Posts Tagged ‘CSX in Buffalo NY’

CSX Considering Shrinking Yards in Buffalo Region

October 3, 2019

CSX is considering reducing the size of Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York, as part of a program that may include other infrastructure reduction in western New York.

Trains magazine cited unnamed sources in a report that said CSX is eyeing removal of bowl track groups 2 through 5 in the main yard.

In recent years the carrier has used these tracks for car storage.

Under the proposal, Bowl Group 1 will remain in service while Groups 6 and 7 will be rebuilt to for flat switching with a new lead at Bailey Avenue.

The report said this part of the yard is now used for light classification work for local industry jobs.

There are no plans to remove the yard hump for now, but CSX will likely flatten it later.

CSX is also reportedly considering changes at other yards, including consolidation, in the Buffalo region that it considers to be under used.

Those yards are Niagara, Kenmore, and Ohio, are underutilized, the source says.

Trains said CSX representatives did not respond to its emailed requests for comment.

Hey! Be Careful Where You Point That Thing

February 25, 2015

More than likely a CSX employee has been told where he aims that thing after several residents in Buffalo, N.Y., complained of having their homes damaged by ballast sent flying by a jet blower used to clear snow from the tracks.

The blower sent baseball-sized rocks crashing through windows of homes on Linden and Crescent avenues in North Buffalo.

Some of the residents told WIBV-TV that they thought their homes were being robbed.

CSX said its workers were clearing snow from tracks that are located about 100 feet from Crescent Avenue. The snow blower was on the side of the tracks.

Pat McDonell said he found damage to the side of his home and even his car. There was visible damage to both, including a smashed-in wood frame with broken glass.

“I came out to throw the trash away and I noticed all four windows of the back of my house had been shattered including my wood frame,” McDonell said. “I found out shortly after that it was a railroad snow thrower that was throwing rocks the size of a fist.”

Reports of damage came from residents on both sides of the tracks on Crescent and Linden Avenues. Whinney Finbar lives on Crescent and is hoping that CSX fixes the damage.

“In all the 62 years I’ve lived here they’ve never used a snow blower back there that I know of,” Finbar said. “I’ve never had this problem. If they make it right I’m not upset.”

CSX apologized to homeowners and said anyone with damage caused by the flying rocks can call their claims center at 1-877 TELLCSX or 877-835-5279.

CSX Says it Will Mask Odor of Garbage Trains

August 15, 2014

CSX has pledged to New York lawmakers that it will “do everything possible” to keep trains hauling garbage from being parked in residential areas of Buffalo and Depew.

The railroad also said it would use deodorizers in an effort to combat the stench that has plagued nearby residents all summer. But some are skeptical that the railroad will always do what it said it would.

“If something happens and they need to park a train in a residential area, you can’t possibly open these [containers], so how do you deodorize them?” Linda Hammer, a Depew village trustee told the Buffalo News.

She said her main concern is the proposed increase of garbage train traffic potentially being handled by CSX to an incinerator in Niagara Falls. “I don’t understand how they’re going to divert all these trains.” CSX made the promise after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer met with CSX Transportation CEO Michael Ward.

Schumer of said that CSX executives also agreed that trains carrying hazardous materials will not idle in Depew.

According to a statement released by Schumer, Ward has “pledged to take positive actions” to help improve the quality of life for those who live in residential areas near the busy CSX terminal area.