Frac Sand Mining & Trains in Wisconsins Cippewa Valley DVD 5 of 5 (4)
Featuring... Superior Silica Sands • Wisconsin Northern • Union Pacific A look at the busy frac sand railroads and sand mining operations in Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley. The Wisconsin Northern Railroad serves five frac sand mines and processing plants that are located along their 37.5 miles of mainline track. Each day the WNR sets out empties, works the plants and delivers their long trains of sand hoppers to the Norma Yard in Chippewa Falls where this traffic is interchanged with the Union Pacific. The UP is shown transporting these sand trains along their 18 mile route to the Altoona Yard near Eau Claire. Plus a fascinating visit to Superior Silica Sands at New Auburn, Wisconsin for a tour of their open pit sand mine, wet plant and dry plant. This segment includes: excavating raw sand in the pit, mine haul trucks to the impactor, the wet plant for washing and stockpiling the clean sand and dump truck loading for transport to the dry plant. This processing facility includes the drying and screening of the various product sizes. Also a look at Superior Silica Sands rail yard with great switching action and sand car loading. Frac Sand is used by the oil and natural gas industry in the drilling and hydrofracking of their deep horizontal wells. Program footage era 2011-2013.
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run8anderson (Basking Ridge, NJ) on 2014-08-05 11:29:57.
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This is a very interesting production that includes information on the frac sand industry. Mr. Plets does need to hire a person to do the narration..
Rail Buff (Southern California) on 2015-12-08 21:43:36.
I too was a bit put off by the narration at first. But I got used to it and now I like it. As the others have said, the research is excellent and a lot of info is given as a result. I consider a Plets production among the better ones and will always give strong consideration to these productions.
Added 2016-10-06 17:58:29 by Train Buff
The video even includes a bit of corny humor. The narrator describes a flock of noisy Canada Geese as "having a honking good time". I don't know about anyone else but that's my kind of humor and I loved it. :>)
run8anderson (Basking Ridge nj) on 2015-12-07 14:10:39.
I am changing my view of Mf. Plets' narration. I have recently completed a marathon Plets Express session. I like his voice and more important is the amount of research & that he puts into each production. When you have completed viewing a Plets video......you are thoroughly informed on the subject.
RailFan (Texas) on 2014-09-20 17:56:39.
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Great video. Very informative about the frac sand industry.