Posts Tagged ‘CSX Willard Yard’

CSX to Abolish New Castle Yardmaster Job

July 8, 2016

There was some chatter this week on Trainorders.com about how CSX has abolished the last clerk position at Willard Yard and will soon end the yardmaster position in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

CSX logo 1Reports are that the Willard yardmaster will oversee the New Castle yard.

One report said that New Castle was originally used to block coal trains, but that business has fallen off in recent years.

Some block swapping might continue to be done in New Castle or it may be shifted to other yards.

Colorful Outing on CSX

April 2, 2014
I had to toss in a little BNSF orange into the Crayola box. Here is a westbound at Attica Junction.

I had to toss in a little BNSF orange into the Crayola box. Here is a westbound at Attica Junction.

 

I made a trip to the Willard area the other weekend and was treated to quite the color variety along the CSX main. In no particular order here is what I was able to get.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Road slug looking nice and clean.

Road slug looking nice and clean.

A remote GP-38-2 works the west end of Willard as that NS/CREX set we saw earlier cools it's wheels in the distance.

A remote GP-38-2 works the west end of Willard as that NS/CREX set we saw earlier cools it’s wheels in the distance.

An in your face eastbound at Boughtonville.

An in your face eastbound at Boughtonville.

CSX 8357, Clinchfield 3023 in a former life, leads an eastbound mixed freight into Willard.

CSX 8357, Clinchfield 3023 in a former life, leads an eastbound mixed freight into Willard.

A  K train departed with a Kansas City Southern retro Belle leader, seen first at the Boughtonville Road crossing.

A K train departed with a Kansas City Southern retro Belle leader, seen first at the Boughtonville Road crossing.

  . . . and then at the Route 13 crossing on the former Big 4 near Greenwich.

. . . and then at the Route 13 crossing on the former Big 4 near Greenwich.

As I arrived in Willard an eastbound was departing with NS and CEFX for power. Let's see, the first two CSX moves had NS leaders, what a way to start the day.

As I arrived in Willard an eastbound was departing with NS and CEFX for power. Let’s see, the first two CSX moves had NS leaders, what a way to start the day.

I chased this train to get multiple shots of this WP covered hopper.

I chased this train to get multiple shots of this WP covered hopper.

A westbound is stopped at the 191 signals just east of Greenwich in the last light of day.

A westbound is stopped at the 191 signals just east of Greenwich in the last light of day.

Some Willard Residents Return to Their Homes

November 29, 2013

Some Willard residents are still displaced, but most of those forced from their homes after a CSX tank car leaked a hazardous substance were able to return home Thursday afternoon.

The residents of about 400 houses were vacated early Wednesday morning after a derailment resulted in the spilling of 13,000 gallons of styrene monomer, a flammable chemical used to make plastic.

Most residents returned home around 3 p.m. on Thursday after air testing showed it was safe. However, the 10 percent of residences closest to the spill site remained away from their homes as the cleanup efforts continued late Thursday.

Willard city manager Brian Humphress said officials hope that those still displaced could return no later than Saturday.

Those forced from their homes were treated to a thanksgiving meal in the in the Willard High School cafeteria. Ohio Gov. John Kasich came to the dinner to mingle with the residents of the southern Huron County city.

The menu included ham with pineapple slices, stuffing, corn, potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, and desserts.

Paper turkeys decorated the tables and a television set was tuned to an NFL football game featuring the Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers.

About 250 Willard residents attended the meal.

Rusty Orben, CSX director of public affairs, said air-quality testing continues and that the railroad is will investigate the accident’s cause after the cleanup is completed in a few days.

Four tank cars that derailed late Tuesday night were back on the tracks Thursday morning, which allowed workers to begin digging out ballast and soil beneath the tracks that was soaked with the spilled styrene. Two of the derailed cars also contained flammable chemicals.

The accident brought train traffic on CSX’s busy main line across Ohio to a halt, with some trains diverted to other routes.

Gary Ousley, Huron County’s chief dog warden, said his office is housing 20 to 25 dogs at the dog warden’s office and the Huron County Humane Society until their owners can retrieve them.

He said all the animals the agency had assisted seem to be in good condition.