Internal Rail Transportation
U.S. Sugar owns and operates the largest private agricultural short line railroad in the country and is the only sugar company in the continental United States that transports all its cane by railroad to its sugar factory. Rail transportation of U.S. Sugar’s cane crop is one of the aspects of production that makes Company operations highly cost efficient since rail transport requires significantly less fuel than truck transport and reduces highway traffic.
Internal Railraod
  • The Company owns 120 miles of railroad that connects agricultural operations to the factory and refining operations.

  • The rail line connects with South Central Florida Express, which in turn connect with Florida East Coast and CSX rail lines.

  • The U.S. Sugar operates approximately 800 railroad cane cars and 12 locomotives.

  • As sugar cane is harvested it is collected at rail loading stations. Each specially designed cane car holds up to 40 tons of sugar cane – the equivalent of an average acre.

  • As many as 1,000 railroad cane cars run each day, or the equivalent of 2,000 semi-tractor loads.

  • The system operates 24 hours a day for just-in-time processing.