What travels by rail in Kern?

Published 02/12 2014 04:26PM

Updated 02/12 2014 04:44PM

In 2012 the Kern Council of Governments commissioned a study of rail in Kern County to show residents what travels by train locally.

Their Kern County Rail Study, Phase II came up with a list of companies that use the rail, but keep in mind these are private industries so all of this was voluntary.

We took it a step further to find out what products these companies ship and receive. This information is based on online searches and calls to companies.

Buttonwillow Sub

84 Lumber- lumber

Banducci Farms-agricultural supplies

BJ Services- did not participate

Buttonwillow Warehouse- farming equipment

Calply-building materials


Golden State Metals- metal recyclables

Harvel Plastics-raw materials for PVC pipe

Hondo Chemical-chemicals

Inergy Services-propane

J.G. Boswell Co.- cotton

Kern Livestock Supplement-agricultural products

Kern Steel Fabrication-aircraft steel

Mid-Cal Materials-sand and gravel

Pacific Wood Preserving of Bakersfield- lumber

Simplot Soilbuilders-soil

W.A. Thompson- Food Wholesalers

Sunset Sub

Delta Trading- transports some crude oil

Richard Best Transfer Inc.- agricultural products

Ridgeline Oil and Asphalt- did not participate

Oil City Sub

Alon Asphalt- asphalt (no crude)

Tricor Refining LLC- asphalts and petroleum products

Arvin Sub

Gold Ribbon Potatoes- agricultural products

H. Lima- tractor house

Heck Cellars- wine

Kern Oil and Refining Co. - did not participate

Kern Ridge Growers- agricultural products

William Bolthouse Farms -agricultural products

Famoso Sub and Fresno Sub

Baroid Drilling Fluids- oil and water well drilling substances

Bidart Brothers- livestock

Branch Warehouse-storage


Great Lakes Chemical- did not participate

J.D. Rush- oil parts

The Scotts Company- fertilizers

West Coast Pipe Inspection- did not participate

Vignolo Farms- agricultural products

Landco Sub

Amber Chemical- non-hazardous chemicals

Asbury Transportation- did not participate

Baker Hughes Inc.- did not participate

Big West Alon USA- did not participate

Enterprise Products- propane terminal

San Joaquin Refining Co.- Industry experts say the refinery receives some crude by rail but the company did not participate.

Airport Lead

Crop Production Services- Agricultural products

Kw Plastics- plastic pellets

McJunkin Redman- construction equipment

Pactiv- recycled paper

Schlumberger Technology Corp.- software

UP Lone Pine Sun and Trona Railway

Kemira Water Resources- did not participate

Searles Valley Minerals- diesel and natural gas

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