Providing excellence in rail operations and transloading.

Operational Excellence

Simba has operational experience in over 200 rail terminals worldwide, including auditing and advisory services.

Industry Understanding

Over 25 years experience moving commodities by rail that are integral to the energy industry.

Maximum Value

Versatility of experience enables quick transitions in both operational changes and diversified commodities.

Safety | Experience | Innovation

Industry Experts in Rail Terminal Transloading

Simba Transload Ltd.’s diverse experience enables adaptability based on client needs and ability to assess rail operations without relying on a standard approach. Our deep, working knowledge of rail movements and commodity transfers, including scheduling and logistics allows us to offer complete solution to energy markets:

  • Terminal and transloading operations

  • Rail integration and switching

  • Rail, truck, and barge logistics

  • Prioritizing safety and operational best practices

  • Innovative transloading designs that are industry proven

  • Complete turnkey operations that leverage all the above

Leaders in advancing rail operations

Leveraging our ability to provide meaningful, real-time insights about crucial rail operational processes, we enable the evolution of the industry through our access to innovative and robust opportunities to upgrade their existing processes.

Areas of concentration:

  • Hiring and training of all personnel

  • Safety and hazmat training

  • Rail equipment training and operation

  • Onsite maintenance program for equipment and rail fleet

  • Inventory control: truck rack, pipeline, tanks, and railcar

  • Maintain key relationships with all Class I’s, short lines and destination locations

Rail Logistics, Integration, and Switching

Simba Transload Ltd. has extensive experience with all Class I and short-line railroads and provides real-time logistics for all rail movements.  We provide fully trained and certified rail personnel, with cross-training to operate many facets of the terminal and rail services.

  • Certified switching

  • Distributed Power certified

  • Railcar inspections

  • Rail infrastructure inspection

  • Class I and short-line compliance procedures

  • Track clearing and maintenance

  • Unit Train Logistics

    Equipment maintenance and repair plans

    Bill of Lading tracking

    Bad Order management

Advisory Services

Simba Transload Ltd.’s versatility of experience with many terminals and diversified commodities allows us to provide meaningful guidance in many areas, including terminal development:

  • Land procurement

  • Design, build, and operations

  • Rail track design

  • Rail rate negotiations

  • Environment, health, and safety policies and procedures

  • Long term consulting for multiple projects

  • Regulatory requirements review

Plant | Refinery Contractor Support

Simba Transload Ltd. is experienced providing contractor support for turnarounds in areas of maintenance, measurement, engineering, and qualified labour crews.

  • Provide competitive rates for refinery and plant contract operators

  • Assist in maintenance, turnarounds and capital projects for the oil and gas industry



About Us

Our Company

Simba Transload Ltd. provides extensive opportunities for transformation in rail operations and transloading through our exclusive combination of experience, innovation, and client focused approach that drives profitability and growth through streamlined processes.

STL Differentiators

Adaptability based on client needs and ability to assess rail operations without relying on a standard approach.

Working knowledge of rail movements and commodity transfers, including scheduling and logistics.

Increasing opportunities to bring valuable energy products to market due to Simba’s ability to quickly pivot operational set-ups

Increased operational efficiency through:

  • Access to relevant equipment
  • New technology
  • Reduction of incidents through expertly trained operators
  • Acceptance of short term contracts
  • Risk mitigation

Our Team

Marvin Trimble

Marvin Trimble


Marvin has an extensive career with 30-plus years in the oil and gas industry, including more than 16 years in the Drilling & Completions and Operations and Pipeline divisions with Amoco Canada (now BP Canada). Marvin completed his instrumentation technology training at SAIT and NAIT and obtained provincial and federal accreditation. He spent four years working in the instrumentation trade before moving into a TPM (total productive maintenance) role with BP Chemicals, then returning to terminal construction, operation and logistics. From 1988 to 1993 and 2004 to present Marvin has loaded more than 3,800 railcars and offloaded over 1,900; designed or assisted in the design of 33 terminals; converted eight terminals to load crude; and he and his team have trained and started 15 crude terminals since 2010. Marvin’s skills in the design, construction and operation of terminals and transloading facilities, measurement, safety and the intricacies of crude oil on rail have been in high demand.

Alison Balfour

Alison Balfour

Technology and Digitization Advisor

Over the past seven years, Alison has worked on highly complex, transformative projects within rail transportation that include many variations of technology, including hardware, software platforms, and applications. She helped to build and lead cross functional teams in client experience and success, project and program management, innovation, business development and marketing. Existing as the connective tissue through demonstrated leadership and meaningful stakeholder engagement, she brings simplicity to the complex, regardless of the audience. As such, she is an accomplished integrator and operations strategist, having developed and executed programs with $1M+ budgets for projects with multiple vendors and collaborators.

Brandt Trimble

Brandt Trimble

Chief Operating Officer

Brandt has been in the rail terminal business for the past 15 years, working mostly alongside his father designing, training, commissioning, identifying, and modifying operating deficiencies. His focus over the past ten years has been assisting customers start up new terminals and helping to support them through the development of innovative systems and processes to improve the quality of measurement, the safety of the operators and reduce product loss within the industry. Brandt has been a part of 25-plus terminal start-ups of crude oil, LPG, NGL, bulk container, Bio-Methanol, non-hazardous feedstock, and Bio-Diesel terminals since 2011 across Canada and the United States.

Kalyn Kennedy

Kalyn Kennedy

Administration and Logistics Executive Assistant

Kalyn has been supporting the Simba team for 3 years, working in the executive administration role as well as logistics. Having been in professional administration since 2013, Kalyn brings a warm sense of organization, clarity and structure within Simba’s head office. She is your first point of contact and a trusted member of the team.

Kelly Kramer

Kelly Kramer

Director of Operations

Kelly is a highly accomplished professional with 22 years of expertise in the oil and gas industry, specifically in facility operations. Throughout his extensive career, Kelly has demonstrated a remarkable ability to lead diverse projects, encompassing the coordination of contractors and maintenance departments, consultation on engineered changes, and adept troubleshooting of unexpected challenges. Kelly takes pride in his exceptional communication skills and has built strong, enduring relationships with clients and colleagues alike. His unique talent lies in understanding client needs and translating them into actionable plans with consistently positive outcomes. Moreover, he boasts a track record of surpassing targets by employing a strategic approach, drawing on the wealth of knowledge he has acquired through his extensive industry experience.

Ethan Hunt

Ethan Hunt

Field and Safety Supervisor
Logan Podmoroff

Logan Podmoroff

Assistant Field Supervisor
Chris Thorne

Chris Thorne

Director of Corporate Compliance and Logistics

Chris is a career railroader with over 28 years of experience that has focused on transloading and related operations. In his previous experiences, he led a comprehensive portfolio that oversaw eight Class 1 railroad owned sites and private transloading facilities. During his tenure, his responsibilities included management of complex logistics operations, capital investment projects, market opportunity research and renewals, and day to day operations with a focus on rapidly increasing escalations. Chris is committed to achieving operational excellence, driving continuous improvement initiatives that foster cross-functional collaboration, and delivering results that positively impact the bottom line. He is a dynamic leader in the rail transportation sector, demonstrated through his focus on operational safety, effective cost control, exceptional service, and leading teams.

Braden Scharfenberg

Braden Scharfenberg

Corporate Operations and Compliance Supervisor

Braden has been a valued part of the Simba team for the last 7 years. He has helped to coordinate many different projects, start-ups, and operational endeavours across Western Canada. Braden oversees Simba’s compliance to governmental requirements and industry standards while supporting daily field operations and logistics. He ensures that our customers, clients, and employees receive the highest level of support.

Current Transloading Terminals

Simba Transload Ltd. current transloading terminals in Western Canada.

Unity, SK

Facility Hours

24 Hours / 7 Days a Week

Railcar Spots

20 Railcar Spots

Serving Railroad

Canadian Pacific Railroad


Crude Oil, Frac Sand, Bulk, Chemicals/Energy

Lethbridge, AB

Facility Hours

7AM to 5PM – After-Hours Optional

Railcar Spots

20 with options for more to support business opportunities

Serving Railroad

Canadian Pacific Railroad


Crude Oil, LPG, Bulk, Chemicals/Energy

Boyle, Alberta

Facility Hours

24 Hours / 7 Days a Week

Railcar Spots

20 Railcar Spots

Serving Railroad

Canadian National Railroad


LPG, Bulk, Energy

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