Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Southern’

Some Wheeling & Lake Erie in Alliance

March 9, 2018

Alliance is a Norfolk Southern town. But on a Friday afternoon before an Akron Railroad Club meeting I found a bit of the Wheeling & Lake Erie there.

Shown is one of the many W&LE hopper cars on NS train 424, which is headed toward Bayard on the original Cleveland Line.

It would not go very far. The Cleveland Line dispatcher instructed the crew to pull into the Mahoning siding and wait for a westbound.

I never saw the westbound as I had left to go have dinner and then attend the ARRC meeting.

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Burns Harbor Port Had Banner Year

March 9, 2018

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor said this week that it posted an 8 percent increase in cargo shipments in 2017, making for the fourth highest four-year total in its history.

The Port said that represented a 27 percent increase over the previous four year period.

Among the commodities handled by the Port were limestone, steel-related products and heavy lift/project cargoes, such as refinery tanks, laboratory equipment and windmill components.

Port officials said the most valuable shipment handled was ICARUS, the world’s largest liquid argon particle hunter. It was unloaded from an ocean vessel last July.

In a news release, the Port described 2017 as a landmark year that also included doubling the size of its bulk terminal, attracting a nationally-known stevedore, and announcing a $20 million expansion.

Norfolk Southern and the Indiana Harbor Belt provide rail service to the port.

NS Revamps Shipper Access Portal

March 8, 2018

Norfolk Southern is using a new program to interact with shippers.

Known as AccessNS, the railroad says the e-commerce enables shippers to use a one-stop digital platform to track shipments using interactive maps; obtain real-time data on rail-car movements, including deliveries and pickups; and request pricing, place shipping orders and manage shipment exceptions.

In a news release, NS said the redesigned site features faster functionality and a modern, intuitive user interface that’s easier to navigate.

By selecting digital widgets, customers can create personalized dashboards to more quickly access information.

“We have redesigned AccessNS from the ground up, giving it a totally new look,” said Fred Ehlers, vice president information technology and chief information officer, in a statement. “We want to provide our customers with timely and reliable data they need to satisfy the demands of their customers and grow their business.”

Train That Crashed Was a CSX Train

March 7, 2018

Additional information shows that a train that struck a truck carrying hydrochloric acid belonged to CSX, although it was being operated by Norfolk Southern employees on the NS Mon Line.

The accident occurred on Tuesday at Route 88 and Maple Grove Road in Centerville, Pennsylvania, at 10:38 a.m.

Two crew members aboard the train were taken to a hospital for evaluation. The truck driver also was injured and flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

Authorities said an estimated 4,000 gallons of acid was spilled. The train was carrying empty coal hoppers.

Police said the accident occurred when the truck was making a left turn to go into a facility owned by Forum Energy Technologies. The truck was drug about 100 yards after it was struck by the train.

Fumes from the spilled acid prompted authorities to evacuate the residents of 15 nearby homes. Workers at the Forum Energy site were also evacuated.

An NS spokesperson said the train had three locomotives and 102 cars. It was traveling from Newell to a coal mine near Claysville, Pennsylvania.

2 NS Crew Members Hurt in Collision

March 6, 2018

A Norfolk Southern engineer and conductor were taken to a hospital for treatment on Tuesday morning after their train struck a truck in southwestern Pennsylvania that was carrying hydrochloric acid.

The accident occurred in Centerville in Washington County after the truck pulled into the path of the train at a grade crossing.

The train had three locomotives and 102 empty coal hoppers. No other injuries were reported and 15 nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. Hazmat teams were reported to be on the scene.

Double Shot of Western Motive Power

March 1, 2018

I was listening to my scanner in Bellevue last Sunday when I heard a train call a signal that indicated it was taking the connection from the Fostoria District to the Sandusky District to head toward Columbus.

At the time, I was sitting across from Wheeling Tower and couldn’t see it.

Curiosity got the better of me and I drove over to Slaughterhouse Road in time to see the last containers on the train coming around the connection.

It was Norfolk Southern intermodal train 218, which originates at Calumet Yard in Chicago and travels to Linwood, North Carolina.

I gave chase, catching up with it just north of Attica Junction. The lead unit was BNSF, making it the second train heading east on the Sandusky District I had seen that day with BNSF power on the point.

The 218 was slowing as it neared West Attica and I could see that it was passing a stopped eastbound intermodal train, the 234.

On the point of the 234, which originates in Chicago (Landers Yard) and travels to Atlanta, was a Union Pacific unit.

It would have been nice to have photographed the two units side by side waiting at West Attica, but the 234 was too far back to get a good shot, even with a telephoto lens.

Both trains were waiting for an eastbound CSX stack train to cross ahead of them at Attica Junction. I spotted the CSX stacker as I crossed over its tracks in Siam, but didn’t wait around for it.

I set up by the former Toledo & Ohio Central depot in Bucyrus for the NS intermodal trains. I did not have a long wait. First came the 218 followed several minutes later by the 234.

Way Too Early for Amtrak

February 28, 2018

It would be nice to be able to use the Amtrak station signs in Alliance to frame the Capitol Limited arriving into the station.

But No. 29 is scheduled in at 1:39 a.m. and No. 30 at 3:05 a.m. Given Amtrak’s habit of being tardy at intermediate stations, it probably doesn’t happen often that either train arrives at exactly those times.

I’ve yet to be in Alliance railfanning in the middle of the night and I’ve never had any luck getting Amtrak arriving in Alliance several hours late.

So framing a Norfolk Southern westbound stack train at the Amtrak station is the next best thing.

These images were made on the afternoon of the January Akron Railroad Club meeting.

There Will Be a Brief Delay

February 24, 2018

The new crew was on board and ready to head west out of the Berea siding in Olmsted Falls.

They called the Toledo West Dispatcher and got the OK to take ’em west.

There would, though, be a slight delay at CP 197. The dispatcher had given higher priority to a westbound stack train that is shown catching up to the rear of the departing manifest on the Berea siding.

The delay would be brief and the manifest would follow the stack train on Track No. 1.

The Wheels on the Car go Round and Round

February 16, 2018

Shown is a set of wheels on an empty well car in the consist of an eastbound Norfolk Southern stack train in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. The car and train are going through the tunnel that can be seen from the railfan park in town.

2 NS Crew Members Hurt in Derailment

February 16, 2018

Two Norfolk Southern crew members were injured Thursday afternoon after an eastbound auto rack train derailed in a remote location near Attica, New York, on the Southern Tier line.

The injured workers were the conductor and engineer, both of whom were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

The train had two locomotives and 43 loaded auto rack cars. Both locomotives derailed along with nine cars.

NS spokesman Jonathan Glass said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Online reports indicated that the train was symbol freight 28N and Glass said it was en route to Mechanicville, New York.

After the derailment, fire broke out on the lead locomotives and authorities decided to let the fire burn itself out, in part because the derailment site is difficult for fire fighters to reach.

However, several fire departments and hazmat units were at the scene.

The derailment was reported at 4:03 p.m. on a stretch of track with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The cause of the derailment has not yet been disclosed.

NS said that although the train was not carrying hazardous materials it was sending its environmental specialists to clean up spilled diesel fuel, a process expected to take several days.

Authorities said both locomotives and some rail cars of the train went over an embankment and landed in a ravine.

The track in that vicinity is about 50 to 75 feet above a nearby farm field.

NS is reportedly detouring trains that normally use the Southern Tier route west of Binghamton, New York, via Sunbury and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then westward.