Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Southern’

NS Issues Service Advisory for Nate

October 7, 2017

With Tropical Storm Nate threatening to become a hurricane, Norfolk Southern has issued a service advisory for the Gulf Coast. In the advisory, NS said:

“Tropical Storm Nate continues to develop and is forecasted to make landfall on the Gulf Coast early Sunday morning (Oct. 8) with hurricane strength. Based on the storm’s current projected path, Norfolk Southern is currently preparing by repositioning rail equipment away from the low lying areas in and around New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. Traffic en route to these areas is being held at various yards throughout the Norfolk Southern system in an effort to alleviate congestion.

“Additionally, NS has issued embargoes for traffic destined to New Orleans and Mobile locations. Norfolk Southern continues to monitor the storm closely and is taking precautions to protect employees, track, and shipments.

“Norfolk Southern is working with customers to identify switching needs and service curtailment. Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support, Unit Train, Automotive, or Intermodal representative.

“Ongoing updates will be provided as this storm system progresses. The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS.”

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There is a Lake Out There

October 5, 2017

Norfolk Southern train 375 had a stop signal at CP Drawbridge on the Chicago Line. It would wait for the 20E to go around it and then a light power move of the locomotives that earlier that day had powered the BF10 from Motor Yard to Rockport.

Then the empty coal train would continue eastward, crossing from Track 1 to 2 at Drawbridge before entering the Cleveland Line on the other side where the track numbering scheme reverses from New York Central practice to Pennsylvania Railroad practice.

In the top photograph, Lake Erie is visible on the other side of the couplers and air hoses of two cars.

The bottom photo was made after the train stopped. The sailboats are off the shore of Cleveland’s Edgewater Park.

Both images were made in the Battery Park neighborhood.

NS Names Ehlers Chief Information Officer

October 5, 2017

Fredric M. Ehlers has been named chief information officer at Norfolk Southern.

A 32-year railroad industry veteran, Ehlers will be based in Atlanta and continue as vice president information technology, a position he has held since 2013.

He will report to Cynthia C. Earhart, executive vice president finance and chief financial officer, who previously served as NS CIO.

“Fred has a strong track record of leadership, performance, and strategic thinking,” said Earhart in a statement. “He has been at the forefront of ongoing efforts to expand and enhance the company’s technology and digital capabilities, ranging from computer-based systems that optimize train operations to e-commerce tools that streamline customer interactions. Fred’s background and experience will be invaluable in his role as CIO as we continue to advance our use of technology to boost operating efficiencies, lower costs, and improve corporate performance.”

Ehlers joined NS in 1985 as a management trainee and served in a number of transportation positions before being named assistant vice president in the executive office of the chairman in 2004.

Since then, he has moved into positions of increasing responsibility, serving as vice president customer service and vice president network and service management before being named vice president information technology.

Ehlers earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

What We Don’t Want to Hear

September 28, 2017

Depending on what they are carrying, if these tank cars derail, they might make a sound that mirrors the name of the boat waiting for them to clear the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland.

The tankers were part of the consist of BF10, which makes a daily trip from Motor Yard in Macedonia to Rockport Yard on  Cleveland’s southwest side.

The boater, though, still had a long wait after the BF10 cleared. Trains 24M, 17N and 18N all had to clear before the bridge tender raised the bridge to allow the armada of waiting boats to head for Lake Erie or up the Cuyahoga.

R&N Will Chop Down 3 Used GP38-2s

September 28, 2017

Three high-hood GP38-2s recently acquired by the Pennsylvania-based Reading & Northern are slated to eventually be transformed into low short hood units.

The locomotives were acquired from Norfolk Southern and were built for the Southern Railway.

Carrying NS roster numbers 5139, 5184, and 5256, they will become RBMN Nos. 2010, 2011, and 2012.
R&N CEO and owner Andrew M. Muller Jr. said the diesels will not receive the railroad’s green and yellow colors until they are given chopped noses and reconfigured for short hood-forward operation.

Until that occurs, the locomotives will continue to wear black paint with the NS markings painted over.

Muller said it is customary on the R&N to have low-nose locomotives lead mainline freights. The GP38-2s will be assigned to yard and branchline duties until they are rebuilt.

The units will join four other ex-NS units on the R&N roster. Last year the R&N acquired four ex-Southern EMD MP15 locomotives.

The R&N motive power roster includes six GP30s of Santa Fe heritage that R&N classifies as GP39RN units. The active locomotive roster also includes 38 diesels, one 4-6-2 steam locomotive, and three Budd Rail Diesel Cars. The all-EMD diesel fleet ranges from 800 hp SW8 switchers to 3,500 hp SD50 freight units.

NS Appoints 2 to Senior Positions

September 28, 2017

Norfolk Southern has appointed two managers to vice president positions.

William Galanko has been named executive vice president law and administration while John Scheib has been promoted to the post of senior vice president law and corporate relations.

In a news release, NS said that Scheib will oversee law, government relations and corporate communications, and report to Galanko. Galanko will have responsibility for human resources and labor relations, in addition to the areas reporting to Scheib.

Galanko joined NS in 1990 as a tax attorney and was appointed vice president taxation in 1999, vice president financial planning in 2005, vice president law in 2006, and senior vice president law and corporate communications in 2016.

Scheib joined NS in 2005 as general attorney and has held various positions in the NS law department before being named vice president law in 2016. Prior to joining NS, Scheib served as chief of staff and counsel to the chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and as counsel to the railroad subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In an unrelated development, the NS board this week authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 50 million shares of common stock through Dec. 31, 2022.

In combination with previous share repurchase authorizations since the inception of the program in 2006, the total number of shares that may be repurchased has increased from 175 million to 225 million.

On its Way Back Home to Indiana

September 27, 2017

Here are four images of Nickel Plate Road No. 765’s westward ferry movement through the Bellevue area on Tuesday.

The top image is east of Bellevue at a place referred to as Kimball.

The remaining images were taken in Bellevue as the 765 headed west on the wye to the Fostoria District of Norfolk Southern.

A big thank you goes out to the crew of NKP 765 and all who brought the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s  2017 “Steam in the Valley” together. With the sweltering heat of the last couple weeks it must have been brutal!

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ed’s Trip to Pennsylvania (Part 3)

September 23, 2017

Sunday morning found us back in downtown Altoona, Pennsylvania, to get a few more images of Norfolk Southern and Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian as they passed Alto Tower.

We ate breakfast and attended church that morning and also made a visit to the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum.

At the museum we saw the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 and the Pennsy K4 1361 before heading home to Ohio.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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.

Ed’s Trip to Pennsylvania (Part 1)

September 21, 2017

Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian arrives in downtown Altoona.

I didn’t do any chasing of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 this past weekend since I already had planned a trip to Altoona, Pennsylvania, with my friend Larry Luther.

On Friday, we did Horseshoe Curve and on Saturday we were in downtown Altoona for some Norfolk Southern and Amtrak action.

Later that day we rode the Everett Railroad to Brooke Mills then did a chase of its long excursion of the year to Martinsburg with the locomotive facing forward in both directions. I’ll be posting my images from that outing in multiple segments. Today will focus on the curve and Altoona.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Here comes the Virginian heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern leading train 20Q around Horseshoe Curve just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Getting up close and personal with NS 1069.

Cameras are out as the Virginian H unit rounds the curve.

On the other leg of the horseshoe as seen from the park.

Some Norfolk Southern action in Altoona.

Amtrak arrives into the Altoona station.