Posts Tagged ‘NS derailment’

No Injuries in NS Dayton District Derailment

May 15, 2022

A Norfolk Southern train that derailed late Thursday afternoon near Springfield, Ohio, did not result in any injuries.

NS said 20 cars derailed in the incident southwest of Springfield on the Dayton District, which connects Cincinnati and Columbus and was once part of the New York Central.

Among the derailed cars were several auto racks. Some derailed cars landed in the Mad River.

The derailment was reported about 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Limited Detours via Bayard

February 24, 2022

A Norfolk Southern freight derailment early today sent Amtrak’s Capitol Limited detouring in both directions via Bayard between Alliance and Pittsburgh.

The derailment of Train 170 occurred in the Summit Cut, also know as Highland Cut, in Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh on the Fort Wayne Line.

Online reports indicated No. 30 picked up a pilot crew off of NS Train 54K but No. 29 had to wait for pilots to arrive. No. 30 reportedly picked up pilots at Elyria where the 54K tied its train down in a siding.

Amtrak’s website reported No. 30 left Cleveland 40 minutes late but was nearly three hour late into Pittsburgh.

No. 29 departed Pittsburgh 37 minutes late but arrived in Cleveland just over five hours behind scheduled. It was 5 hours, 18 minutes late at Alliance.

Some NS trains were reported to be detouring via the Youngstown Line because of the derailment.

Southern H Unit Damaged in Derailment

December 14, 2021

The Southern Railway heritage unit of Norfolk Southern sustained damage on Sunday after hitting a rock slide and derailing near Pittsburgh.

ES44AC No. 8099 and another unit were pulling a 100-car intermodal train bound for Chicago when it struck the rock slide and derailed about 4 a.m. in the borough of Baldwin.

No injuries to the crew were reported and no hazardous materials involved, The 8099 was leading the train. Both locomotives derailed along with five cars.

Officials said the derailment occurred along the Monongahela River in an area that had experienced high winds and up to a half-inch of rain.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the status of No. 8099 has yet to be determined.

To see photographs of the damaged heritage locomotive visit

NS Derails 33 Cars in Pennsylvania

June 30, 2021

No hazardous materials were involved in the derailment Monday afternoon of a Norfolk Southern train between Harrisburg and York, Pennsylvania. There were no injuries.

Officials said 33 cars derailed and plastic PVC pellets spilled from one car.

Because some cars displayed hazmat placards a hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene. But no hazardous materials were spilled.

Cleanup of the derailment site continued into Tuesday. An NS spokesman said the eastbound train had three locomotives and 130 cars, including 104 loaded cars.

NS Train Derails West of Altoona

June 8, 2021

No injuries were reported and no hazardous material was involved in the derailment on Monday afternoon of a westbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train near Horseshoe Curve.

Train 21G derailed at about 3:40 p.m. in an area known as Allegrippus Curve and blocking all three tracks.

Photographs published on the website of Trains magazine showed cars with empty FedEx trailers on spine cars lying on their sides.

An online report indicated that the derailment began six car lengths from the head end. The train was on Main 2 when the derailment, which remains under investigation, began.

The Logan Township Police Department said no emergency response was required and the area is under control of NS personnel.

NS Intermodal Train Derails in Pennsylvania

February 25, 2021

No injuries were reported after 15 cars of an eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train derailed on Monday night near Newport, Pennsylvania.

The derailment blocked both tracks and led to Amtrak cancelling its New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian in both directions on Tuesday.

News reports said the derailment occurred about 6:30 p.m. on the west side of the Juniata River near Old Ferry Road.

The train was reported in an online report to be the IOW, an extra section of train 20W. It was traveling from Chicago to Croxton, New Jersey.

NS officials said no hazardous materials were involved. The railroad also advised shippers that movements between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are subject to delays of 24 to 48 hours.

“The cause of the derailment is under investigation,” NS said in a statement that also noted that its workers as well as personnel employed by contractors were working to clear the derailed cars and repair track damage.

Road Still Blocked by Derailment Debris

December 30, 2020

Cleanup of a Norfolk Southern derailment in Gary, Indiana, is continuing and as a result a major road near the site remains closed.

The 20-car derailment, which occurred on Dec. 23, did not result in any injuries or the spillage of hazardous materials.

Although the rail line was reopened soon after the derailment, U.S. Route 12 is expected to remain closed for more than a week.

The highway is a primary artery in Gary. Officials said mechanical debris remains along the highway, which is near Indiana Dunes National Park.

The derailment involved a 123-car train headed from Chicago to Elkhart, Indiana.

NS spokesman Jeff DeGraff said Monday the cause of the derailment is still under investigation and workers are continuing to clear the site and make repairs to the track infrastructure.

Much of the wreckage involved overturned covered hopper cars.

NS Trail Derails in Gary, Indiana

December 26, 2020

No injuries were reported and no hazardous material was spilled in the derailment on Wednesday of Norfolk Southern train 12N in Gary, Indiana.

The derailment of 20 cars occurred at about 11:30 a.m. near milepost 490 and adjacent to the tracks of the South Shore commuter railroad.

The NS wreckage did not foul the South Shore tracks, but trains on that line were operating at reduced speed past the derailment site.

News reports indicated that some cars in the 132-car NS train had placards indicating they were carrying hazardous materials, but none of them spilled their contents.

The derailment occurred 84 cars deep into the consist. The train had originated in Chicago and was bound for Elkhart, Indiana.

The derailment blocked Amtrak service to Michigan with the westbound Wolverine Service train from Detroit (Pontiac) to Chicago being turned back at Michigan City.

Passengers on the affected trains were provided alternative transportation.

No Injuries in NS Derailment Near Cincinnati

November 25, 2020

A westbound manifest freight derailed early Tuesday on Norfolk Southern’s New Castle District in Butler County near Cincinnati, leading to blocked roads.

No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved.

Authorities said the derailment occurred at 4:15 a.m. on a single-track stretch. The line was expected to be reopened by late Tuesday afternoon.

The train had 40 cars of which 15 toward the middle of the consist derailed, leading to the closure of U.S. Route 127.

Railroad officials said the train was traveling at about 18 miles per hour at the time of the derailment.

School buses were rerouted around the area of the intersection of Hamilton-Eaton Road (Route 127) and Oxford Trenton Road.

The train was reported to be carrying auto parts and empty grain cars.

NS to Pay $2.5M to Pittsburgh Light Rail Operator

November 16, 2019

Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay the Port Authority of Allegheny County more than $2.5 million to reimburse it for damage to a light rail line that occurred due to an NS derailment in August 2018.

The sum is a settlement of the Port Authority’s $3 million claim that had been submitted to NS last February.

During the derailment on the NS Mon Line, intermodal cars and containers slid down an embankment onto the Port Authority’s Station Square station.

The tumbling rail cars also damaged track and overhead wires of that section of the light rail line, which was out of service for three weeks for repairs.

The settlement must still be approved by the full governing board of the Port Authority next week.

Port Authority Chief legal officer Mike Cetra told the board’s performance oversight committee recommended that discussions with NS over the settlement were grueling at times and some claims had to be submitted to the railroad twice.