Duquesne Wharf:
Barge to Rail... and Beyond.

Strategically located at milepost 12 on the Monongahela River just southeast of Pittsburgh, Union Railroad's Duquesne Wharf is a key river-to-rail transfer point. Barges traveling the Inland Waterways arrive at Duquesne Wharf, where their loads of coal and bulk commodities are transferred to rail and routed to local industries, north to the Great Lakes, to rail-served points throughout northeastern United States and Canada, and to the eastern seaboard for export.

A pivotal force in river-to-rail commerce since 1896, Duquesne Wharf offers flexibility, efficiency, and service found nowhere else along U.S. rivers. Unique to Duquesne Wharf is a dual unloading system capable of transferring 18,000 NT of product per shift -- twice the capacity offered by similar facilities in our area. The dual unloading system, combined with expansive docking for up to 98 barges of all sizes, result in an annual throughput capacity of 8.5 million NT of coal and other commodities -- making Duquesne Wharf the most productive commercial dock in the Pittsburgh region.

Owned and operated by Union Railroad, the Duquesne Wharf Facility offers streamlined management of barge-to-rail transport of coal and other commodities. In addition to its direct service to steel and associated industries throughout the Monongahela Valley, Union Railroad provides daily interchange service between Bessemer & Lake Erie (B&LE,) CSX Transportation (CSXT) at Bessemer, PA; Wheeling & Lake Erie (W&LE) at Mifflin Junction, PA; Norfolk Southern (NS) at Clairton and Kenny, PA; and Buffalo & Pittsburgh (B&P) at Butler, PA (via B&LE) for delivery to lake ports.

Operating in river levels ranging from 9.5 to 18 feet, Duquesne Wharf also includes upper and lower fleeting areas for up to 58 loaded and 40 empty barges at one time. Duquesne Wharf provides fleet security by monitoring barges seven days a week, and offers an additional service of freeze conditioning coal during winter transit. "Sureboat," a dedicated towboat owned and operated by the Union Railroad, efficiently maneuvers incoming and outgoing barges, and is an integral part of the unloading system.


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