Posts Tagged ‘R.J. Corman’

Ohio Central Consecutive Roster Numbers

May 29, 2020

Although not on the same train or part of the same motive power consist, the sequence above shows consecutively numbered Ohio Central U23B units both of which were once owned by Conrail.

In the top photo OHCR 4092 is working in Coshocton on Nov. 12, 2009.

In the bottom photo OHCR 4093 is northbound on R.J. Corman (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) trackage in Massillon on April 19, 2010.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Bright Red

May 22, 2020

Some of the most colorful locomotives operating in Northeast Ohio work for R.J. Corman.

They wear a pleasing livery of red and white although the red is subject to fading.

So it was pleasing to see Corman GP 20 No. 4119 in Massillon on July 26, 2016, looking sharp and bright.

This locomotive was built in February 1962 for the Southern Pacific.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

As Far West as the ex-Erie Goes in Ohio

April 26, 2020

On on Friday I went to Lima, Ohio, where the R.J. Corman was switching the yard and then went west to Elgin, Ohio.

Elgin is as far west as a train can go on the former Erie Railroad mainline as it is abandoned west of there.

Here are some pictures of the train with the top images showing it passing the depot at Spencerville and two others from Elgin.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

PUCO Approves 5 Grade Crossing Projects

April 25, 2020

Five grade crossing projects were approved recently by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

PUCO directed Norfolk Southern to upgrade active warning devices at the South Lincoln Avenue/CR 444A crossing in Columbiana County and the South Charleston Street/State Route 41 crossing in Springfield by April 22.

NS will also install traffic interconnection at the Flat Rock/County Road 308 crossing in Bellevue by Oct. 22.

The Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern Railroad was directed to lights and gates at the Township Road 60 crossing in Crane Township, while R. J. Corman will complete installations at the St. Anthony Road/County Road 110 crossing in Mercer County.

Both projects are to be completed by Jan. 22, 2021.

R.J. Corman in Massillon

February 23, 2020

It is July 5, 1996, in Massillon and R.J. Corman GP9 No. 9003 is on the point of a sitting northbound train.

The Corman uses former Baltimore & Ohio tracks here.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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.

Corman Kentucky Line Receives Safety Award

November 15, 2019

A Kentucky short line railroad has received a President’s Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association in recognition of its safety record.

R.J. Corman received the award at the annual Southern Region meeting Nov. 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Corman’s Central Kentucky Lines was recognized for most hours of injury-free operation and best safety rate, 50,000 to 150,000 man-hours.

Also recognized was the Florida East Coast Railway, the Corman Memphis Line and the Alabama Warrior Railway.

In a statement ASLRRA President Chuck Baker said recipients of the award are considered to be industry leaders that strive to value safety above all competing priorities each day.

At Work on the R.J. Corman in Northeast Ohio

October 22, 2019

R.J. Corman SD40T-2 No. 8336 is shown on Oct. 9, 2019, with just another routine manifest freight.

In the top image, it is backing a string of gondolas west into the Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad yard in Brewster on W&LE tracks at the RJ Corman/W&LE diamond.

The middle image shows another view of the backup move.

Having dropped off the gondolas and picked up mixed freight, No. 8336 is southbound at Justus, Ohio.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Not What You Would Expect to Find Here

October 9, 2019

Once in a while even a blind squirrel finds a nut. I was blessed to catch an R.J. Corman move on Tuesday that I have never seen or heard of before this.

Corman ran a double-stack train from Warwick to south of Massillon operating as WS01.

There I lost the train but it did not reach Brewster, so I don’t know where this train went after passing Mace interlocking in Massillon.

In the photographs that accompany this article, R.J. Corman SD40-T No. 8336 is shown southbound at Warwick Tower in Clinton, north of Canal Fulton along Warwick Road, and south of Canal Fulton near Butterbridge Road.

I don’t know the story behind this move.

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

Tuscarawas Eyes Excursion Service

April 23, 2018

Tuscarawas County officials are eyeing a former Baltimore & Ohio rail line for use as excursion trains, including the annual Polar Express trips made from Dennison.

The line in question extends from Dennison to Dover and is owned by CSX but leased to R.J. Corman.

The route begins at the Aleris plant south of Uhrichsville, crosses the former Pennsylvania Panhandle rail line at Uhrichsville, and then goes through Midvale, New Philadelphia and Dover.

A mile-long section of track would need to be built between Uhrichsville and the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. That would cost an estimated $1 million to $2 million.

New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day is describing the proposed service as an economic development proposal.

“It would generate revenue from those tourism dollars and create another tourism attraction,” he said.

Scott Robinson, president of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, said the project would create a great train ride but said “it would take a tremendous effort by a lot of different parties to make it work out.”

Day also said that, “restoring the rail lines from New Philadelphia to Dennison would connect the northern communities of the county with the southern, and give us direct access to the rail corridor that runs between Columbus and Pittsburgh. Plus, with the abundance of natural gas we have in eastern Ohio, technology could be developed (if it hasn’t already) that allows train engines to be powered by natural gas.”

Day recently met with the Ohio Rail Development Commission to discuss the plan. They talked with Tim Brown, project manager for the rail commission.

“Tim was there to gather information,” Day said. “He wasn’t a decision maker. That was sort of disappointing in a way, but he was a good resource for us. What he’s going to help us do is get a meeting with CSX to talk about the rail line through New Philadelphia.”

Brown told the Tuscarawas county contingent that railroads in Ohio are more interested in earning revenue from freight than operating passenger or excursion trains.

“But we hope that if we can get in front of CSX and explain the plan and the benefits of that, we can convince them it’s a good idea,” Day said.

He noted that the railroad is not making a lot of revenue off the line, but if the connection to Dennison was made, CSX could earn money off tourism dollars.

The excursion train, if it comes about, would be operated by the Dennison museum.

“We’re exploring the options to tie Dennison into Schoenbrunn and New Philadelphia and Warther’s Museum in Dover with train rides,” said Wendy Zucal, the director of the museum.

She said the depot already has passenger cars, excursion insurance and volunteers trained in railroad safety.

It operates the Polar Express train ride in December from Dennison to Newcomerstown in cooperation with the Genessee & Wyoming Railroad.