Posts Tagged ‘New York Susquehanna & Western’

BLET Workers OK Contract With Susie Q

December 4, 2020

Union workers at the New York, Susqhehanna & Western have ratified a new five-year contract.

The pact governs wages, benefits and work rules for 45 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

It also includes retroactive pay and general wage increases each year through Jan. 1, 2024, BLET said in a news release.

The contract provides for increased certification pay for locomotive engineers and additional paid time off for all members.

BLET members who have been employed for 25 years or more will receive a sixth week of vacation.

Based in Cooperstown, New York, the NYS&W operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

CN, CSX Still Unable to Finish Line Sale

December 2, 2020

The acquisition by Canadian National of a CSX secondary line between Syracuse, New York, and Montreal continues to lag.

The two railroads this week said they could not meet a Nov. 30 deadline to finish the deal and asked for a deadline extension to Feb. 28, 2021. Either party could back out of the deal before that date.

The line in question is known as the Massena Line and the STB had last April approved CN’s acquisition of it through its Bessemer & Lake Erie subsidiary.

However, a sticking point in completing the deal has been an STB directive that CSX and CN remove a sale provision that prohibits CN from ever negotiating direct interchange with the Finger Lakes Railway and the New York, Susquehanna & Western in the Syracuse area.

In their latest filing with the STB, CN and CSX said they remain unable to come to revised terms of the sale and have asked the Board to reconsider its directive.

The STB has twice extended the deadline for CN and CSX to submit a revised purchase and sale agreement.

In the filing this week the two railroads asked the STB to expedite its response to their request.

The sale involves  278.1 miles between Beauharnois, Quebec, and Woodard, New York,

including 41.8 miles of trackage in Quebec and branch lines and spurs on both sides of the border.

Chasing Train 291 on NS in July 1997

November 4, 2020

In July 1997 Marty Surdyk, his brother Robert, and Ed Ribinskas chased train 291 on Norfolk Southern’s ex-Nickel Plate Road mainline.

This train was known for its New York, Susquehanna & Western motive power on most days.

The chase began in North East, Pennsylvania, and ended in Vermilion

Here is a sampling of images from that chase that included stops in North East, Swanville (Pennsylvania), Cleveland the Vermilion.

At Swanville, the tracks cross Walnut Creek, in Cleveland they cross the Cuyahoga River and in Vermilion they span the Vermilion River.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Out on the Southern Tier in 1993

September 20, 2020

During late June and early July of 1993 Marty Surdyk and I had a wide variety of railroad highlights planned for our vacation. Those included catching Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 587 on a Detroit-Bellevue roundtrip, and railfanning the former Erie Railroad’s Southern Tier line.

We also had stops planned along the Hudson River; a visit to Cooperstown, New York; catching the action at tourist railroads in eastern Pennsylvania and in New Jersey; and then finishing with a stopover in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on the way home.

This post includes highlights in the Canisteo Valley on the Southern Tier in New York on June 27, 1993, when it was Conrail territory.

In the top image, intetermodal train 290 is shown east of Hornell, New York. This train had Susquehanna motive power and ran on Norfolk Southern west of Buffalo, New York.

No. 290 is also shown in the next photo at Canisteo, New York.

Photographs three and four were made at Cameron, New York, while the bottom image features classic semaphores at Canisteo.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

CSX Branch Line Sale May Fall Through

May 30, 2020

The sale of a CSX branch line in Upstate New York is in danger of falling through.

Canadian National wants to acquire 278 miles of the Massena Line in New York and Quebec.

Its Bessemer & Lake Erie subsidiary would operate the U.S. portions of the line.

The sale has received U.S. Surface Transportation Board approval but twice the parties involved have failed to meet a deadline to complete the deal.

The sticking point is an STB mandate that CN and CSX remove from the sale agreement a clause that prohibits CN from even negotiating with the Finger Lake Railway and the New York, Susquehanna for a direct interchange in Syracuse agreement.

“Under present circumstances, it regrettably appears that the parties will be unable to proceed with the transaction” unless the board reconsiders the interchange provision, CN and CSX wrote in a joint letter to the STB.

The letter said the carriers will ask the STB to reconsider it order to remove the no direct interchange negotiation clause.

The STB in April had rejected a request by Finger Lakes that it be allowed to interchange cars with CN in Syracuse.

Historic Susie Q Tunnel Motor Makes Apperance

June 12, 2018

The New York, Susquehanna & Western was operating one of their two ex-Southern Pacific (No. 8321) tunnel motors this past Sunday. It is great to see one of these rare locomotives operate. I photographed it Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.

Photographs by Jack Norris

Toys for Tots Train in NJ, NY Brings Together Several Railroad Heritages for a Good Cause

December 7, 2016


The annual Toys For Tots Train, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, travels through northern New Jersey and lower New York State on various short lines, making stops to pick up toys.

This year’s train featured a Conrail caboose, a U.S. Marines boxcar, a restored Pennsylvania Railroad express-baggage car, restored New York Central lounge car No. 43, and former 20th Century Limited tail car Hickory Creek.

The host short line provided the motive power. Shown is the train operating on the New York, Susquehanna & Western with SD33ECO No. 3012.

It was a cold, but beautiful day for a chase. I chased the train for about 20 miles and I caught it in several spots along the Susquehanna, including the train leaving the yard at Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and passing the Marcal Paper Plant in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

I waited for the train at its scheduled stop in Wortendyke, New Jersey, and visited with Santa and the crew, many of whom I have known for years from my 30 years of volunteering.

A car from one of the world’s greatest trains carrying Santa Claus on a short line that has outlived the mighty New York Central might seem like an unlikely, but unforgettable, combination on a beautiful fall day.

Article and Photographs by Jack Norris






Norfolk Southern Buys 3 Susie Q SD70Ms

July 18, 2014

The latest used locomotives to join the Norfolk Southern motive power fleet are three former New York, Susquehanna & Western SD70Ms.

Built in 1995, the locomotives wear the Susie Q’s yellow-and-black paint livery. The locomotives also have seen service as lease units to CSX and on short line Indiana & Ohio.

Road numbers for the SD70Ms on NS will be 2797-2799, right below the recently acquired SD75Ms.

NS will perform renumbering and minor repairs to the SD70s at its shops in Altoona, Pa. NS does not expect to repaint the three units before placing them in service.