Posts Tagged ‘CSX locals’

Two for Tuesday: CSX in Clinton

June 15, 2021

Here is a two for Tuesday from the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

In the top image CSX GP40-2 No. 6415 with train D750 is westbound in Warwick on May 20, 2021. The local is based out of Warwick Yard in Clinton.

In the bottom image,  CSX ET44AC No. 3457 leads a westbound past the former Warwick Tower.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Heading Out of Seville

May 6, 2020

Traffic on the CSX line that operates out of Sterling to Cleveland and Lorain can be rather sparse these days so let’s go back a few years.

It is July 2, 2004 and CSX GP38-2 No. 2801 is leading a train southbound out of Seville.

The line split at Lester with one branch going to Lorain and another to Cleveland.

Now the line where this image was made is seldom used with CSX running a local out of Cleveland to pick up and deliver cars to shippers along the line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

4-Axle Power

February 3, 2020

CSX often uses four-axle locomotives for local train service and yard work.

Shown above is No. 2000, a GP38-3 currently assigned to CSX local D750.

It was captured at work on Jan. 14, 2020 at Warwick on the New Castle Subdivision.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Now an Oldie But Goodie

September 13, 2018

Conrail has been gone for 19 years, but it doesn’t seem like it because there are so many reminders of it still around.

For starters Conrail still lives in the form of Conrail Shared Assets territories in Detroit and on the East Coast.

Also, there are still numerous freight cars still in Conrail markings running around.

A handful of cabooses still wearing their Conrail colors and markings are also still out there.

One of those used to be assigned to a CSX local in Marion.

This image was made in June 2015 when the local still had a touch of Big Blue. It is shown returning to the yard.

I’ve since seen locals working in Marion, but not with cabooses.

Get Hunter on the Phone

June 6, 2017

What in the name of precision scheduled railroading is going on with this CSX train? It has two locomotives and a mere three cars, two tank cars and a cover hopper.

And here we thought the operating plan at CSX since E. Hunter Harrison took over is to expand train length and not shrink it.

Of course this train, show passing through North East, Pennsylvania, en route to Buffalo, New York, after working the yard in Erie is a local and those are usually short.

CSX manifest freights had been growing in length long before Harrison arrived on the scene.

Yet it seems only a matter of time before someone in Jacksonville gets the idea that one of those monster manifests could have dropped off the cars in Erie and another could have picked up the outbound traffic.

For now, it would seem that locals continue to have a place at CSX and perhaps in the foreseeable future. But the railroad is still working out its operating plan and more changes are likely to occur.

Perhaps overlooked in Harrison’s philosophy is his belief that cars should not sit idle in yards. He likes to see freight moving, not sitting still until the next train can be made up sometime in the next 24 hours or the next few days.

That is why we are now seeing cuts of cars tacked onto the rear of auto rack trains.

These are, to say the least, interesting times for those who enjoy watching how railroads operate.

Locals, Locals, Locals in Marion

June 13, 2015

The caboose says "Conrail," but the train is very much CSX.

The caboose says “Conrail,” but the train is very much CSX.

Although I’ve been to Marion several times over the years, it was always on a Saturday or Sunday. Recently I had the opportunity to make a weekday visit to one of Ohio’s top railroad hot spots.

The rail traffic was pretty much what you would see on a weekend with one notable exception. I saw three CSX locals pass the Marion Union Station, including a local on the Columbus Subdivision that I didn’t know existed.

The first local left the yard west of the station and went east not long after I arrived in late morning. It is the same local that sometimes operates on weekends and has a caboose.

In years past this caboose has carried Erie Lackawanna markings, but the current car is wearing faded Conrail colors and markings. It scooted past with four covered hopper cars to work in the eastern part of town.

It returned about three hours later with a like number of covered hoppers. That is when things got interesting.

As the first local was backing into the Marion yard, a second local was prepared to leave the yard to head east with two covered hopper cars.

South of town on the Columbus Sub, a local had finished working and was headed north for Harpster, where it would turn and head back home to Columbus.

None of the locals were going to move until eastbound Q008 passed through town on the former Big Four. The Q008 is a hotshot intermodal train that carries UPS trailers.

After it ambled through, the two-car local followed it and then the Columbus Sub local got the signal to cross the ex-Big Four.

All of the locals had four-axle power with the two-car local having just one unit.

The consists of these trains may not have been out of the ordinary, but seeing three locals in the space of an hour was something different.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The first local backs its way across the diamonds and into Marion Yard. The view was made from the top steps of AC tower.

The first local backs its way across the diamonds and into Marion Yard. The view was made from the top steps of AC tower.

The noses of three CSX trains are looking eastward from Marion Yard. The train on the far left is the Q008, which is just passing through.

The noses of three CSX trains are looking eastward from Marion Yard. The train on the far left is the Q008, which is just passing through.

With the priority traffic out of the way, the second local can leave the yard and get to work. Once it clears, the first local can do some switching operations in the Marion yard.

With the priority traffic out of the way, the second local can leave the yard and get to work. Once it clears, the first local can do some switching operations in the Marion yard.

Switching tracks just before banging across the diamonds.

Switching tracks just before banging across the diamonds.

The third of the three locals to pass Marion Union Station was the job that works north out of Columbus.

The third of the three locals to pass Marion Union Station was the job that works north out of Columbus.

A string of tank cars brings up the rear of the northbound local on the CSX Columbus Sub.

A string of tank cars brings up the rear of the northbound local on the CSX Columbus Sub.

 

CSX Establishes New Locals on New Castle Sub

June 8, 2014

CSX has changed operations of the trains on the New Castle Subdivision that do local work between Willard, Ohio, and New Castle, Pa.

New trains Q330 and Q331 began operation on June 2 as over the road locals. They work en route at Ohio Junction (Youngstown area), Lordstown, Akron, Warwick and Sterling.

Annulled were locals D763 and D740, but the D750 and D762 continue to work daily.

Reportedly, a local has also been established to work from Lester to Akron and return.

The D740 Was the Most Interesting Train

February 14, 2014

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CSX westbound local D740 had foreign power as it headed for Willard.

CSX local D740 was the most interesting train on Thursday.  It operates Monday through Friday from Willard to Lester and return.

Leaving eastbound from Willard at about 7 a.m., it drops cars at Sterling in the eastbound siding for the D750.

Then it heads north to Lester on the CL&W Sub, where it sets off its train west of Medina in the Smith Road siding.

It then picks up cars at Lester from D741 (Clark Avenue Yard-Lester) and D742 (Lester-Lorain).  Returning south to Sterling, the D740 picks up cars from the D750 in the westbound siding at Sterling (usually early afternoon), and returns to Willard.

Today’s D740  westbound at Sterling had Wheeling  & Lake Erie 303 (GP-40-2), W&LE 305 (GP-40-2), CSX 2210 (road slug), CSX 6435 (GP-40-2) and LTEX 2710 (GP-38).  The last three units were dead in tow. There were 86 cars on this westbound train.  I do not know the reason or owner/leaser of LTEX 2710.

The train consists of steel loads/empties, paper for The Plain Dealer, chemicals, pipe loads/empties and grain, among other things.

Article and Photograph by Michael Koch