Tri Gas & Oil Completes Rail Propane Terminal in Baltimore

Tri Gas & Oil completed a new propane terminal in Baltimore for its newest affiliate, Mid-Atlantic Rail Services (MARS), Tri Gas & Oil announced July 16. Mid Atlantic is hosting a grand opening at the new terminal on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. The event includes tours of the terminal.

Tri Gas & Oil (, Federalsburg, Maryland, serves the eastern and western shores of Maryland and Delaware and surrounding areas, providing propane, heating oil, petroleum-based fuels, and propane appliances to homes and commercial businesses. Mid-Atlantic Rail Services will serve the Mid-Atlantic region with propane by providing destination-delivered supply or railcar through-put arrangements. The new terminal, served by Norfolk Southern and CSX Railroads, will initially provide 120,000 gallons of HD-5 propane storage, along with a four-position rail rack and two truck-loading racks, Tri Gas & Oil said. Double-acting compressors quickly unload and recover vapor from railcars. Turbine pumps allow for loading rates of 550 gallons per minute, with capability to load up to six transport trucks per hour, at an average rate of 18 minutes per truck, the company said.

The new propane terminal in Baltimore will serve the Mid-Atlantic region by providing destination-delivered supply or railcar through-put arrangements. Photo: Tri Gas & Oil.

Canton Railroad, a Class III switching and terminal railroad in Baltimore County, operates the terminal. Daily switching service will be provided locally from Canton Railroad, providing up to three switches a day in the peak of winter. This works out to approximately 36 trucks per day during the busiest time of the year, the company noted.

Located just north of the Baltimore Harbor, right off Interstate 95 and Highway 895, the terminal allows transports and trucks easy access to bulk propane product. Fuel transport trucks in Maryland are prohibited from entering the tunnel system, typically traveling over bridges instead. The strategic location of MARS allows for the convenient use of the Francis Scott Key Bridge when accessing from the South of Baltimore. 

Superior Energy Systems, (, Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures bulk plants and trans-shipment terminals throughout the United States, and has built over 1,000 Autogas dispensers across North America. It spearheaded the terminal’s design, engineering, permitting, construction, startup, and commissioning, Keith McMahan, chairman and CEO of Tri Gas & Oil, said. “Superior exceeded our expectations with this terminal build,” McMahan said.

With the addition, Tri Gas & Oil is able to increase the transport and service area of its unbranded petroleum-based fuels to its wholesale partners, the company said. Tri Gas & Oil offers fuel delivery, risk management, supply physical and financial hedges, fixed pricing, spot contracting, index, and swaps/options. For rail and supply needs, contact Randy Marshall, director of logistics and rail operations (, or John Dalina, director of supply (, or call 1-888-229-9245 or visit

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