Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Southern’

PUCO Approves 2 Grade Crossing Projects

October 16, 2018

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for upgrading railroad grade crossings in Columbiana and Tuscarawas counties.

Norfolk Southern will install lights and gates at the Bayard Road and the Essick Road/Township Road 704 crossings in West Township, Columbiana County.

PUCO said the work must be completed by Oct. 10, 2019.

Ohio Central will improve the circuitry at existing crossing signals at the Dover Road/State Route 39 crossing so that they interconnect with nearby traffic signals. That work is to be completed by July 10, 2019.

Federal funding is helping underwrite both projects.


Old Painesville Trestle Coming Down

October 11, 2018

The rails have been removed and a crane is removing the deck of the old trestle over the Grand River in Painesville. The view is looking westward from Riverside Drive.

Norfolk Southern is wasting no time in removing the 1905 trestle over the Grand River in Painesville following the opening on Sept. 30 of a new bridge.

Work on the new bridge began in March 2017 and the first train to use the structure was eastbound intermodal train 206.

The bridge is part of the NS mainline between Cleveland and Buffalo, New York.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The old and the new as seen from river level.

A view looking eastward toward both bridges from Bank Street.

Looking west from Bank Street on the west side of the new and old bridges. The old alignment is on the right.

This view looking southward shows a portion of the deck of the old bridge has been removed.

Ahead of the Storm

October 5, 2018

An eastbound Norfolk Southern manifest freight train races through Berea in early June ahead of a thunderstorm.

The storm produced torrential rain for a short time, but then moved on and it remained dry, although cloudy, for the remainder of the day.

PUCO Approves Grade Crossing Projects

October 5, 2018

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved grade crossing projects to be undertaken by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Indiana & Ohio.

In Montgomery County, CSX will install lights and gates at the Old Webster Road crossing in Vandalia.

The I&O will install the same equipment at the South Elm Street crossing in Washington Court House in Fayette County.

NS will upgrade circuitry and add advanced traffic preemption to the active warning devices at Lockbourne Road and Fairwood Avenue in Columbus. It also will install active warning devices at crossings in Putnam and Wayne counties.

All projects must be completed by Sept. 26, 2019, and will be funded by federal dollars from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund.

NS HQ Decision Expected Soon

October 4, 2018

Norfolk Southern expects to make a decision soon on moving its corporate headquarters to Atlanta from Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said his understanding is that “a deal has already been struck.”

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk cited “unnamed sources close to Norfolk Southern” as saying that moving the headquarters to Atlanta is only a matter of time.

However, if NS plans to move to Atlanta it faces potential obstacles over a controversial real estate deal that must be approved by the Atlanta City Council.

NS owns property in the Gulch neighborhood of downtown Atlanta and stands to benefit from a proposed $1,75 billion in public financing toward an estimated $5 billion development plan.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said NS will only move its headquarters to Atlanta if it sells the property in question.

In the meantime, the railroad has been reported to be looking in Atlanta for a suitable building to house its corporate headquarters that it would pay from the proceeds of the Gulch neighborhood property.

News reports indicated that NS had told Atlanta officials that it wanted to see the Gulch property before releasing its third-quarter earnings report.

NS has said little about the situation other than releasing a statement that it is in the process of developing its next long-range plan and considering many courses of action, including the possibility of consolidating headquarters into a single location.

Norfolk has offered NS city-owned property for a new headquarters site that is close to the railroad’s current headquarters building.

Virginia officials have raised the prospect of millions in state dollars for new job incentives.

NS CEO James Squires met earlier this week with Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade and head of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

In Atlanta, the development of the NS property in the Gulch neighborhood is strongly opposed by community advocates, who have called it a giveaway of tax revenue needed for education and other public services.

NS has 2,800 employees in the Norfolk region and more than 4,700 in Georgia.

NS operating headquarters are in Atlanta and the carrier is in the process of moving all of its dispatcher there by the end of the year. NS is also consolidating its operating divisions.


First Train on the New NS Painesville Bridge

October 2, 2018

Ursula and I were coming home from our day in the Cuyahoga Valley chasing Nickel Plagte Road No. 765. I decided to cross the tracks at Ohio 84) since it just reopened on Friday because it was the last crossing rebuilt with the new alignment.

When we crossed I looked west  at the curve and saw the original NKP main had been cut and connected to the new alignment.

When we got to Riverside Drive I saw the railfan crowd and knew what was happening. I was told that all rail traffic was held about 12 hours while the new alignment was connected.

The first train to cross the bride was the 206 shortly before sunset at 10 mph with railroad personnel at the end of bridge watching to make sure all was OK.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

NS Opens New Painesville Bridge

October 1, 2018

Norfolk Southern opened the new bridge in Painesville over the Grand River on Sunday evening.

Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman reported that the first train over the new structure was intermodal train 206, which started across at 6:58 p.m. The train had two locomotives and 45 cars.

Development of the new bridge began in March 2017. The 1,318-foot structure is supported by seven concrete pillars.

It replaces a steel trestle built in 1905 by the Nickel Plate Road that has 14 support structures and is located just north of the new bridge.

The Painesville bridge is part of the NS Lake Erie District that links Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. The line sees 10 to 15 trains per day.

Pleasant Surprise Pushing on the Rear

September 27, 2018

Norfolk Southern train 14K is known for having helper locomotives. You might find one in the middle of the consist or on the rear.

I was talking with fellow railfan Sheldon Lustig in Berea a while back when the 14K lumbered through.

Fortunately, I had my camera with me because on the rear was a pleasant surprise, the Central of New Jersey heritage unit.

It is at least the third time I’ve been trackside when a train showed up with a heritage unit that I did not know was coming.

I’ve also caught the Penn Central and Interstate H units that way.

Miss Liberty may not have been leading the 14K, but she wasn’t trailing either.

Indiana High Court Favors NS in Grade Crossing Case

September 26, 2018

An Indiana court has ruled in favor of Norfolk Southern and against a county that sought to fine the railroad for blocking grade crossings of public streets.

The Indiana Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling  invalidated efforts under a state law to fine railroads that block crossings of public streets for more than 10 minutes.

In its ruling, the court said the state law, which had been adopted in 1972, was a direct regulation of railroads that is preempted by the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act.

NS was cited by Allen County officials 23 times between December 2014 and December 2015.

Although judges in county courts had ruled in favor of the railroad in those cases, the state appealed to the Indiana high court.

The court said the state might be able to obtain recourse for blocked crossings through the Surface Transportation Board’s Rail Customer and Public Assistance Program.

PennDOT to Study Pittsburgh-Altoona Train

September 25, 2018

A feasibility study will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a Pittsburgh-Altoona passenger train.

PennDOT will review several studies on the Keystone West Corridor and gather information about the existing right of way, and current and projected freight-rail activity on the line.

The study will also develop cost estimates of the proposed service as well as three potential service plans, a travel-demand marketing assessment and ridership estimates.

The service would supplement the existing Amtrak Pennsylvanian, which operates between Pittsburgh and New York and is funded by PennDOT.

The route between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg is owned by Norfolk Southern.

Pennsylvania has commissioned previous studies of additional Amtrak service between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh but thus far nothing has materialized.