NS Touts Improvements on ex-D&H Line

A year after it took over operation of a former Delaware & Hudson line between Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and Schenectady, New York, Norfolk Southern said it has made significant infrastructure improvements.

NS logo 2In a news release, NS said it has installed 90,000 new ties, resurfaced 84 miles of track, and made improvements to the Belden Tunnel in New York.

NS purchased the 282-mile line for $214.4 million from Canadian Pacific and hired 166 new employees, including 140 ex-D&H workers.

The line how hosts an average of eight trains a day and has attracted additional rail traffic that had gone by truck.

NS said that its intermodal terminals in Ayer, Massachusetts, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, have posted double-digit volume growth during the past year.

The former D&H line connects with the NS system at Sunbury and at Binghamton, New York.

There is also a connection with Pan Am Southern at Mechanicville, New York, which provides NS with a single-line route between Chicago and southeastern U. S. markets and the capital region of New York.

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