Posts Tagged ‘CSX’

NS, CSX Donate to Hurricane Relief Funds

September 23, 2017

CSX said it was able to quickly restore rail service in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida on Sept. 10.

The carrier said in a news release that despite devastating winds and flooding, CSX re-established rail service in most of the Southeast United States within hours, into and out of northern Florida within 24 hours, and throughout the vast majority of the state within a week.

The railroad had to clear 8,000 fallen trees from its tracks and deploying hundreds of generators to run railroad signals and crossings after widespread commercial power outages.

Before the storm hit, CSX removed more than 1,500 rail cars from Florida and held nearly 200 trains and thousands of cars.

CSX said it helped communities and individuals recover from the hurricane through charitable contributions and in-kind donations to state and national relief agencies. It worked with state officials to expedite critical shipments of propane, animal feed and other commodities that residents needed.

In a related move, the Norfolk Southern Foundation donated $100,000 and will match certain NS employee gifts as part of the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

The foundation will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 each to the Feeding Tampa Bay and Feeding South Florida food banks. It also will match employee donations for relief efforts made to those charitable organizations.

NS is making interest-free loans of up to $10,000 to its employees in Florida and elsewhere who sustained damage to their homes or loss of household property caused by severe storms and flooding associated with Irma. About 200 NS employees live and work in Florida.

Earlier this month, the NS Foundation donated $50,000 each to the American Red Cross and Houston Food Bank to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

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New Train Serving Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal

September 22, 2017

A new daily intermodal train is now operating between Norfolk, Virginia, and the just-opened CSX intermodal terminal in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

The train is carrying double-stacked containers between the Port of Virginia to Richmond, where it gets onto the former Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad.

The train passes through Washington, using the newly completed Virginia Avenue tunnel, before heading west on the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline.

CSX Named to DJ Sustainability Index

September 22, 2017

CSX has made the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for a seventh consecutive year.

The list recognizes sustainable and responsible business practices and CSX was the only U.S.-based railroad and one of three transportation companies included on the North American index.

In a news release, CSX said it was recognized for its performance in corporate governance, supply chain management, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, as well in the environmental areas of policy, management systems, fuel efficiency and operational eco-efficiency.

CSX Says Metrics Continue to Improve

September 21, 2017

Hurricane Irma may have caused some local problems for CSX, but the railroad told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board this week that the storm did not set it back in recovering from the service issues that have plagued the carrier since summer.

CSX executives said that terminal dwell improved for the seventh straight week, and average train velocity improved for the fourth week. In both cases, the metrics were adjusted to take into account the effects of Irma in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
“Hurricane Irma did not interfere with broad recovery momentum,” CSX said in its presentation to the STB.

In advance of the hurricane, CSX evacuated 1,500 freight cars from Florida.

It held thousands of cars and nearly 200 trains as the storm lashed the Southeast. Service began to be restored within 24 hours of the storm moving out.

Workers removed 8,000 fallen trees from tracks and used more than 700 generators to provide power to signals and grade-crossings.

In its presentation to the STB, CSX said the average train speed of 15 mph was the highest it’s been in nine weeks, while average terminal dwell of 11.2 hours was the lowest it’s been in 14 weeks.

The 66-percent on-time arrival rate was the highest in nine weeks and equal to last year’s figure.

CSX said that it expects to complete repairs of hurricane damaged infrastructure this week as well as work off hurricane-related traffic backlogs.

STB Sets New Date for CSX Hearing

September 21, 2017

A U.S. Surface Transportation Board hearing into CSX service issues has been set for Oct. 11.

The hearing, which the STB has termed a listening session, had been scheduled for Sept. 12, but was canceled due to the approach of Hurricane Irma.

Those interested in participating in the hearing have until Sept. 29 to notify the board.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the board’s hearing room in Washington.

During the hearing, CSX managers will provide updated information about the railroad’s service recovery efforts.

However, much of the hearing is expected to feature shippers airing their grievances and views about how CSX service issues have affected their operations.

Among other problems, CSX has had issues with average train speed, terminal dwell time and on-time performance.

CSX contends that these metrics have improved during the late summer weeks, but many shippers counter that service remains subpar.

C&O F7 Going to CSX Paint Booth

September 15, 2017

A former Chesapeake & Ohio diesel is headed for the paint booth at a CSX shop in West Virginia, but it is not clear what livery it will have when it emerges. It is now painted in C&O colors.

F7 No. 8016 is being transported from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to the Huntington locomotive shops, Trains magazine reported.

The unit had been at the Spencer, North Carolina, museum since a streamliners festival in 2014.

Built by EMD as F3 No. 800 for the Clinchfield Railroad, the unit was converted to an F7 in the 1950s. It later served C&O and CSX.

The Trains report said it is not clear how extensive the painting will be or where the locomotive might operate after it leaves the shop.

More Potatoes Coming to ‘Salad Shooter’

September 14, 2017

The westbound Cold Connect train passes through Conneaut on CSX rails.

One of CSX’s most distinct trains may be adding some more business.

Dubbed by some railroad crew members and railfans as the “salad shooter,” the dedicated train of perishables from the West Coast has been seeing its business grow.

Union Pacific and the East Idaho Railroad (owned by Watco Companies) are upgrading facilities used to move Idaho potatoes to eastern markets.

The East Idaho has seen an 18 percent growth in potato shipments this year and is leasing 20 refrigerated cars that will be outfitted with special racks and rollers to help move the produce.

Officially known as Cold Connect – a name change from the Food Train – the service begins on UP in Wallaula, Washington, with refrigerated cars of produce.

The train picks up the potatoes from the East Idaho in Pocatello, Idaho. UP interchanges the train to CSX at Chicago where the cars are transported to Syracuse, New York, and Rotterdam, New York.

The planned improvements in Idaho are designed to make Cold Connect more competitive with trucking and enable the service to increase in operations to four or five trains per week.

Some cars are being interchanged to Norfolk Southern in Chicago and routed to other destinations.

CSX VP to Head DOT Hazmat Unit

September 12, 2017

A CSX executive will be named by President Donald J. Trump to become Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Howard R. “Skip” Elliott has served for the past decade as CSX group vice president of public safety, health, environment and security.

His duties have included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, railroad policing, crisis management, environmental compliance and operations, occupational health management and continuity of business operations.

Elliott is a receipient of the Association of American Railroads Holden-Proefrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety.

A 40-year railroad industry veteran, Elliott is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and Indiana University, where he received the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Criminal Justice, and is a current member of the IU College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee.

PHMSA, which is housed within the Federal Railroad Administration, holds regulatory responsibility for hazmat transported in railroad tank cars. Among its most recent actions was overseeing development of the DOT-117A tank car for crude oil and ethanol transportation, and regulations governing phasing-out of older, “legacy” DOT-111 tank cars.

CSX Opens Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal

September 9, 2017

A new intermodal terminal operated by CSX near Pittsburgh is open for business.

The 70-acre facility along the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie in McKees Rocks will link Pittsburgh and markets in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

The intermodal terminal was a public-private partnership and cost $850 million. It will handle double-stacked containers.

“Our newest facility in Pittsburgh will connect southwestern Pennsylvania to markets across the country and around the world, while improving supply chain flows and reducing transportation costs,” said Fredrick Eliasson, vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at CSX, in a statement.

NS, CSX, Amtrak Prepare for Irma

September 8, 2017

Norfolk Southern and CSX have announced plans to deal with the effects of Hurricane Irma, which is moving toward Florida and the Atlantic coast.

NS plans to hold traffic en route to the affected region at various yards throughout its system as it seeks to alleviate congestion in those areas.

The railroad is issuing embargoes and its engineering department is staging resources, including ballast trains, equipment, and generators, so it can swing into action for storm recovery work  once the storm has passed.

CSX is taking measures that it said will protect employees, rail traffic and infrastructure while it monitors the storm.

“All necessary actions will be taken as conditions warrant, including relocation of personnel, and rerouting rail cars and locomotives out of areas in the projected path of the hurricane. Customers with freight moving through impacted areas will be advised of any potential delays.”

Amtrak plans to suspend trains serving Florida effective Saturday. These include the Miami-New York Silver Star and Silver Meteor, and the Auto Train.