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CSX Will Keep New Castle Sub

January 24, 2018

The review of the future of the CSX New Castle Subdivision turned out to be brief.

Trains magazine, which reported earlier this week that the former Baltimore & Ohio route between Baltimore and Greenwich, Ohio, was among 8,000 miles of routes that CSX was looking to potentially sell or lease, reported a day later that CSX plans to continue operating the route.

Trains said that new Executive Vice President of Operations Edmond Harris pushed for keeping the line, which passes through Akron, Kent and Youngstown.

In both reports, the magazine did not name its sources, saying only that the information came from “people familiar with the matter.”

The New Castle Sub begins at Greenwich and extends eastward to West Pittsburgh. If CSX were to sell or lease the line that hosts about 24 trains a day it would in effect be pulling out of Pittsburgh.

The Baltimore-Greenwich route was once the B&O’s primary route between Chicago and Baltimore/Washington and hosted such passenger trains as the Capitol Limited, Diplomat, Shenandoah and Ambassador.

Trains said that a CSX spokesman would not confirm the decision to exclude the Baltimore-Greenwich line from consideration for sale or lease, nor would the carrier affirm the accuracy of the list that the magazine published on its website.

The ex-B&O route west of Greenwich is CSX’s primary freight route between Chicago and the middle Atlantic and New England regions of the East Coast.

Anthony Hatch of ABH Consulting told Trains that he expects CSX to reveal more information about its potential line sales or leases during an investor’s conference to be held on March 1 in New York.

Hatch said he was surprised that CSX would consider selling or leasing as much as 8,000 miles of track, calling it “serious stuff.” The 8,000 route miles would represent a third of the railroad’s 21,000-mile network.

In its initial report, Trains said that not all 8,000 of those miles were expected to actually be sold or leased to a short line, regional or startup operator.

A few routes in Illinois and Florida have already been offered by CSX for sale or lease.

Pitt Tunnel Project Wins Engineering Awards

February 28, 2014

A tunnel project in Pittsburgh that was part of establishing the CSX National Gateway Network has won an engineering award.

The J&L Tunnel modification project the Project of the Year Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.

The awarding organizations cited the project’s safe completion, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and community benefits.
Completed in late 2013, the J&L Tunnel Project increased the vertical clearance of a 130-year-old tunnel running through Pittsburgh’s “SouthSide Works,” a mixed-use residential and commercial development on the site of former steel mill.

CSX worked with public officials, local businesses and residents to minimize noise and disruption during construction. CSX later restored trees and plantings, and made landscaping improvements to the overlying Tunnel Park.

The J&L Tunnel was constructed in the 1880s as part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie line to enable trains to pass beneath the former J&L Steel Co.’s Pittsburgh Works facility.

CSX recently announced a $50 million proposal to redevelop the former P&LE yard in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township into a new intermodal rail facility.