Posts Tagged ‘R.J. Corman Railroad Group’

Corman Names New VP of Operations

March 17, 2021

Eric Hosey has been named vice president of operations of R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

In a news release, Corman said Hosey will direct development and implementation of transportation plans and safety initiatives for the company’s short line railroads.

Hosey has 27 years of rail industry experience in a variety of positions.

He began his railroad career with Norfolk Southern in 1994 before moving on to Amtrak.

Hosey then spent about five years in the regional freight-rail sector serving as vice president of the northeast region for Genesee & Wyoming before returning to Amtrak as assistant vice presidents of transportation-Southwest Division.

Most recently, he served as chief operating officer at Metrolink in Los Angeles since 2019. 

Batory Joins Corman Board of Directors

February 2, 2021

Former Federal Railroad Administration head Ronald Batory has joined the board of directors at R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

Ronald Batory

Batory has spent 46 years in the railroad industry, including serving as president of the Belt Railway of Chicago and spending 12 years as president and chief operation officer of Conrail.

In a statement, Corman President and CEO Ed Quinn described Batory’s background in the rail industry as “unparalleled.

Quinn said Corman has worked with Batory in many capacities throughout his career.

Corman Completes Deal for Short Lines

December 9, 2020

R. J. Corman has completed its acquisition of three short line railroads that operate in Pennsylvania and New York.

Corman now owns 17 short lines in its R.J. Corman Railroad Group with the latest members being the Owego and Harford Railway, Lehigh Railway, and Luzerne & Susquehanna Railway.

All three companies were founded by Steve May and handle 14,000 annual carloads that include sand, scrap, feed products, plastic, propane and wood products.

Traffic is interchanged with Norfolk Southern and the Reading & Northern.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in a Corman announcement.

Corman Names New Chief Financial Officer

November 18, 2020

Michael Donfris has been named chief financial officer of R.J. Corman Railroad Group.

In a news release, Corman said Donfris has 34 years of experience in leadership positions in finance, strategy and accounting.

Most recently, Donfris was global vice president of Flowserve, a manufacturer and service provider of flow control systems.

He also worked as vice president of finance and chief accounting officer at Trinity Industries and served as director of corporate finance and analysis at Kimberly-Clark.

R.J. Corman Acquires Pennsylvania Short Lines

August 20, 2020

R.J. Corman Railroad Group has acquired three short lines, including two based in Pennsylvania, and a transload service provider, the company has announced.

The latest additions are the 26.7-mile Owego & Harford in New York; the Lehigh Railway, which operates 56 miles of track in north central Pennsylvania owned by Norfolk Southern; and the 60-mile Luzerne & Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.

The three short lines collectively handle about 14,000 carloads annually.

“We’re excited to bring these short lines and related companies into the R. J. Corman family of companies and to continue the impeccable service they are known for by their customers,” Ed Quinn, president and CEO of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, said in a statement.

Corman Vice President Retiring

May 2, 2020

An R.J. Corman Railroad Group senior vice president has announced his retirement.

Noel Rush is stepping down after more than 23 years with the regional railroad.

He joined Corman in 1997 and held such positions as president of the derailment services company, vice president of risk management, and senior vice president of commercial development.

Before joining Corman, Rush was vice president and director of railroad finance for National City Bank of Kentucky.

R.J. Corman Appoints New Vice President

January 8, 2020

R.J. Corman Railroad Group has named Alin Campian as as vice president of commercial strategy and yield management.

In a news release, Corman said Campian has more than 15 years of experience maximizing return-on-investment in infrastructure, logistics and transportation space.

Campian’s expertise covers asset yield management and optimization yield maximization, merger and acquisition strategy, pricing and profitability management, quantitative market analysis, and segmentation and strategic pricing and product positioning.

He previously worked for Steel River Transport Ventures, Patriot Rail, Florida East Coast Railway and CSX.

R.J. Corman in Warwick

September 9, 2019

The R.J. Corman branch to Warwick (Clinton) is, arguably, one of the most overlooked rail operations in Northeast Ohio.

In a region with busy Class 1 mainline railroads it is easy to forget about the Corman.

Bob Farkas made this image of RJ Corman 1804 northbound at Warwick on Aug. 3.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

C&O 2716 Begins 3-Day Trip Today in Kentucky

July 26, 2019

A former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive will begin a three-day journey today from one Kentucky museum to another.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation, CSX, and R.J. Corman Railroad Group will move C&O 2-8-4 Kanawha No. 2716 from the Kentucky Railway Museum at New Haven to a planned heritage center at CSX’s former Ravenna Yard at Irvine.

Along the way No. 2718 will make a guest appearance at a street festival in Midway and be honored in Lexington with a new craft brewed beer.

The journey is slated to commence at 10 a.m today when the 2716 and an excursion train is towed by former Clinchfield Railroad EMD F7 No. 800 to the KRMs connection with CSX at Lebanon Junction.

At Lebanon Junction, some cars will be cut off and return to the museum while the 2716 and its train continues on the CSX Main Line Subdivision to Louisville where it will connect with R.J. Corman and travel via the former C&O Old Road Subdivision to Frankfort.

The 2716 will be displayed outside the Old Capital Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today.

On Saturday, 2716 will arrive at Midway at 9:45 a.m. and the 2716 will be on display.

It will depart Midway at 1:15 p.m. and arrive at Manchester Street in Lexington 75 minutes later where there will be a three-hour event celebrating a new beer brewed in the locomotive’s honor, the “Back on Track Steam Beer.”

On Sunday, No. 2716 will depart Lexington for Winchester  at 9:15 a.m. to be interchanged with CSX at 11 a.m. before departing for Ravenna.

The 2716 is expected to arrive at Veterans Memorial Park in Ravenna at 3:30 p.m. and be on display until 5 p.m.

Grants Awarded for Kentucky Rail Projects

July 12, 2019

Four grants totaling $1.3 million have been awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to improve multimodal freight transportation through the Kentucky Rail Crossing Improvement Program.

Winning the grants were the Paducah & Louisville Railway, R.J. Corman Railroad Group, Fredonia Valley Railroad and Louisville Metro Government.

Twenty safety projects will be funded by the funding, including the reconstruction of 16 crossings, three signal upgrades and one crossing replacement.

Jointly administered by the Division of Planning and Division of Right of Way and Utilities, the cabinet will fund half of $2.5 million in project costs to maintain and improve grade crossings in Kentucky.

The cabinet also said it is issuing $500,000 in grants to improve public safety at six Kentucky riverports including facilities in Owesboro and Louisville that are served by rail.

In Owesboro, the funding will be used to replace 575 deteriorated crossties and 60 deteriorated switchties to maintain reliability of the port rail loop and rail access by CSX.

In Louisville ,1,900 deteriorated crossties will be replaced. The Louisville port is served by CSX, Norfolk Southern and the P&L.