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Fruit shipped by rail

posted on September 21, 2001

Fruit rides the rail.

For the first time, Washington state apples and pears were loaded onto refrigerated box cars and shipped by rail to the east coast.

The railroad hasn't been used much to transport fruit in recent years because it is too slow ... often taking up to two weeks to arrive at its destination.

But the fruit-filled boxcars were coupled behind an Amtrack passenger train and are expected to take about five days to reach the East Coast.

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