specifications were created for use in the bidding process and construction observation services were provided throughout the track construction process.  Plans and specifications included considerations for clearances required from the tracks to adjacent header pipe equipment as well as bonding and grounding of the tracks within the loadout area.

Norfolk Terminal After Expansion

Civil/Site & MEP Engineering - Prime Engineering

Track Construction - STX Corporation