Posts Tagged ‘CSX trash trains’

Catching Trains on OC’s Cambridge Line

April 7, 2020

Last Friday I went to Zanesville to chase the Ohio Central Cambridge turn.  I was successful in catching that coming out of Cambridge tunnel.

This used to be the former Baltimore & Ohio line between Wheeling, West Virginia, and Columbus.

I also got a bonus train with a garbage train coming in from CSX. It’s brought in by one crew then pulls east onto the Cambridge line.

Another crew then couples on and pulls the train south to its destination of a landfill at New Lexington, Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

While Waiting for Amtrak at Bort Road

July 5, 2017

Here comes CSX train Q112 bearing down on Bort Road.

Another view of the Q112.

Red and gold containers on the Q112.

Not far behind the Q112 was an eastbound trash train.

The one-lane wood bridge at Bort Road near North East, Pennsylvania, is one of my favorite places to photograph.

It spans the CSX Erie West Subdivision and road traffic on the bridge is not heavy.

In fact during an early June visit the road traffic was non-existent because the bridge was closed.

The timbers of the Norfolk Southern crossing had been removed and crews were the process of renovating the crossing.

My primary purpose in visiting Bort Road on this day was to catch Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

It was running about 45 minutes late and there were other CSX trains to occupy my attention, including the ones shown here.

Morning in Marion

March 15, 2017

Sometimes it all works out. I had arrived in Marion at 7:35 a.m. and the sun was high enough to be able to illuminate a southbound (railroad eastbound) train on either the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern or the Columbus Subdivision of CSX.

How nice it would be right now to have a heritage unit leading an eastbound on NS. That was too much to wish for, but maybe I could get a train on the Columbus Sub.

That might have been too much to wish for, too, because traffic can be sporadic on the Columbus Sub.

Thirty-three minutes after I arrived NS sent a westbound stack train through town. That was nice but it was going in the wrong direction for the light.

Nineteen minutes later came an NS eastbound, but I knew from monitoring the scanner that there was train coming my way on the Columbus Sub.

The Q711 arrived a minutes after the eastbound NS manifest freight began to bang the diamonds of the CSX Mt. Victory Subdivision.

It might have been leading a trash train, but C40-8W No. 7790 looked good in the morning light.

Article and Photorgraph by Craig Sanders

Last Trash Train Arrives at Kentucky Landfill

April 20, 2016

The last trash train bound for a Kentucky landfill was unloaded on Tuesday.

The Big Run landfill near Ashland, Kentucky, has announced that it would cease accepting garbage by rail, but the unloading of the CSX train occurred eight months ahead of the date the company had set to cease receiving trash by rail.

CSX logo 1EnviroSolutions, which operates the Big Run Landfill said that it was ending shipments by rail ahead of schedule due to ongoing litigation.

The trash trains have been the subject of complaints of odors. The company had invested millions of dollars in developing the landfill, including building a yard to handle the trash trains.

It is unclear what will happen to the yard and the spur that leads to it. The trash had originated in New York and New Jersey.

The loss of the trash trains will mean two fewer daily trains in the CSX terminal at Russell, Kentucky, which has already been hard hit by falling coal traffic.

CSX has indicated that it will no longer be serving its Ohio Lexington Subdivision, which had hosted the trash trains.

Kentucky Landfill to Stop Getting Trash Trains

August 21, 2015

A landfill in eastern Kentucky is phasing out receiving trash by train.

EnviroSolutions Inc. said it will phase out rail operations at its CSX-served Big Run Landfill following an increase in complaints from community leaders and opposition groups.

The company operates a municipal solid waste landfill in Boyd County near Ashland along a former Chesapeake & Ohio line.

Rail volume will fall by 30 percent by the end of this year and end by late 2016, reducing the landfill’s intake by 75 percent.

EnviroSolutions is reportedly divesting all New York and New Jersey rail assets and waste facilities.

“Rail has been a significant focus by a lot of the opposition groups and neighbors and we’ve heard them,” said EnviroSolutions CEO Dean Kattler. “This is a massive decision for us… We have a massive rail yard that took a lot of dollars, millions and millions of dollars of investment and so it’s a significant shift in our business.”

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the landfill over allegeded violations of the Clean Air Act.

Opposition groups have cited an increase in odor complaints of both trash trains and the landfill.

The company hopes to reach a compromise solution that would allow the facility to stay open for local business.

However, the Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously voted last month to support the closing the landfill. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for late August.

The Kentucky landfill receives trash by rail several days a week from unit trains carrying garbage from New York and New Jersey cities.

Those trains are Q710/Q711 between Kearney, New Jersey, and Russell, Kentucky.

The landfill is the only rail-served industry left on the remnant of the former Lexington to Ashland route.