Posts Tagged ‘CSX in Kentucky’

CSX Train Derails in Kentucky During Severe Storm

December 12, 2021

No crew members were injured after 28 cars of a CSX train were derailed during a severe storm system early Saturday morning that spawned tornadoes across six states that left at nearly 100 dead in Kentucky alone.

The derailment of train Q500 occurred shortly after midnight between Earlington and Morton’s Gap, Kentucky.

A CSX spokesman told Trains magazine the 28 cars that derailed were empty. However, photographs of the derailment showed at least one hopper car with spilled contents.

Some cars landed 75 yards away from the tracks of the Henderson Subdivision.

The spokesman said contrary to some reports none of the derailed rail cars struck nearby homes.

“The safety of the community is our top priority as we work on our recovery plan,” CSX said in a statement “CSX personnel are coordinating with local emergency responders to stage the site in order to clear the derailed cars from the tracks.”

Earlington is located about 120 miles southwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

New reports indicated that the storm system spawned more than 30 tornadoes including one that stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky.

Reports indicate that at least 84 deaths in Kentucky have thus far been attributed to the tornadoes, which touched down in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Fatalities were also reported in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee.

To view photographs of the derailment and adjacent storm damage, visit

2 CSX Workers Hurt in Kentucky Derailment

February 14, 2020

Two CSX employees were hospitalized when their train derailed after striking a landslide and caught fire on Thursday morning in Draffin, Kentucky.

The two crew members were reported to have non-life threatening injuries at Pikeville Medical Center.

In a statement, CSX said the southbound train had three locomotives, 96 loaded ethanol cars and two loaded sand cars.

CSX said five of the cars derailed, including four ethanol tanks and one sand car.

The train was reported to be the K429-11 and the derailment occurred on the Kingsport Subdivision five miles north of Elkhorn City.

Lead unit AC4400CW No. 198 plunged nose first into the Big Sandy River.

Eyewitness accounts said the two crew members escaped through the nose of the 198 and stood partly submerged in the water yelling for help.

One resident who heard the crew said they were saying one of them was injured would need to be evacuated by boat or helicopter.

A boat sent by the Millard Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and got the crew members off the locomotive before fire reached it.

The landslide is thought to have been triggered by two weeks of rain in the area.

The railroad said it had sent environmental monitoring devices to the scene.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet was sampling water near the derailment site to ensure that was safe to drink.

Two water districts, Mountain Water District and the City of Pikeville, were affected but had employees on site to monitor and control the impact.

The derailment occurred near intake facilities for the water systems.

“We got a 911 call of a train derailment just above the Draffin bridge, which is where we’re standing here, and the engines were on fire,” said an emergency official. “Where the fire was at the time near the derailment, because of the where the fire was, in case of explosion.”

A man who lives near the derailment site said he saw an orange glow and flames were leading 50 to 60 feet into the air. Draffin is located in Pike County.

After the fire died down, CSX crews pulled the non derailed cars away from the scene.

Another landslide occurred at the site and pushed a tank car into the river.

No Injuries in Kentucky CSX Derailment, Fire

May 3, 2018

No injuries occurred on Tuesday afternoon after a CSX train derailed and caught fire near near Lebanon Junction, Kentucky.

The train had two locomotives and 50 loaded auto rack cars and was en route to Florida when the derailment occurred about 4 p.m. Two locomotives and 18 cars left the tracks.

Fire firefighters had extinguished the ensuring blaze by late Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday cleanup crews were on the scene moving derailed equipment to a staging area.

CSX officials said the neither the fire or the derailment posed a safety risk to the public.

The derailment site is about 30 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky, on the Mainline Subdivision between Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee (former Louisville & Nashville).

CSX to Change Indiana, Kentucky Traffic Pattern

August 18, 2016

CSX operated its executive train in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio this week as part of an inspection of a new route for eastbound freight traffic moving between Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati.

The special operated north from Louisville on the Louisville & Indiana Railroad to Seymour, Indiana, where it then turned east to travel to Cincinnati on the CSX Indiana Subdivision.

CSX logo 3An L&I news release said that on or shortly after Sept. 1 CSX will move eastbound traffic off its current route between Louisville and Cincinnati from a former Louisville & Nashville route to follow the path taken by the inspection train.

Westbound traffic from Cincinnati to Louisville will continue to use the ex-L&N.

The new routing is former Pennsylvania Railroad between Louisville and Seymour, and former Baltimore & Ohio between Seymour and Cincinnati with the latter having been part of the Cincinnati-St. Louis mainline.

At one time, the B&O had its own route between Louisville and North Vernon, Indiana, on the St. Louis line, but that route has since been abandoned.

CSX and the L&I have recently rebuilt the ex-Pennsy route between Louisville and Seymour, which hosted Amtrak’s Kentucky Cardinal between 1999 and 2003.

In PRR days, the route hosted Chicago-Louisville trains and through service for Florida, including the South Wind.

CSX spent $100 million for track and signal improvements to the L&I line that will raise the top speed from 25 mph to 49 mph.

An online report said that by adopting directional running CSX will be able to operate longer trains that are not limited by siding length on the ex-L&N route.

CSX has been publicizing the increase in traffic on the Indiana Sub in recent weeks, with the L&I news release saying that CSX train frequency will increase from three to four trains per day to as many as 10 with additional traffic possible.

Three of the CSX trains  on the L&I operate north of Seymour to Indianapolis. Those trains do not operate daily.

The Indiana Sub sees little traffic west of Seymour across Indiana and CSX has taken much of the line out of service within Illinois. Until the middle 1960s, this was the route used by the B&O premier St. Louis-Washington train the National Limited.

The former L&N mainline in Kentucky will continue to see a local operating in both directions and perhaps an eastbound intermodal train, the Q134.

The Indiana Sub still has numerous B&O color position light signals in use between Seymour and Cincinnati.

CSX Cutting 101 Jobs at Russell Yard

March 16, 2016

CSX is eliminating 101 union and management positions at its yard in Russell, Kentucky, citing a falloff in coal traffic.

The positions being cut are in the transportation and mechanical departments. CSX spokesperson Melanie Cost said yard operations at Russell will continue and there are no plans at present to reduce positions or operations in the locomotive shop and engineering departments.

CSX logo 1CSX has 430 employees assigned to the Russell terminal. The affected union workers will be offered relocation opportunities and benefits as mandated by the terms of their contract. Management employees will be offered relocation options or a severance package.

Cost said most of the operations at Russell Yard involve coal trains moving from the central Appalachian coal fields.

She said that lower natural gas prices have led to a decrease in coal traffic for the railroad during the past five years. During that period, CSX coal revenue fell by $1.4 billion.

Russell Yard also is used to build several manifest freights including trains traveling between Russell and Richmond, Virginia (Q302/303); Avon [Indianapolis], Indiana, (Q310/Q311); Cincinnati (Q312/Q313/Q319/Q320); Cumberland, Maryland, (Q316/Q317); and Willard, Ohio (Q634/Q635).

Coal trains handled at Russell serve mines in eastern Kentucky and in West Virginia. Trash trains Q710/Q711 also are serviced in Russell along with grain and crude oil trains.

At present, Russell has yard jobs on three shifts and is served by several road locals. Some light power moves are made between Russell and the locomotive shops in Huntington, West Virginia.

Aside from declining coal traffic, CSX business in Kentucky has suffered from the closing of AK Steel’s blast furnace in Ashland and is expected to fall even more when a landfill in the region ceases accepting trash by rail and instead will be truck-only.

Russell Yard used to handle traffic that used the former Clinchfield route to reach the Carolinas before much of the ex-Clinchfield was closed.

CSX still originates about 20 to 25 trains a day in Russell. Last year that figure was 30 to 40.

Although the job cuts are not expected to decrease carload volume, they may cut the number of originating trains due to some trains no longer making pickups and setoffs in Russell.