Nutrients for Life Foundation and GATX Corp. unveiled a specially-designed railcar July 25 during a reception held in conjunction with the Southwestern Fertilizer Conference in San Antonio, TX. The railcar, emblazoned with the Nutrients for Life logo, will travel across the country delivering potash and creating awareness about the Foundation and fertilizer. The railcar was made possible through the generous support of GATX, a railcar leasing company and PotashCorp, both major Nutrients for Life Foundation supporters.
“The rail transportation system is critical in timely delivery of nutrients to feed our crops,” says Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “We are excited to have a railcar in place doing double-duty – delivering potash fertilizer and raising awareness about Nutrients for Life, and are very grateful to GATX and PotashCorp for their efforts to make this happen.”
“GATX has supported the Nutrients for Life Foundation since its inception and we are delighted to provide this one-of-a-kind railcar that was painted in our service center in Hearne, TX," says GATX vice president and executive director Rob Zmudka. "GATX has a rich history of providing rail equipment to the fertilizer industry, and we are proud to show our continued support through the joint development of the Foundation’s very own railcar.”
Nutrients for Life is promoting the railcar through its social media venues and will post “sightings” on Facebook and Twitter. Those who see the Nutrients for Life railcar are encouraged to participate by simply snapping a photo of the railcar and sending it in to Nutrients for Life. Participants will receive a prize for spotting the railcar.
In addition, the model scale railcar is also making its way around the tracks of the Great Train Story exhibit in the Chicago Science and Industry Museum. The Great Train Story is a permanent exhibit, which opened in 2002 and is sponsored by the BNSF Railroad and GATX, and will tell the story of rail transportation for generations to come.
For more information about Nutrients for Life Foundation, visit www.nutrientsforlife.org, call 800-962-9065 or visit Nutrients for Life on Facebook and Twitter.