Traffic Jam Near Greenwich

It’s a pleasant late fall day on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in November 2013.

I’m out with Roger Durfee chasing trains along the New Castle Sub as well as the Greenwich Sub in the area between Nova and Willard.

Westbound trains on the New Castle Sub that can’t get into Willard and/or must wait for traffic to clear in Greenwich ahead of them sometimes wait east of town in this area along Alpha Road.

If you look in the distance you’ll see another headlight of another westbound waiting behind the auto rack train in the foreground.

There was more traffic on the New Castle Sub in late 2013. It was before the arrival of E. Hunter Harrison and the precision scheduled railroading operating philosophy of fewer, longer and heavier trains.

Harrison might argue that PSR was designed to prevent situations such as this from occurring, to keep trains moving.

CSX still has dedicated auto rack trains, but now it is common to see auto racks moving in blocks as part of manifest freights.

It may be that trains still have to wait near Alpha Road for traffic to clear ahead. It might not happen as often.

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