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Weather Congestion Had Trains Tied Down in Sidings

March 1, 2021

Online reports indicate that one ripple effect of the severe winter weather that occurred last month is that CSX parked freight trains in various locations in Indiana and Michigan because of congestion on the Belt Railway of Chicago.

This included parking trains without locomotives on siding on the Monon and Garrett subdivisions in Indiana, and in the lightly used Transfer Yard in Indianapolis.

Cars were also parked in Michigan at Plymouth, Grand Rapids and Holland.

However, one poster said the congestion was not as bad as it might seem, noting that in past years even more trains might have been parked waiting to get into Chicago.

This poster said railroads feeding traffic to the BRC were able to keep their mainlines clean, which enabled intermodal and bulk trains to operate on time.

In some instances, railroads were able to bypass the BRC by building solid trains for destinations beyond Chicago.

For example, Union Pacific built a solid train of cars bound for CSX at Selkirk Yard near Albany, New York, that merely passed through Chicago without having to be reclassified.

Canadian National was reported to have built solid trains for Cincinnati and CSX built solid trains for CN.

The Indiana Harbor Belt was reported to have taken a hump train a day that would normality go to the BRC while other traffic was diverted to other gateways.