Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Southern’

Squires Will Replace Moorman as NS CEO

March 3, 2015

Norfolk Southern has put into place a succession plan whereby President James A. Squires will replace Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as company’s CEO. The planned succession process will kick in on June 1.

Squires, 53, who joined NS in 2009, will continue to serve as president and all major divisions will continue to report to him. Moorman will continue as executive chairman of the board of directors.

In a news release, NS said that Moorman and Squires will work together to ensure a seamless transition of leadership responsibilities.

“Jim has the right experience and vision to advance Norfolk Southern’s traditions of safety and service,” board member Steven F. Leer said in a statement. “NS is well-positioned to continue leading and innovating, and the board of directors is confident in the ability of the entire Thoroughbred team to deliver for our customers, shareholders, and communities.”

Squires served in several law positions at NS before being named vice president of law in 2003, senior vice president of law in 2004, senior vice president of financial planning in 2006, executive vice president of finance in 2007, executive vice president of administration in 2012, and president in 2013.

A native of Hollis, N.H., he is a graduate of Amherst College, where he received a bachelor of arts in Ancient Greek in 1983.

After graduation, he spent a year as Amherst-Doshisha Fellow at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1989.

In 1992, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he has served as a member of the Visiting Committee.

“Leading NS is an incredible honor,” Squires says. “I join our 30,000 employees in pledging that we will do everything possible to exceed the expectations of our shareholders and the people and businesses who depend on us. We welcome that opportunity, and we will meet that challenge.”

Veteran Tribute Locomotive in Vermilion

March 1, 2015

Vet in Vermilion

Norfolk Southern’s locomotive paying tribute to America’s veterans made a pass through Northeast Ohio on Saturday morning. It was on the lead of train 11V.

My friend Adam and I were headed for Vermilion to get some images of the bridge carrying the NS Chicago Line over the Vermilion River by the boat launch.

As we cruised westward on I-480, we saw NS 6920 on a train at CP Max.

The river was frozen enough to walk out on, but to photograph the 11V, we stood on one of the concrete piers at the boat launch.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Looking Good in the Snow Despite February blues

February 27, 2015
CSX train Q010 plows through a snow squall at Berea.

CSX train Q010 plows through a snow squall at Berea.

Yeah, I know many of you are sick of winter, particularly the cold. I could do without the latter. But it doesn’t look like it is going away just yet.

Last Saturday I was able to get out for a while in the afternoon before going to a railroad club banquet that night.

The outing began with a chase of a Norfolk Southern heritage locomotive leading a crude oil train. I posted earlier this week my images of the Central of New Jersey leading that train through Vermilion.

After that, we drove back to Berea. Here is a selection of some of the images that illustrate trains and railroad operations in winter.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The Q008 was not far behind the Q010.

The Q008 was not far behind the Q010.

What's a little snow storm? Norfolk Southern eastbound intermodal train 20E pushes through the snowfall in Berea.

What’s a little snow storm? Norfolk Southern eastbound intermodal train 20E pushes through the snowfall in Berea.

The NS 14N has eight locomotives up front.

The NS 14N has eight locomotives up front.

A man and his young son wave at the L091 as it rumbles past with an approach signal at the west end of the interlocking. The L091 would meet an eastbound crude oil train at CP 13.

A man and his young son wave at the L091 as it rumbles past with an approach signal at the west end of the interlocking. The L091 would meet an eastbound crude oil train at CP 13.

The headlights of the lead BNSF locomotive illuminate the rails ahead as an eastbound crude oil train approaches.

The headlights of the lead BNSF locomotive illuminate the rails ahead as an eastbound crude oil train approaches.

Standing on a pile of snow provided a slightly different perspective than you usually get in Berea.

Standing on a pile of snow provided a slightly different perspective than you usually get in Berea.

NS Cites Improvement in Performance Metrics

February 25, 2015

Norfolk Southern reported this week that several metrics indicate that its service has been steadily improving since late November.

NS said it has hired 320 train and engine employees since last summer and plans to hire 900 more throughout 2015. Two-thirds of the new workers will be hired in the first half of the year.

An additional 66 locomotives will be added to the fleet by the end of July.

The railroad cited the $160 million Bellevue yard expansion as one of the reasons for its growing volumes.

The service update also highlighted NS’s $2.4 billion capital improvement program in 2015 that will allocate $640 million on freight cars and locomotives.

NS has budgeted nearly $1.3 billion for rail, tie, ballast and bridge renewal work, and facility and infrastructure improvements.

NS, CSX on Fortune Most Admired List

February 22, 2015

Norfolk Southern and CSX were among three Class I railroads that made Fortune Magazine’s annual “Most Admired” companies list.

Union Pacific was selected the most admired company in the Trucking, Transportation and Logistics category for the fifth year in a row. CSX was second and Norfolk Southern was fourth.

The magazine made the rankings in conjunction with the Hay Group, which surveyed executives, directors and analysts across hundreds of companies in the U.S. and internationally.

Catching the NS Local in Orrville

February 16, 2015
NS C27 local waits on the connection to the Fort Wayne line as a MoW crewman leaves.

NS C27 local waits on the connection to the Fort Wayne line as a MoW crewman leaves.

On Friday the 13th, I was in Orrville in late afternoon, arriving just before 4:30.

I usually check the Norfolk Southern Orrville yard for any activity. Driving onto the access road from McGill Street, I found the C27 local idling at the yard’s east end, near the NS MoW facility. It was powered by two GP-38s, as is typical.

I drove on, into the MoW facility parking lot to hopefully photograph some trains on the Fort Wayne line. There was no sign of any westbound trains into the bright sunshine or any crew on the local. I turned on my scanner and waited.

Soon the local’s crew of four walked past the Orrville depot of the ORHS toward the train. They were probably returning from supper nearby.

After climbing aboard, they contacted the Pittsburgh West dispatcher for clearance to move onto the Orrville secondary, the former Cleveland, Akron & Columbus line to Akron and Hudson.

They switch the Smucker plant Monday through Friday and, sometimes, the Purina elevator, on the secondary.

The C27 local originates in the NS Mansfield Oak Street yard. It works Tyler’s grain facility south of Smithville on the way back to Mansfield. Wooster industries are switched by a separate local from Mansfield.

At 5:30, a westbound freight appeared on the Fort Wayne line, which I photographed passing the Orrville depot.

After it passed, I heard the scanner say “NS 5824 requesting clearance for Southside to Northside.”

The access from the Orrville yard to the former CA&C secondary involves a switching and backup move.

The train pulled onto the Fort Wayne line eastbound past the home signal at Walnut Street and stopped.

Once it cleared the CP-ORR interlocking, it then received the signal for its westbound backup move.

This requires a crewman or two riding the last car to assure street crossing clearance. They used to ride the caboose platform for that move but cabooses were discontinued some time ago.

After clearing the home signal west of the yard, the dispatcher then aligned the switch for entrance to the secondary.

The local then proceeded through town power first toward the siding tracks at Smucker’s. This involves crossing five Orrville streets, including Ohio Route 57.

I can only imagine the route through town when the CA&C was an active mainline in the Pennsylvania Railroad days.

I chased the move out of the yard, getting several photos along the way. Unfortunately, the move did not start until 5:30 so the setting sun made for some high contrast lighting.

It was just before 6 o’clock when the train swung onto the NS secondary past the Orrville depot.

I stopped the chase at that point. I had shopping to do and supper ahead. Four months from now, the light will be better, and the weather warmer.

Article and Photographs by Richard Jacobs

NS westbound freight passes the Orrville depot.

NS westbound freight passes the Orrville depot.

The crew rides the last car during the backup move through CP-ORR interlocking.

The crew rides the last car during the backup move through CP-ORR interlocking.

NS C27 local is backing west through CP-ORR past the preserved signal tower into the setting sun.

NS C27 local is backing west through CP-ORR past the preserved signal tower into the setting sun.

NS C27 local swings onto the Orrville secondary, former CA&C line, past the Orrville depot, home of the ORHS.

NS C27 local swings onto the Orrville secondary, former CA&C line, past the Orrville depot, home of the ORHS.

 

NS PRR Heritage Unit Does the ex-Pennsy

February 14, 2015
NS PRR Herritage locomotive 8102 leads an eastbound freight through CP ORR interlocking in Orrville.

NS PRR Herritage locomotive 8102 leads an eastbound freight through CP ORR interlocking in Orrville.

On Saturday Feb. 7, I was attending a planning meeting at the Orrville Union Depot, home of the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

After the meeting, I went trackside to the parking lot of the Norfolk Southern MoW facility. I do that often to drink a cup of coffee, read and grab a NS train photo on the Fort Wayne line.

The afternoon was bright and sunny with a nice snow covering. A westbound train passing the depot would have been a great photo.

I heard a distant horn just before 2 p.m. As the train sounds got closer, I realized it was an eastbound train. Oh well, I’ll set up for that.

NS freight 162 passed the MoW facility at CP-Orr with BNSF 9931 leading a second BNSF unit and three NS units on a very long freight.

I grabbed the shot, but missed the going away shot because my SD card was full.

I changed to a new card and took a few photos of the ORHS cluster of depot, ORR tower, Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car and several track signals.

The MoW facility was built during the summer of 2013 to serve as a home base for track maintenance equipment and crews.

I was about to leave at 3 p.m. when I heard horn sounds to the west again. Soon the NS Pennsylvania Railroad heritage locomotive No. 8102 led another eastbound freight.

This time, I did get the going away photo. Memories of when the NS Fort Wayne line was the mainline of the mighty Pennsy flashed into my mind.

The NS Fort Wayne line was the westward mainline of the PRR and its predecessors from 1852 until 1968 when the Penn Central merger was consummated.

The PC still used the line, but since they had a more direct route from Cleveland on the New York Central, traffic on the Fort Wayne Line waned.

The Fort Wayne Line was revitalized under Conrail, used for traffic to/from Indianapolis and St. Louis via the Big Four connection at Crestline.

The Conrail split up changed everything. The line from Pittsburgh through Orrville via Alliance is now operated by Norfolk Southern.

Several daily trains use this route, primarily for traffic to and from Bellevue and Columbus via Bucyrus.

One local freight from Mansfield serves Orrville industry Monday through Friday each week.

A weekly RJ Corman local from the Mace interlocking in Massillon to Wooster runs by Orrville on the NS Fort Wayne line, often on Tuesday.

All trains pass by the Orrville Union Depot, built in 1868 by the PRR. It has been the home of the ORHS since it was purchased from Conrail in 1982.

Article and Photographs by Richard Jacobs

NS PRR Herritage locomotive 8102 leads an eastbound freight through  Orrville.

NS PRR Herritage locomotive 8102 leads an eastbound freight through Orrville.

BNSF 9931 leads a five engine lash up on eastbound NS freight 162 at Orrville.

BNSF 9931 leads a five engine lash up on eastbound NS freight 162 at Orrville.

CP-ORR on the NS Fort Wayne line showing the former CA&C wye connection at left and the former PRR Union Depot now home to the ORHS. Note the PRR position light signal still in use.

CP-ORR on the NS Fort Wayne line showing the former CA&C wye connection at left and the former PRR Union Depot now home to the ORHS. Note the PRR position light signal still in use.

The Orrville Union Depot Museum and its heritage cluster is trackside of the NS Fort Wayne Line.

The Orrville Union Depot Museum and its heritage cluster is trackside of the NS Fort Wayne Line.

PUCO Approves 2 Grade Crossing Upgrades

February 14, 2015

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved funding authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for the installation of mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at two crossings.

Norfolk Southern will install the devices at the Wildacre Road/County Road 72 crossing near Curtice and the Wheeling and Lake Erie will perform the work at the Crossroads Road/County Road 108 crossing near Sandyville.

Both projects must be completed by Nov. 3.

Pennsylvania Seeking To Boost Port Traffic

February 12, 2015

Pennsylvania has committed up to $1 million annually for five years to improve traffic volume at the Port of Philadelphia.

The state said can begin applying for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s new Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program.

The program, which is funded by the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, will provide ocean carriers $25 per container lift above their previously reported lift totals.

Carriers that launch containerized cargo shipping services at the port will qualify for the program.

A carrier that discharges or loads containerized cargo at any port terminal would be eligible for the incentive if it increases its volume from one six-month period to another.

The transportation fund includes dedicated budget categories for freight-rail, port, aviation and bicycle-pedestrian projects. PennDOT expects to award the first grants under the program during the state’s 2015-16 fiscal year, with awards anticipated twice each fiscal year.

Interested companies must apply by June 30. If approved, a carrier’s incentive will be based on its reported cargo activity from July 2014 through December 2014.

By encouraging ocean carriers to bring more cargo to the Philadelphia port — which is served by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway — the program will attract about 200,000 new container moves annually over the five-year period, PennDOT officials said.

BLET Members OK New Contract with NS

February 3, 2015

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified a new five-year contract with Norfolk Southern that will set pay and work rules for about 4,600 locomotive engineers.

Health and welfare benefits for the engineers will be bargained nationally later this year.

The pact provides engineers with an annual bonus opportunity based on corporate performance through 2019 and, for the first time, includes individual incentive opportunities based on personal performance

NS officials said in a news release that the contract includes changes to improve engineer work scheduling, which will help ensure the Class I has a more stable and available workforce while providing employees with more predictable schedules, they said.

“The new agreement builds on our long history of collaborative problem-solving with the BLET, and it will have a positive impact on employees, our customers and the long-term success of the company,” said NS Labor Relations Vice President Scott Weaver.


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