Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh railroads’

Carload Express Opens New Pittsburgh Transload Terminal

February 17, 2021

Carload Express has opened a new transload facility in Pittsburgh in Glenwood.

The terminal has a 40-ton-capacity Mi-Jack TravelLift gantry crane for loading and unloading multiple railcars to a truck or to ground storage.

The crane can work a variety of railcar types, including gondolas, regular and bulkhead flatcars, and centerbeam cars.

The Glenwood terminal handles steel products such as plate, bar, rod, structural, pipe and coils; and offers railcar-to-truck transloading of non-ferrous metals, forest products, dimensional loads, ABC Containers, and other building and construction materials and bulk commodities.  

Carload Express is a subsidiary of Allegheny Valley Railroad and interchanges with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Wheeling & Lake Erie.  

An Unexpected and Pleasant Surprise

December 12, 2016




Railfans go to great lengths to determine when something special is coming down the tracks that they want to photograph.

They’ve set up Facebook pages, online chat lists, websites and texting networks.

Yet there will always be a place for dumb luck in getting something out of the ordinary.

Such was the case during a recent trip to Pittsburgh. We had set up at California Avenue to get Norfolk Southern train 21Q as it came across the OC bridge on the Mon Line.

Leading the 21Q was the Pennsylvania Railroad heritage unit, a fact we had learned about through the website

We had only been there a few minutes when a coal train came rumbling out onto the bridge.

The trailing unit of the coal train was DC to AC conversion No. 4004. There are thus far only a handful of these conversion locomotives in revenue service wearing one of the special liveries that NS designed for them.

No. 4004 features the a black nose, gray body and blue lighting accent stripes. Yes, it would have been nice it had been leading, but I was still quite pleased to get it as it was.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Pitt Tunnel Project Wins Engineering Awards

February 28, 2014

A tunnel project in Pittsburgh that was part of establishing the CSX National Gateway Network has won an engineering award.

The J&L Tunnel modification project the Project of the Year Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania.

The awarding organizations cited the project’s safe completion, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and community benefits.
Completed in late 2013, the J&L Tunnel Project increased the vertical clearance of a 130-year-old tunnel running through Pittsburgh’s “SouthSide Works,” a mixed-use residential and commercial development on the site of former steel mill.

CSX worked with public officials, local businesses and residents to minimize noise and disruption during construction. CSX later restored trees and plantings, and made landscaping improvements to the overlying Tunnel Park.

The J&L Tunnel was constructed in the 1880s as part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie line to enable trains to pass beneath the former J&L Steel Co.’s Pittsburgh Works facility.

CSX recently announced a $50 million proposal to redevelop the former P&LE yard in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township into a new intermodal rail facility.