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Teens Injured After Jumping From CSX Train

September 1, 2014

Two teenagers were injured when they jumped from a moving CSX train in Shelby late last week.

The two jumped at the Ohio 61 crossing in Shelby, which they had mistaken for Grafton. They had boarded the train in Cleveland.

Richland County authorities said one of the teens, 19-year-old Raymond Gump of Dayton, was taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus and was reported to be in critical condition.

The other teen, a 17-year-old female from Huber Heights, suffered trauma to her face and feet and was barely able to walk, according to a sheriff’s office report. She was reported to be in stable condition at OhioHealth MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.

The girl told authorities that the pair were attempting to travel to Grafton where Gump has family. She said after jumping from the train, the next thing she knew is that she was lying on the ground next to Gump, who was unconscious.

She went to get help and Shelby firefighters found Gump lying on lying on a steep rock slope about 20 feet down from the railroad tracks.

Richland County Children Services officials told sheriff’s deputies that the girl had been placed in foster care by Montgomery County Children Services. Deputies could not find any information as to her being listed as a runaway in the computer system because she had not been reported missing by her foster mother. Gump is believed to be homeless.

Michele Weaver, whose business, Weaver’s Equipment, is adjacent to the CSX tracks, told the Mansfield News Journal that the girl came up and stood in the middle of the road outside the family business.

“We went to see what had happened and she was all cut up. We called 9-1-1 and brought her in and gave her some ice,” Weaver said.


Steam Returns to the CVSR This Weekend

September 1, 2014

Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765 will make a return trip to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this week by pulling two-hour steam trips from Brecksville station.

The trains will depart Brecksville at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 6) and Sunday (Sept. 7).

Tickets range from $26 to $53, depending on the level of seating chosen. Accommodations include a coach seat in a regular CVSR coach, open-window coach seating, parlor car seating, lounge seating in the Saint Lucie Sound and first class seating in dome car Emerson.

A check of the ticket supply on Sunday afternoon found that plenty of tickets remain available for all trips.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the 765 will pull two-hour trips out of Akron Northside Station. Trips depart Akron at 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tickets are in the same price range as for the Brecksville trips.

Photo runbys will be staged for all trips departing from Brecksville and Akron.

The final appearance of the 765 on the CVSR will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14. These one-hour trips from Boston Mill station will depart at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $38, depending on the level of seating.

The open window cars will be Nos. 62 and 90 of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society. These cars are former Nickel Plate coaches.

The 765 is a 2-8-4 Berkshire built in 1944 at Lima Locomotives Works. It is operated by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Tickets for the CVSR steam excursions may be purchased online at the CVSR website at

CVSR to Operate on Labor Day

August 31, 2014
The southbound Scenic train depart Peninsula station on Saturday. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The southbound Scenic train depart Peninsula station on Saturday. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will be in operation on Monday, Sept. 1 on an abbreviated schedule as part of the Labor Day weekend.

Adult coach tickets will be reduced in price to $12 and the Bike Aboard! service will be available.

Trains will depart Rockside Station in Independence at 9:40 a.m. and 11:25 a.m., and from Northside Station in Akron at 10:40 a.m. The 2:40 p.m. departure from Akron will not carry originating passengers.

NS Police Officer Hurt in Scuffle

August 30, 2014


A Norfolk Southern police officer in Cleveland was knocked unconscious on Wednesday afternoon after he and a burglary suspect fell from a bridge.

The officer, whose name was not given in media accounts, found a man trying to break into a rail car near Broadway and Harvard avenues at about 4 p.m. The men struggled and both fell about 14 feet off the bridge.

Paramedics took both men to MetroHealth Medical Center. The officer, 27, suffered head injuries and lost consciousness. The burglary suspect, 54, was in stable condition with multiple abrasions.

An NS spokesman confirmed that one of its police officers was involved in the incident, but said more details should come from Cleveland police. However, Cleveland police did not provide details of the incident.




Columbus Gets Amtrak Thruway Service

August 30, 2014

Amtrak has reinstated Thruway bus service between Pittsburgh and Columbus. The bus departs Columbus at 1:10 a.m. and connects with the eastbound Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian. The bus is scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh at 4:35 a.m.

The westbound bus departs Pittsburgh at 2 a.m. and offers connections from both the Pennsylvanian and the Capitol Limited. However, the connection from the Pennsylvanian is a long one of six hours.

Tickets can be purchased at, but the online timetables and maps do not yet include the new service.

Greyhound operates the bus, which will use the Columbus Greyhound Station. In Pittsburgh, passengers must walk across Liberty Avenue between the Pittsburgh Amtrak and Greyhound stations to make connections to their trains.

Amtrak Summer Skeds to Stay Until October

August 27, 2014

The modified schedule for Amtrak’s Michigan trains that was imposed for summer track will continue through late September.

The track work is being conducted in western Michigan and affects the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service and the Chicago-Port Huron, Mich., Blue Water.

Primarily affected is westbound No. 365, the Blue Water. Wolverine passengers traveling from western Michigan points to Chicago will continue to have an additional eastbound trip on Sundays and an additional westbound trip on Mondays through Sept. 30. Regular Wolverine Service and Blue Water schedules will resume on Oct. 1. The schedule of the Chicago-Grand Rapids, Mich., Pere Marquette is not affected.

CN to Relocate Tracks for Runway Expansion

August 27, 2014

Canadian National has agreed to relocate its tracks in Northwest Indiana to allow for expansion of a runway at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Once an agreement is reached, CN will begin work on a connector segment to the CSX Gary branch line. The airport and CN are expected to finalize the agreements by mid October.

CSX plans to abandon its Fort Wayne branch line and will relocate to the Gary branch line to avoid crossing CN tracks.

Last week the Surface Transportation Board approved a regulatory document resolving common carrier rights issues on the Fort Wayne branch line.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District South Shore Line includes a stop at Gary Airport/Clark Road Station.


Pennsylvania Awards $35M in Rail Grants

August 25, 2014


The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has approved $35.9 million for 39 freight-rail projects, including 26 through the Rail Freight Assistance Program and 13 through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program. The allocations through RTAP include:

• $5 million to the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Co. to construct a bridge across the Lehigh River and 1,200 feet of new connecting track.
• $4.3 million to R. J. Corman Railroad Group to install cross and switch ties, renew several grade crossings, install bridge ties and perform other trackwork.
• $3.2 million to Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. to install 14.5 miles of continuous-welded rail in the Pittsburgh Subdivision.
• $2 million to Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. to complete trackwork between Kittanning and New Castle to restore the Chewton and Mosgrove West sidings, and provide 11,400 feet of additional siding capacity.
• $1.9 million to the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. to rehabilitate the 36th Street bridge to increase its weight capacity and reduce a curve.
• $713,020 to Pittsburgh Ohio Central Railroad to realign track, construct 4,460 feet of new track, build a turnout and create a second long track in Scully Yard.

• $701,960 to Union Railroad to repair the approaches on the north and south portals to the railroad’s North Bessemer Tunnel.
• $700,000 to Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to install 60,800 feet of continuous-welded rail, 10,000 new ties and four turnouts.
• $634,106 to Conrail Corp. to install ties and timbers, and surface 27,081 feet of track in three Philadelphia-area locations.
• $489,636 to  the Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad to replace a turnout, ties and 8,960 feet of rail, and complete other track improvements.
• $448,078 to the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad L.L.C. to repair a railroad bridge, including timber repairs and replacements, and track approach work.
• $353,500 to Lehigh Railway L.L.C. to rehabilitate, raise, line and surface sidings at the Wyalusing Terminal.
• $295,942 to the Hollidaysburg & Roaring Spring Railroad to repair two bridges and improve public crossings.



Amtrak Changes Viewliner Order

August 25, 2014

Amtrak has altered its new car order, deciding to cut the number of Viewliner II baggage-dormitory cars from 25 to 10 while increasing by 15 the number of baggage cars that it wants. The cars are being built by CAF USA at Elmira Heights, N.Y. The original order for 25 dining cars and 25 sleeping cars is unchanged.

Amtrak declined to explain why the Viewliner order had changed other than to specifiy that it was done “to address business needs.” The current single-level fleet requires about 17 train sets to operate the Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Crescent, and Lake Shore Limited daily and the Cardinal tri-weekly.

The change in the Viewliner order means that baggage-dormitory cars will not operate consistently on every train. Crew members will therefore need to be accommodated in space in regular Viewliner sleepers.

Increasing the number of baggage cars being built will mean that checked baggage and bicycle carriage will be able to be extended to additional trains in the Northeast Corridor and on state-supported routes.

Viewliner II baggage cars will replace cars that are more than 50 years old.

In a related development, California and three Midwest states plan to acquire an additional 45 bi-level cars from Nippon Sharyo.

The states had ordered 130 cars that are being assembled in Rochelle, Ill. That contract provided an add-on options at a slightly increased cost, depending upon car type.

The order will now include 122 cars to be used in Midwest corridor service and 175 cars to be used in California. The first of these cars are expected to enter service by 2016.

Reading & Northern Gets Grant for Bridge

August 25, 2014


The Reading & Northern Railroad has landed a $10 million state grant to build a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning in Carbon County, Pa. The R&N will contribute $4 million to the project.

The bridge will provide a route connecting the Philadelphia region to New England and eastern Canada. Reading & Northern will offer the use of this route to Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific railroads, both of which already use part of the short line’s network.

Andrew Muller, Jr., owner and CEO of the railroad, said that the bridge will enable Reading & Northern to provide improved service to dozens of its existing customers. It will be the fastest and route into the Marcellus Shale territory in northeast Pennsylvania and it will carry double-stack intermodal containers to flow in and out of the Port of Philadelphia to points in the northeastern U.S. and Canada.

“I have been working for almost two decades to bring this bridge and resulting new route to fruition,” Muller said in a news release. “This bridge will enable us to better serve our customers and it will bring economic development and jobs to northeastern Pennsylvania.”

It will take 18 months to construct the bridge. Under the terms of the grant, the state funds will be made available over two fiscal years with half of the funds released each year.




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