Waverly Trade Center Gasfield Services Facility Rail

Erdman Anthony is providing planning, preliminary engineering, and final design services for the redevelopment of a former Ingersol Rand castings foundry. It will be used as a gas-field services facility to meet the needs of the expanding industry in the Marcellus Shale Region of New York and Pennsylvania. Commodities to be handled at the 86-acre site and 130,000-square-foot main building include frac sand, pipe, water, and other break-bulk products. Additional information regarding the site and businesses currently operating there can be found at www.waverlytradecenter.com.

The facility was served by an existing industrial spur, which had been disconnected from the national rail network circa 2002. The track was constructed in the early 1970s with lightweight rail, poor quality materials, and curvature in excess of 16 degrees–hampering efforts to restore rail service at the pre-existing location.

Erdman Anthony provided scoping and preliminary engineering services to assist the owner with evaluation of site constraints, identify opportunities to attract potential shippers, enhance marketability of the site, and develop a long-term plan for staged implementation. Grant-writing services were also provided to assist the owner and the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency with an application for funding under NYSDOT’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program.

  • Extensive coordination with Norfolk Southern, state, county, and local agencies to re-establish an unused grade crossing on a high-volume county road;

  • Study of 13 alternative track alignments to serve the facility from Norfolk Southern’s Southern Tier Line while avoiding impacts to adjacent properties and meeting geometric criteria;

  • Construction of 2,500 track feet of unloading space and an 800-foot lead during the first phase of the project to serve a hydraulic fracturing sand transload facility and water plant.


Future phases will expand the transloading capability of the site by constructing an additional 1,200 track feet; automobile unloading ramp; and laydown area for pipe, timber mats, and other break-bulk materials.

Project Details


Waverly, NY


Waverly Trade Center, LLC

Project Contact

Paul Presutti, PE, PTOE
  • Paul Presutti, PE, PTOE
  • 585-427-8888 x 1093
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