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Getting a Rare R.J. Corman Sunday Move

October 25, 2016
An R.J. Corman train cruises southbound along Warwick Drive NW between Clinton and Canal Fulton.

An R.J. Corman train cruises southbound along Warwick Drive NW between Clinton and Canal Fulton.

Since last Sunday was the best weather from the past few days I went to Alliance to railfan. The first couple hours I had two eastbound stack trains but nothing westbound.

I found out that Norfolk Southern was doing track maintenance near Conway and no trains were being run. After noon, I went over to the Sebring model railroad club. Trains were moving here, albeit of the model variety.

After 2 p.m. NS opened the floodgates and I saw four trains in an hour. I relocated to Rootstown, catching another train.

Then I got word that an R.J. Corman train had just gone into Warwick to pick up some cars from CSX. I figured it would take 30-40 minutes to drive there so off I went.

I was just arriving as the train pulled out heading back south. Luckily, it doesn’t going very fast and made for an easy chase.

I got it several times at Canal Fulton and a couple more at Massilon. By now it was after 5 and the light was fading so I ended my chase here.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon 

Coming through Canal Fulton.

Coming through Canal Fulton.

A farm south of Canal Fulton.

Passing the large pond of a home south of Canal Fulton.

It must have been a slow day as the railfan chase crew was out in force. I see Bob Farkas at left near the train.

It must have been a slow day as the railfan chase crew was out in force. I see Bob Farkas at left near the train.

CSX Using Corman Line Out of Warwick

August 15, 2015
An empty CSX pipe train rumbles into Clinton on the R.J. Corman Cleveland Subdivision.

An empty CSX pipe train rumbles into Clinton on the R.J. Corman Cleveland Subdivision.

One Sunday morning last month I was watching trains on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Warwick Park in Clinton when I heard the IO dispatcher make reference to a train on the R.J. Corman that had everything tied up near Warwick.

I didn’t think much of it, thinking it was a train in Warwick Yard. But about 10 minutes later I heard a locomotive horn that did not belong to a train on the New Castle Sub.

With the dispatcher’s comments fresh in mind, I hurried over to a crossing of the Corman in Clinton where I spotted a train coming north with two CSX locomotives and a long string of flat cars behind them.

Both were six-axle units, which is not the type of motive power that you typically see on the Corman. For that matter, I’ve never seen a CSX train coming into Clinton from the south on the Corman.

My initial thought is that it was a work train, but why would a CSX work train be on the Corman’s Cleveland Subdivision? There are no connections between the Corman line and any CSX line south of Clinton.

I would later learn that what I had seen was an empty pipe train. It originates in Dothan, Alabama, and brings 36-inch pipe to a storage yard in Massillon at the site of the former Republic Steel complex.

I posted a story on the ARRC blog in late January about how two Massillon area entrepreneurs were developing that site and planned to offer rail service.

They were rehabbing a 3.5-mile rail line that would offer connections to the Corman and to Norfolk Southern. The article mentioned that the site would be storing pipe for a 600-mile project in Ohio, Michigan and Canada.

That might be a proposed pipeline that has generated a great deal of controversy in Akron after several homeowners refused to allow surveyors from Nexus Gas Transmission Company to come onto their property.

The homeowners object to locating a pipeline in what they term a densely populated area with some wanting it to be built farther south.

Several property owners appeared in a Summit County courtroom earlier this week during a hearing to determine if Nexus would be granted a temporary restraining order that forces homeowners to allow Nexus survey crews onto their property.

On Thursday, Summit Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands denied Nexus the temporary restraining order and questioned whether the Texas-based company has the authority that it claims under Ohio law to go onto private property to conduct surveys.

However, Judge Rowlands set an Oct. 26 hearing on the company’s request for a declaratory judgement and permanent injunction. Courts in Medina and Wayne County have also been considering legal actions over the access to property issue.

The pipeline still needs approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before it can be built. Nexus hopes to begin construction in 2017 and begin using the pipeline late that year.

The pipeline would originate in Ohio’s Utica Shale region and go westward to Defiance where it would then veer north to Detroit and join other pipelines leading into Ontario.

The developers of the site where the pipes are being stored, had indicated in January that the first shipments of pipe were expected by Feb. 1.

Apparently, pipe trains have been running steadily to and from Massillon via CSX and the Corman. On CSX, the trains operate as K565 and K566.

Each flatcar can hold five to six pipes. Each train typically has 50 to 60 cars. CSX motive power has remained on the trains as they travel over the Corman’s Cleveland Subdivision to and from Warwick.

The CSX traffic has added traffic to a line that has had less than daily service in recent years. Ohio Central used to use the Corman line to Warwick to interchange with CSX, but has switched that interchange to Columbus.

The pipe trains are limited to 20 mph while on Corman property, thus making them easy to chase.

The Corman continues to interchange at Warwick, but there has been talk that Corman might move its interchange elsewhere, raising doubts about the future of the route north of Massillon.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

A long string of flatcars stretched out behind the motive power.

A long string of flatcars stretched out behind the motive power.

A lone boxcar was the only car in the consist that wasn't a flat car.

A lone boxcar was the only car in the consist that wasn’t a flat car.

It turns out that the term "Pennsy" on this flat car refers to a railcar component and parts company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and not to the railroad that once owned one of the tracks between Warwick and Mace Tower in Massillon.

It turns out that the term “Pennsy” on this flat car refers to the Pennsylvania Rail Car Company, a maker of components and parts based in Mercer, Pennsylvania, and not to the railroad that once owned one of the tracks between Warwick and Mace Tower in Massillon.

 

R.J. Corman May Get Grant for Track Work

March 12, 2014

R.J. Corman Railroad Group may receive a $500,000 freight-rail project grants to rehabilitate its Cleveland Subdivision .

The Ohio Rail Development Commission will consider the grant its meeting to be held on Thursday.

The Cleveland Sub extends from Clinton (Warwick) to Uhrichsville. It is part of a former Baltimore & Ohio route that once extended to Wheeling, W.Va.

The ORDC will also consider providing a $500,000 grant to the Indiana & Ohio Railway to improve train speed and remove weight restrictions on its line running from Columbus to Logan, and a $270,000 grant to the Indiana Eastern Railroad to improve its Ohio South-Central line.

The commission also will consider an agreement with Norfolk Southern that would “protect investments” of more than $7 million from the Class I and Ohi-Rail on the Piney Fork rail line. “Combined, these projects [would] benefit over 25 companies and 6,000 jobs,” the ORDC officials said in a meeting announcement.