Posts Tagged ‘Carey Ohio’

Checking Out Trash and Stone Switchers

August 11, 2020

Here are some more photographs from RRE Fostoria day.  I went to Carey and got some interesting images.

Just south of Fostoria is a landfill that receives trash from CSX and has an SW1 and a couple of trackmobiles (top photograph).

There was another switcher on my last visit here but I did not see it this trip.  I don’t know what happened to it.

Carey is the current end of track of the former Akron, Canton & Youngstown line now operated by the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

Stone is the major business here as there are two quarries, including National Lime and Stone, which has several switchers, and Shelly Materials, which has one switcher, either an EMD SW1500 or SW1000.

Interestingly this engine doesn’t have ditch lights but the National Lime and Stone engines do..

Stone is hauled in a variety of open top hopper cars some dating back to the 1950’s while others are much newer and even have solar panels for electric power.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NTSB To Hold Hearing on CSX Carey Collision

August 7, 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board will make its final determination on Sept. 15 of the likely cause of a 2019 collision between two CSX trains near Carey, Ohio.

The Board will conduct a virtual hearing at 9:30 a.m. on that day that will be webcast.

No members of the public, STB staff or members will be gathered in one location for the proceeding.

The crash occurred on Aug. 12, 2019, and caused both trains to derail.

The lead locomotive and four cars of a westbound train turned onto their sides while 21 cars of an eastbound train derailed.

The crew members involved suffered minor injuries and damage from the wreck was an estimated $4.9 million.

During the meeting, the Board will vote on the findings, probable cause and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft final report.

A link to the hearing  will be available at

NTSB Releases Preliminary CSX Ohio Crash Report

October 12, 2019

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the August collision of two CSX trains in Ohio is focusing on train crew distractions, crew resource management, and current railroad operating rules for positive train control.

The NTSB this week released a preliminary report on the collision near Carey, Ohio, on the Columbus Subdivision in which local train H702 rammed into the W314, a 110-car frac sand train.

The report said the crash occurred in PTC territory although the locomotive of the local was operating at the time of the early morning incident with its PTC apparatus in restricted mode while the PTC system on the frac sand train had been disabled due to a malfunction.

“The [local] crew’s first job assignment was to set out 30 empty cars in Carey,” the report said.

“CSX instructions specify that for trains operating with active PTC, crews performing pickups, set offs, or other switching activities including shoving movements must: (1) Stop the train/locomotive; (2) Use restricted mode for the PTC system. In restricted mode, the PTC system allows train movement at restricted speed and no longer automatically stops the train before it can violate a red (stop) signal.”

After setting out 30 of his train’s 176 cars the conductor planned to return to the head end aboard a railroad shuttle van.

“The engineer of train H70211 departed with the PTC system still in restricted mode and continued westbound for about 2 miles to CP Springs,” the report said.

“Preliminary event recorder data indicated the train speed never exceeded 20 mph (upper limit threshold of CSX restricted speed rule). The train continued past the red signal at CP Springs and collided with the sixth railcar of the eastbound train W31411.”

The report said the W314’s PTC system had failed while that train was under the control of another crew and had been disabled.

“The crew involved in the accident notified the CSX dispatcher of the disabled PTC system prior to departing Garrett [Indiana] and were given permission to proceed to Columbus, where the system could be repaired,” the NTSB preliminary report says.

The crew of W314 told NTSB investigators that signal indications showed that their train would diverge from the single main track onto main track 2 at CP Springs.

“They stated that they saw the westbound train approaching CP Springs on main track 1 and noted the locomotive headlight was on bright,” the NTSB report said.

“The eastbound train engineer said that he flashed his headlight to indicate to the westbound train engineer to dim the locomotive headlight but received no response.”

After the collision, the lead locomotive of the H702 derailed along with four trash cars. Twenty-one of W314’s frac sand cars, in positions six through 26, derailed.

The engineers of both trains were treated for minor injuries and all crew members of both trains were given drug and alcohol tests.

Ohio Crash Probe Focuses on PTC Operation

August 27, 2019

Officials of the Federal Railroad Administration and CSX are seeking to determine why a positive train control system in place on the Columbus Subdivision failed to prevent a collision between two freight trains on Aug. 12.

Investigators are looking at whether the PTC system was properly activated and functioning prior to the early morning crash near Carey, Ohio.

They also are considering the role that human error might have played in causing the collision.

The probe has already determined that although PTC was active on the line, it has been disengaged on train H702, a Columbus to Willard local that struck the side of a southbound frac sand train, the W314, at the end of a passing siding.

Trains magazine cited unnamed sources as saying that the crew that ran past a stop signal had switched off PTC on their locomotive in order to conduct switching operations.

After the crash, the locomotive of the H702 derailed along with 25 freight cars.

An earlier report indicated that the engineer of the W314 had flashed his locomotive’s headlight, sounded its horn and sought to warn the local on the radio.

The crash occurred at 5:21 a.m. and did not result in any serious injuries to any crew member.

The federal law that mandates PTC systems on certain rail lines allows it to be turned off on some trains in limited circumstances, including while switching, during yard-to-yard moves, and when a train’s locomotive fails to connect with the PTC system while already en route.

CSX Trains Collide Near Carey on Columbus Sub

August 12, 2019

Two CSX crew members were taken to a hospital for evaluation after two CSX trains collided early Monday on the Columbus Subdivision north of Carey, Ohio.

The crash occurred at 5:15 a.m. where the double track ends at a point known as Springs.

About 25 cars and one locomotive derailed with the locomotive spilling diesel fuel.

Most of the derailed cars contained fracking sand, but a car carrying trash bound for a landfill also spilled.

A report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s office indicated that a northbound (railroad westbound) train ran past a stopping point and struck cars in a southbound (railroad eastbound) train.

A CSX statement said the carrier is investigating the derailment and declined to provide much detail, including whether both trains were moving at the time of the crash.

The sheriff’s report indicated that the locomotive engineer of the eastbound train said he tried to alert the westbound train that it was fouling the single track by flashing his engine’s lights, blowing his horn, and calling on the train radio.

The report said the locomotive engineer of the westbound train only remembered his engine rolling on its side after impact.

The rail line was expected to be blocked for about 24 hours while crews cleaned up the site.