NS Cuts Rails on West Virginia Secondary

Norfolk Southern cut the rails this week on its West Virginia Secondary, formally taking the track out of service for about 50 miles, most of it in Ohio.

NS halted traffic last month on the route, which extends from Columbus to Belle, West Virginia, near Charleston.

NS logo 2The line is out of service between Glouster, Ohio, and milepost 116.5 where CSX ownership of the track begins.

The Ohio Central continues to use a portion of the West Virginia Secondary in Ohio to serve a coal mile at milepost 65.5

The mothballed property includes 50 miles of mainline track, and the yard tracks, a siding and a couple of industrial spurs in Middleport, Ohio.

In West Virginia, NS continues to provide local service on the West Virginia Secondary six days a week between Alloy and Nitro.

NS operates north of Nitro as needed to serve the interchange with CSX at milepost 128.6 in Point Pleasant. The yard in Nitro is located at milepost 170.

Thus far, NS has operated only a couple of trains per month north of Nitro to serve two customers and the CSX interchange. An NS ballast train was also spotted recently near Point Pleasant.

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