Posts Tagged ‘Kanawha River Railroad’

ORDC Supports 4 CRISI Grant Applications

November 19, 2022

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved supporting four grant applications to the Federal Railroad Administration.

The four projects are seeking a collective $52 million in federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement grant funding.

The four projects include a $4.3 million project by R.J. Corman to rebuild track near Dover and Clinton. The track rehabilitation would eliminate slow orders and restore FRA Class II track speeds.

In the Cincinnati region, Norfolk Southern, CSX, and Genesee & Wyoming, are cooperating to review and establish priorities for projects that would reduce congestion in the vicinity of /Queensgate Yard.

The Kanawha River Railroad and NS are seeking $32.5 million to rebuild a rail route between Columbus and Cornelia, West Virginia.

NS owns the track but rail operations are conducted by the KRR, a subsidiary of short line holding company Watco.

The project will eliminate slow orders and restore Class II track speeds across the line.

In western Ohio, the Napoleon Defiance & Western is seeking $13.2 million to complete rehabilitating track between Defiance and Napoleon.

The project would bring the entire line back to a state of good repair.

PUCO Approves 12 Grade Crossing Projects

August 4, 2019

Six railroads will install new grade crossing protection equipment at 12 crossing as a result of recent action by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Norfolk Southern will install lights and gates at the Township Road 212 grade crossing in Arcadia by July 30, 2020.

CSX will install lights and gates as well as remove a spur track at the Main Street crossing in the New Bloomington

The Wheeling & Lake Erie will install light, gates and a new crossing surface at the County Road 504 crossing in Creston, as well as install lights and gates, and complete surface reconstruction at the Center Street crossing in New Washington;

The Kanawha River Railroad will install lights and gates at the Carpenter Road/County Road 13 crossing in Albany.

The Columbus &; and Ohio River Railroad will upgrade lights and gates at the Thornwood Drive crossing in Heath and at the Parrot Street crossing in Mt. Vernon. The crossing surface at Parrot Street also will require traffic signal preemption installed and the crossing surface to be reconstructed.

The CSX, W&LE, KRR and C&OR projects are all to be completed by April 30, 2020.

The Akron Barberton Cluster Railway will install LED lights at the Oak Street crossing in Ravenna, as well as at the Tuscarawas Avenue, Fourth Street, Hopocan Avenue, Cleveland-Massillon Road crossings in the city of Barberton.

Those projects are to be completed by July 31, 2020.

PUCO Approves 3 Grade Crossing Projects

January 5, 2018

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved grade crossing projects in Montgomery and Perry counties.

In Montgomery County, CSX will install new lights and gates at the Washington Street grade crossing in Dayton. The project is to be completed by Sept. 20, 2018.

Also in Dayton, Norfolk Southern will install new lights and gates at the crossing at Albany and Washington streets. That project must be completed within 60 days after CSX finishes its work on Washington Street.

In Perry County, the Kanawha River Railroad will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Township Road 185 grade crossing in Jackson Township. The work is to be done by Dec. 20, 2018.

Federal funding for all three projects is being provided through the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

KRR Coal Traffic Has Exceeded Expectations

August 26, 2016

An executive with Watco Companies said that it underestimated the demand for Appalachian coal when it launched the Kanawha River Railroad.

Kanawha River RailroadA month after the KRR began using the former West Virginia Secondary and Princeton-Deepwater District of Norfolk Southern, it has been running coal trains almost daily.

“Coal traffic is more than we anticipated — the domestic utility coal is up right now,” Kanawha River Railroad General Manager Derrick Jackson told Trains magazine.

As a result, the KRR has acquired additional locomotives and hired more employees for train and engine service.

The KRR has leased 10 NS SD60s and has its own fleet of three SD40-2s and four GP39-2s that are used to handle freight and local traffic.

In speaking with Trains, Jackson said the KRR is actively seeking to increase the local freight business.

Using trackage rights, KRR trains terminate at Watkins Yard on NS in Columbus.

KRR Now Operating in Ohio

August 23, 2016

The entire former West Virginia Secondary of Norfolk Southern is now back in operation.

Kanawha River RailroadThe Kanawha River Railroad is now operating loaded coal trains between West Virginia and Columbus, where they are handed off to Norfolk Southern for forwarding to Sandusky.

The first of those trains operated on Monday and was the first time that most of the West Virginia Secondary had seen a train since NS mothballed it last February.

Trains magazine reported that the first unit coal train had two NS locomotives and two SD60s leased by NS to the KRR, which is a property of Watco Companies.

KRR plans to restore shipping chemicals by rail within the next few weeks.

Watco Hits Snag in Reopening W.Va. Secondary

August 11, 2016

Resuming operations on the West Virginia Secondary in Ohio by the Kanawha River Railroad is being delayed as it awaits a ruling from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

The issue is the failure of the STB to publish a complete description of the authority of the KRR to operate over 9.2 miles of CSX-owned track.

WatcoThe CSX portion of the West Virginia Secondary extends from Hobson Yard in Langsville, Ohio, to Conco, which is located on the Ohio side of the Ohio River bridge.

An attorney representing Watco Companies, which owns the KRR, said the trackage rights on CSX were excluded from the copy of the filing submitted to the STB by Watco and Norfolk Southern, which owned the West Virginia Secondary, and published in the Federal Register.

The attorney said the trackage rights were implied in the filing and the STB has not explicitly ruled them out.

However, CSX won’t allow the KRR to exercise the trackage rights until the STB states that they are included in the transfer of operating authority from NS to Watco. The STB is expected to provide that clarification soon.

Watco took over most of the 298-mile West Virginia Secondary from NS and has been operating the route in West Virginia since July 31.

Until taking the line out of service earlier this year, NS had been providing local service on the route. The filing with the STB indicated that NS saw coal traffic on the West Virginia Secondary decline by 57 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Kanawha River Railroad Begins Operations

August 4, 2016

The Kanawha River Railroad is out and running.

The Watco Companies subsidiary began operating 308 miles, which includes the former West Virginia Secondary of Norfolk Southern, on July 31.

WatcoKRR plans to run trains over former NS track between Columbus and Mullens, West Virginia. Much of that traffic will be chemicals and coal.

Operations are based at Dickinson Yard near Charleston, West Virginia.

Trains magazine reported that on the first day of operation three crews reported to work at Dickinson, two of which worked in the yard while a third took a loaded coal train to Elmore Yard on the former Virginian mainline.

Light power moved north to Point Pleasant, Ohio, to pick up interchange cars from CSX and a local switched customers along the Kanawha River north of Charleston.

The magazine noted that traffic on the former NS territory was unusually busy for a Sunday and that might become a regular occurrence.

KRR officials have said their objective is to “bring life back to the railroad industry” in the West Virginia-Ohio region by building up freight business and increasing carloads.

The West Virginia Secondary within Ohio is expected to reopen in the coming weeks after NS idled it last Friday and shifted traffic to other routes.

For now, KRR will be operating six days a week with most trains originating and terminating in Dickinson Yard.

The last NS train from Dickinson Yard left on July 30. It had 50 cars and a caboose that had been used for work train service.

NS continues to run trains south and east of Elmore Yard and handles local mine runs on the Winding Gulf Branch near Mullens and all trains operating toward Gilbert Yard.

Watco has assigned to the KRR four and six-axle EMD GP and SD-type locomotives while leasing seven EMD SD60s from NS for coal train service.

Kanawha River RR Expects to Begin Operating West Virginia Secondary in Early August

July 22, 2016

The Kanawha River Railroad expects to being operating the West Virginia Secondary of Norfolk Southern in early August pending approval of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

WatcoIn the meantime, the subsidiary of Watco Companies, is being supported by various West Virginia public officials and business leaders.

Just Gaull, vice president of economic development at the Charleston Area Alliance, told Trains magazine that the the short line will help West Virginia economic development efforts by attracting new business to industrial sites and retaining existing industry.

About 100 miles of the West Virginia Secondary in Ohio has been idle since early this year.

Watco expects to hire 30 people to work on the Kanawha River Railroad, including filling 25 positions in train service, mechanical and track.

Watco Seeks STB OK to Lease NS Routes

July 8, 2016

Watco’s Kanawha River Railroad has submitted to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, a Notice of Exemption as part of its plans to lease Norfolk Southern’s West Virginia Secondary and a portion of its Princeton-Deepwater District.

WatcoWatco wants STB approval to lease and operate nearly 300 miles of NS trackage of which 100 miles has been dormant since early this year. Most of the West Virginia Secondary within Ohio is currently out of service.

The filing said NS sought bidders willing to lease the West Virginia Secondary because carloads on the line have dropped more than 50 percent since 2011.

The Kanawha River Railroad is currently seeking to hire for 29 positions, including 25 in train service, mechanical and track maintenance.

If approved by the STB, the Kanawha River said it would begin operations in late July.

The railroad is expected to operate six days a week using six EMD six-axle SD-type locomotives and three four-axle EMD GP-type locomotives.