Posts Tagged ‘R.J. Corman’

R.J. Corman Two for Tuesday in Warwick

November 30, 2021

R.J. Corman GP 20E No. 4119 rolls a train southbound after interchanging cars with CSX in Warwick Yard on Oct. 6, 2021. A few days later Corman SD40-2 No. 7107 leads a northbound awaiting permission to enter the yard.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Lake State Named Regional of the Year

November 10, 2021

Lake State Railway of Michigan has been named the 2021 regional railroad of the year by Railway Age magazine.

An Ohio short line, the Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad, was awarded honorable mention in the short line of the year competition, which was won by the Memphis Line of R.J. Corman.

Lake State is a 373-mile Class II carrier serving primarily the northern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

It became a regional carrier in 2019 by acquiring the CSX Saginaw Subdivision between its namesake city and Plymouth.

This year Lake State is expected to handle 65,000 carloads, up from the 30,000 carloads of 2018.

It has won an American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association award for marketing initiatives in three of the past four years.

The 48-mile Class III BIPR is located in far southern Ohio and interchanges with CSX in Parkersburg, West Viginia.

It serves industries in metals, plastics and petrochemicals in the Ohio River Valley.

A relatively new operation, BIPR has upgraded 21 miles of track from excepted to Federal Railroad Administration Class 2 standards.

In its 12 months of operation the railroad has had zero reportable injuries and increased total revenue movements 84 percent compared with the three-year average of the line in previous years.

Other projects undertaken by BIPR have included converting several barge and truck movements to rail for existing customers (coal, residual fuel, asphalt); initiating new product movements for existing customers (ferroalloys, carbon, plastics); adding three new storage-in-transit customers supporting regional industry; and investing more than $2 million into equipment, rail refurbishment and upgrades, and new sidings.

Candy Apple Red on the Corman

September 23, 2021

A northbound R.J. Corman train is about to crossing the Wheeling & Lake Erie Brewster Subdivision at Justus, about a mile east of Brewster.

Leading the train is a Railpower RP20BD with its bright red livery. The image was made on April 3, 2012.

The Baltimore & Ohio style position light signal gives a clue as to the heritage of this line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

It Still Makes Me Smile

September 2, 2021

Sometimes a photo brings a smile. Here is R.J. Corman GP9 No. 9003 heading south on Conrail at CP Mace in Massillon in mid-1997. The 9003 and its train are stretched out in such a way that most if not all of the train is visible which adds to the photo’s interest. The train will be on Conrail for a short time before switching back to its own rails. The 9003 is a former Baltimore & Ohio locomotive.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

R.J. Corman at Justus

June 11, 2021

A northbound R.J. Corman train crosses the Wheeling & Lake Erie at Justus just east of Brewster. The image was made on May 19, 2021. The Corman train is on a former Baltimore & Ohio secondary route.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Getting Out to See the Corman

May 9, 2021

You probably know Bob Farkas for his oldies but goodies photographs of railroads in the 1960s and 1970s.

But Bob also photographs contemporary action although due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues it has been more than a year since he has been trackside.

That ended on April 27, 2021, when he chased the southbound R.J. Corman train out of Clinton, where it interchanged with CSX at Warwick.

He caught the train at Butterbridge Road south of Canal Fulton and at Warwick. He acknowledged there are weeds in the top image, made at Warwick, but when he made this image with a telephoto lens he did not see the weeds in the viewfinder.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Central on the R.J. Corman

February 25, 2021

For several years Ohio Central used trackage rights over R. J. Corman to reach the CSX Warwick Yard in Clinton to interchange traffic with the Class 1 carrier.

OC has since switched its CSX interchange to Columbus, but on July 20, 1996, it was still using Corman track.

Shown is a southbound in Massillon that has already completed its interchange work in Warwick. The Corman line is a former Baltimore & Ohio branch.

The train’s motive power is a former Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 built in November 1959 that has been rebuilt into a GP10. It carried OHCR roster number 7574

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Working in Warwick

January 13, 2021

R.J. Corman GP9 No. 9003 is working in Warwick in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Corman comes into town on a former Baltimore & Ohio line.

Photogrraph by Robert Farkas

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.

Derail Closes Pennsylvania Highway

November 27, 2020

The derailment of an R.J. Corman train in Pennsylvania this week collapsed a bridge that led to the closing of a state highway.

There were no injuries reported in the derailment.

The derailment occurred in Indiana County near Starford and resulted in the closing of Pennsylvania Route 1014.

The derailment left a hopper car dangling over a roadway where the bridge collapsed, Several other hopper cars were overturned.