Posts Tagged ‘NS intermodal terminals’

Storm Disrupts Some NS Service

September 3, 2021

Norfolk Southern said this week that some freight service has been disrupted by the effects of Hurricane Ida.

It issued a service advisory saying several of its facilities are inaccessible due to flooding.

Intermodal terminals in Croxton, New Jersey; Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Morrisville, Pennsylvania, are closed to incoming traffic.

Although some traffic continues to leave those facilities, NS said traffic may experience areas of standing water.

In the meantime, NS has resumed interchanging traffic in New Orleans as well as local service in Mobile, Alabama. However, the NS New Orleans Intermodal Terminal will be closed for the rest of the week.

NS to Reopen Pa. Intermodal Terminal

August 14, 2021

Norfolk Southern said this week that in an effort to ease intermodal congestion it is reopening an intermodal terminal in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, next month.

The Class 1 carrier said in a news release that the move is expected to boost intermodal capacity and “help ease supply-chain congestion that has slowed the flow of commerce across all modes of the U.S. transportation sector.”

The facility, located in Franklin County, will begin reopening in phases starting Sept. 10.

Initially it will handle domestic intermodal traffic that currently moves between NS intermodal terminals in Memphis, Tennessee, and Rutherford, Pennsylvania.

The Greencastle facility opened in January 2013 as part of NS’s Crescent Corridor initiative, but closed in 2019. At the time of its closing NS cited “business reasons” but left open the possibility of reopening the facility if market conditions changed.

The terminal has the capacity for an estimated 100,000 container lifts annually. NS said the first phase of traffic is slated to generate about 50,000 lifts.

NS Expands Capacity of Chicago Terminal

July 22, 2021

In the wake of record intermodal volume, Norfolk Southern has expanded capacity at its Landers international intermodal terminal in Chicago.

In a customer service advisory issued this week, NS said it has increased stacked container capacity by 60 percent by reconfiguring terminal operations.

NS said it added three reach-stackers, and has three more on the way, to increase lift capacity by 40 percent per hour, which will reduce dray driver dwell for container pickups.

The terminal has been reconfigured so that it is now subdivided into 10 stacks to reduce handling and dwell times.

Landers handles containers for 11 inbound and outbound trains.

NS Combining Louisville Terminals

June 21, 2021

Norfolk Southern said last week it is revamping operations of its intermodal terminals in Louisville, Kentucky.

The changes include consolidation of two terminals into a single facility at Appliance Park located southeast of downtown.

Effective July 5, all intermodal traffic traffic arriving in Louisville on NS will go to Appliance Park and the Louisville Buechel terminal will be closed to inbound shipments.

On Aug. 2, traffic destined for Norfolk, Virginia, will all depart from Appliance Park. Traffic bound for Portsmouth, Virginia, will begin all departing from Appliance Park as of Aug. 16.

In another change, NS said the Appliance Park facility is now open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Previously, neither Louisville facility had been open on Saturdays.

NS Temporarily Suspends Accepting Some Intermodal Shipments

February 19, 2021

Norfolk Southern stopped accepting inbound international intermodal shipments on Thursday at its Landers intermodal terminal in Chicago.

Inbound loads were also temporarily no longer being accepted in Detroit and six East Coast terminals.

The railroad cited the effect of severe winter weather in the Midwest.

It was the second time this week that inbound loads at NS were temporarily suspended.

On Wednesday NS stopped accepting domestic shipments to Chicago-area terminals from several locations.

NS Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw said the affected terminals continue to operate but street operations had halted due to buildups of snow and ice.

NS also stopped accepting intermodal shipments interchanging to Kansas City Southern through Meridian, Mississippi, and to Union Pacific at Memphis.

CSX indicated that its Chicago intermodal terminals were struggling with the effects of winter weather but remained open.

In the meantime, Union Pacific said it will reopen all intermodal terminals by Friday after closing them earlier this week.

Congestion Prompts NS to Limit Inbound Intermodal Loads at Some Terminals

December 18, 2020

Norfolk Southern is limiting inbound loads at some of its busiest intermodal terminals due to congestion.

The affected terminals include loads moving between Chicago 63rd Street and Pittsburgh; and Toledo and Buffalo, New York.

In a service advisory NS said the Chicago 63rd Intermodal facility would remain open during the ingate closures and it urged customers to remove equipment from the facility in order to increase parking capacity.

The move came as NS and other Class 1 railroads have experienced sharply increased intermodal volumes in recent months.

NS has seen its overall intermodal traffic rise by 4.2 percent in the fourth quarter to date.

BNSF has also announced limits on inbound loads at some of its terminals.

NS Has Started Redesigning its Intermodal Network

September 20, 2019

Norfolk Southern has begun to design a revamp of its intermodal network part of the process of implementing its TOP21 operating plan.

Jeffrey Heller, NS vice president of intermodal and automotive, told an intermodal conference this week that the goal of the revamp is to find efficiencies, cut costs, and improve operations and service.

NS began implementing TOP21 in its merchandise network this past July and will follow the same process in intermodal that it did with merchandise traffic.

The carrier will improve terminal operations before making sweeping changes to road trains. NS has 50 intermodal terminals.

Heller told the annual expo of the Intermodal Association of North America that NS will seek to combine shorter intermodal trains into longer ones.

It might move anchor blocks of intermodal traffic into the consists of merchandise trains.

Those merchandise trains are fewer in number, longer, heavier and rely on distributed motive power.

Any changes to the intermodal network will likely be made early next year after NS has had the opportunity to collaborate with its shippers, Heller said.

Heller said that in the long term, railroads need to become more efficient as truckers move toward platooning and autonomous operations.

Although NS service is not where the carrier wants it to be, Heller said it has improved.

He said that TOP21, which is the moniker NS has given to its version of precision scheduled railroading, has enabled NS to become a faster, more fluid railroad with less terminal dwell times and faster average train speeds.

NS has seen a decline in its domestic intermodal business due in part to falling truck rates,.

Heller said trucking companies ordered a record number of new rigs last year and are now scrambling to find business to keep those rigs rolling.

“We are now at a decision point, where we could either chase the business or wait for the growth to come back,” Heller said.

NS, UP Changing Some Interline Intermodal Service

June 5, 2019

Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific on July 1 will change some interline intermodal service lanes.

The carriers said the changes come on the heels of other changes made earlier this year that dropped nearly 500 low-volume lanes.

The latest service changes will drop westbound interline intermodal service in 78 lanes and make terminal changes for a dozen other origin-destination pairs.

Among the changes are dropping domestic service between the Industry Terminal near Los Angeles and Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Taylor, Pennsylvania.

NS and UP plan to consolidate domestic service at higher-volume destinations. The overall goal is to favor high-density routes that support steel wheel interchange in Chicago and Memphis, Tennessee.

The changes are limited to domestic origins on UP and international origins on NS.

NS also said it plans to discontinue international intermodal service between Detroit and Baltimore.

In a service advisory sent to shippers, UP said the changes seek to reduce transit times and improve customer experience.

W.Va. Opens First Train-Truck Terminal

December 28, 2015

West Virginia’s first rail-truck intermodal facility is open for business.

Situated in the town of Prichard in Wayne County, the facility is located along the Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor between Columbus and Roanoke, Virginia. It accepted its first revenue container on Dec. 15

West Virginia Port Authority Director Neal Vance told Trains magazine that the facility is expected to receive 30,000 container movements annually within 100 miles.

“This is something very new for the State of West Virginia,” Vance says. “The railroad has placed railcars for training. Employees are being trained on how to put air on the train and staged loadings.”

Containers are brought to the facility by trucks and loaded onto NS trains.

The 80-acre intermodal terminal is located just south of Huntington, West Virginia, which, of course, is known as the headquarters of a CSX Division.

The terminal is expected to draw business from eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio, and central and southern West Virginia.

Some of those business now send containers to the Rickenbacker Intermodal terminal in Columbus or the Port of Virginia in Norfolk. Using the Prichard terminal will afford those businesses reduced travel expenses and lower rail rates.

Toyota is among the first potential customers for the Prichard terminal. It has a parts plant in Buffalo, West Virginia.

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing is pleased that the State of West Virginia has this new facility and we are looking into ways it could fit into our needs,” said Toyota External Affairs Specialist Sandra Maynard. Toyota manufactures engines and transmissions in Buffalo.

Although located some distance from Prichard, economic development officials in the West Virginia capital city of Charleston expect to benefit by providing more convenient access to foreign markets.

“As we look for the need to diversify, not only is it getting their products to market easier from Charleston, but it’s a marketing edge to potential new manufacturers,” said Justin Gaull, vice president economic development at the Charleston Area Alliance.

The Prichard intermodal terminal can accommodate up to 190 trucks, has two half-mile yard tracks, and uses “Reach Stacker” vehicles to move containers from trucks to railroad well cars.

Intermodal services company Parksec will handle terminal operations.

Funding for the Prichard terminal included $12 million in federal grants, $18 million from the State of West Virginia, and $1 million from Norfolk Southern, which also donated nearly 80 acres of land.

Upgrades Planned for NS Intermodal Terminal

July 2, 2015

A $34.3 million expansion of the Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal in Columbus is being planned with Norfolk Southern and terminal officials seeking a $17.15 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

If the grant application is successful, NS would contribute $17.15 million toward the expansion.

NS opened the $69 million intermodal terminal in 2008 and it is now known as Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park.

The planned upgrades to the facility located 12 miles south of downtown Columbus include lengthening existing lift tracks and adding an additional lift crane.

The work would increase lift capacity to 300,000 annually from 210,000, according to the application. Construction could begin this year and be completed in 2018.