CSX has closed a 60-mile portion of the EK Subdivision in Kentucky. The former Louisville & Nashville route was idled due to falling Appalachian coal traffic.
The EK Subdivision remains in service from Jackson Yard to Hazard, where CSX serves a coal customer at Typo.
Trains bound for Hazard will use the Big Sandy Subdivision from near Ashland to Martin Yard.
Trains will use the Elkhorn and Beaver Valley and Rockhouse subdivisions to reach remaining customers that remain on EK Subdivision.
Inbound and outbound traffic will use these routes rather than the western edge of the EK Subdivision.
The EK Subdivision connects to the CC Subdivision near Winchester, Kentucky, and runs east toward Ravenna and Hazard and into former C&O territory.
The closed section has block signals, a few double-tracked sections and several passing sidings.