Posts Tagged ‘CSX yards’

CSX Considering Shrinking Yards in Buffalo Region

October 3, 2019

CSX is considering reducing the size of Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York, as part of a program that may include other infrastructure reduction in western New York.

Trains magazine cited unnamed sources in a report that said CSX is eyeing removal of bowl track groups 2 through 5 in the main yard.

In recent years the carrier has used these tracks for car storage.

Under the proposal, Bowl Group 1 will remain in service while Groups 6 and 7 will be rebuilt to for flat switching with a new lead at Bailey Avenue.

The report said this part of the yard is now used for light classification work for local industry jobs.

There are no plans to remove the yard hump for now, but CSX will likely flatten it later.

CSX is also reportedly considering changes at other yards, including consolidation, in the Buffalo region that it considers to be under used.

Those yards are Niagara, Kenmore, and Ohio, are underutilized, the source says.

Trains said CSX representatives did not respond to its emailed requests for comment.

CSX Reopens Another Hump

September 10, 2018

The hump has reopened at CSX’s Radnor Yard in Nashville, Tennessee, making it the second hump yard to be reopened in the past year.

Radnor had been one of eight classification yards converted to flat-switching in 2017 as part of the railroad’s transition to the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

Another of those yards, Avon Yard near Indianapolis, has also seen hump operations restored.

CSX officials said that Radnor’s layout was too cumbersome for flat switching. Work to reopen the former Louisville & Nashville hump began last June.

Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro said last week that reopening the hump at Radnor shows that the company is willing to revisit and reverse decisions when necessary.

He said CSX will revisit other hump-yard decisions if merchandise traffic grows significantly in certain areas.

The railroad’s merchandise traffic is up 4 percent this year although it is still far below traffic levels posted a decade ago.

In 2016, Radnor was CSX’s third-busiest hump, trailing only Waycross, Georgia, and Selkirk, New York. At that time it classified an average of 1,477 cars per day, but CSX has not said how many cars per day it classifies now.

CSX to Reopen Another Hump

July 2, 2018

Maybe hump yards are more important than some high-ranking railroads initially thought.

CSX plans to resume within the next few weeks hump operations at its Radnor Yard in Nashville, Tennessee.

It had been converted a year ago to flat switching as part of system-wide operational changes made by the late E. Hunter Harrison, who was then CSX’s CEO.

But CSX found flat switching in the ex-Louisville & Nashville facility to be cumbersome so it is reversing course.

CSX also had shut down its hump at Avon Yard in Indianapolis last August, but reopened it less than a month later after the western end of its system became congested.

Harrison was not a fan of hump yards and changed eight of the CSX’s hump operations to flat switching. At one time, CSX officials said they expected to have a few as one or two hump yards still in operation.

In a statement, a CSX spokesman indicated that congestion was behind the move to resume humping yards at Radnor yard, saying that “given the footprint complexities of flat switching at Radnor Yard in Nashville, we will improve network fluidity, optimize train starts, dramatically reduce out-of-route train miles and switching costs by reopening the hump,”

Before its hump closed, Radnor Yard was CSX’s third busiest hump, trailing only Waycross, Georgia, and Selkirk, New York.

Radnor was classifying an average of 1,477 cars a day, which was within the range that Harrison said was an insufficient volume to justify the operating and capital expenses of a hump yard.

Although CSX declined to reveal how many cars a day Radnor classifies on average now, it remains in the company’s top 10 terminals in volume.

CSX officials said that when the Radnor hump reopens will depend on completing maintenance of retarders and other infrastructure.

The CSX spokesman said that once Radnor’s hump resumes operation, CSX will eye downgrading operations at other yards and infrastructure.

Norfolk Southern also found itself having to backtrack on ending hump operations at its Debutts Yard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after facing congestion issues due to rising traffic volume on the southern region of its network.

CSX Closes Locust Point Yard in Baltimore

May 4, 2018

CSX has closed its Locust Point Yard in Baltimore. Trains magazine said a bulletin issued to crew members said all tracks within the yard limits of the yard are out of service and trains arriving at Bayview Yard in Baltimore are to use that yard to service locomotives or running around cars to work them from the opposite end.

The bulletin took effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Locust Point is adjacent to Interstate 95 and had also served as a Maryland Rail Commuter locomotive and train servicing facility.

CSX is reportedly reviewing 150 local yards with an eye toward closing them because they are lightly or under used.

All CSX locomotives and trains that had used Locust Point have been moved to Curtis Bay Yard in Baltimore or the former Mount Clare A Yard in the city.

The MARC facility at Riverside shops remains in operation to serve Camden Line trains.

Some believe that CSX will sell the Locus Point property to commercial and/or residential developers who might find it attractive due to its waterside location.

The neighborhood adjacent to the yard has seen gentrification during the past two decades with the building of office buildings and a luxury condominium high-rise housed within former Baltimore & Ohio grain elevator silos.