Posts Tagged ‘CSX Avon Yard’

CSX Buys Yard Control System

August 7, 2021

CSX has awarded a contract to Trainyard Tech to install its CLASSMASTER™ hump yard process control system at Avon Yard near Indianapolis.

In a news release, Trainyard Tech said the system will result in more efficient operation of the 55-track classification yard and improve safety.

Trainyard said its system will simplify troubleshooting, analyze yard trends, review up-to-the minute historical performance, and provide information about an individual railcar or yard devices.

CSX plans eventually to install the Trainyard Tech system in all five of its hump yards.

CSX Locomotives Catch Fire in Avon Yard

July 12, 2019

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out Wednesday night in the CSX classification yard in Avon, Indiana, just west of Indianapolis.

Local firefighters responded to the fire, which occurred after two locomotives derailed, spilled diesel fuel and caught fire.

In a statement, CSX said the fuel spill had been contained and there was no safety risk to the public or adverse effect on waterways. The locomotives were reported to be upright.

CSX to Reopen Another Hump

July 2, 2018

Maybe hump yards are more important than some high-ranking railroads initially thought.

CSX plans to resume within the next few weeks hump operations at its Radnor Yard in Nashville, Tennessee.

It had been converted a year ago to flat switching as part of system-wide operational changes made by the late E. Hunter Harrison, who was then CSX’s CEO.

But CSX found flat switching in the ex-Louisville & Nashville facility to be cumbersome so it is reversing course.

CSX also had shut down its hump at Avon Yard in Indianapolis last August, but reopened it less than a month later after the western end of its system became congested.

Harrison was not a fan of hump yards and changed eight of the CSX’s hump operations to flat switching. At one time, CSX officials said they expected to have a few as one or two hump yards still in operation.

In a statement, a CSX spokesman indicated that congestion was behind the move to resume humping yards at Radnor yard, saying that “given the footprint complexities of flat switching at Radnor Yard in Nashville, we will improve network fluidity, optimize train starts, dramatically reduce out-of-route train miles and switching costs by reopening the hump,”

Before its hump closed, Radnor Yard was CSX’s third busiest hump, trailing only Waycross, Georgia, and Selkirk, New York.

Radnor was classifying an average of 1,477 cars a day, which was within the range that Harrison said was an insufficient volume to justify the operating and capital expenses of a hump yard.

Although CSX declined to reveal how many cars a day Radnor classifies on average now, it remains in the company’s top 10 terminals in volume.

CSX officials said that when the Radnor hump reopens will depend on completing maintenance of retarders and other infrastructure.

The CSX spokesman said that once Radnor’s hump resumes operation, CSX will eye downgrading operations at other yards and infrastructure.

Norfolk Southern also found itself having to backtrack on ending hump operations at its Debutts Yard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after facing congestion issues due to rising traffic volume on the southern region of its network.

CSX to Keep 4 Humps, Unload Some Trackage

May 24, 2018

CSX plans to keep four hump yards but is reviewing other “underused” facilities, including 8,000 miles of trackage that may be abandoned or sold.

CEO James Foote disclosed the plans during a speech to the Wolfe Research Global Transportation Conference.

“We’re doing a good job of analyzing about 8,000 miles of railroad and trying to determine what segments fit into  . . . three baskets,” Foote said.

He identified those are core and non-core routes, and lines that are somewhere in the middle and need further analysis to determine whether they should be retained or spun off.

The hump yards that CSX plans to keep open for now are located in Waycross, Georgia.; Selkirk, New York; Indianapolis (Avon); and Cincinnati (Queensgate).

Foote said Waycross and Selkirk are anchors in their regions of the CSX network.

Avon and Queesgate have been processing cars at record levels. CSX briefly closed Avon Yard as a hump and talked about moving its yarding duties to smaller yards in Indianapolis but backed away from those plans after its network became congested.

CSX will continue to seek to consolidate underused local switching and support yards in an effort to find more efficiency gains.

Foote contended that railroad’s financial goals for the next three years are not necessarily contingent on selling off routes.

One of those objectives is to have a 60 percent operating ratio which is the percent of revenue that is being devoted to operating expenses.

“This is not something that was in the plan that says if we don’t do this we can’t hit a 60 operating ratio,” Foote said. “This is totally separate and independent. And again to a large degree, it goes back to learning, understanding the complete footprint of the CSX network and how it should be most efficiently and effectively run.”

The financial plan, which governs operations through 2020, calls for cost-cutting, efficiency gains and revenue increases.

This include selling real estate, which is expected to net $300 million. The plan also identified $500 million in potential line sales.

CSX said it is talking with numerous would-be buyers who have expressed interest in routes the Class 1 carrier might be willing to sell.

The carrier has said it doesn’t have a target number for how many miles it wants to sell or abandon.

Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro said that management recently held an “intense dialogue” about core and non-core routes with the company’s board or directors.

Lonegro said management outlined what routes were considered part of the core and which lines no longer fit into CSX’s plans.

“Precision scheduled railroading has clearly given us the opportunity to look more at redundant routes and branch lines that don’t carry very much traffic,” he said.