Thursday, December 18, 2014

CSX Creates Opportunities for Increased Cross-border Trade with New Intermodal Terminal in Montreal

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CSX Creates Opportunities for Increased Cross-border Trade with New Intermodal Terminal in Montreal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - December 16, 2014 - CSX (NYSE: CSX) announced the opening of a new intermodal terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal, Quebec. The facility expands CSX's intermodal network capacity and offers Canadian customers domestic and international service that connects with the railroad's 21,000 mile network in the United States.

"CSX continues to invest in our intermodal business as a key growth driver and we look for long-term opportunities, such as increased north-south trade access outlined by the North American Free Trade Agreement," says Clarence Gooden, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at CSX. "Opening a terminal near Montreal creates an opportunity to build relationships with new customers on our network, expand access to new markets, and improve the efficiency of the North American supply chain."

The $100 million terminal, which spans 89 acres, includes cutting-edge equipment to capitalize on the efficiency and environmental benefits of intermodal rail transportation, such as three state-of-the-art rubber-tire gantry cranes - the first of their kind at an Eastern Canadian intermodal facility. Construction also incorporated environmentally sustainable innovations in the areas of noise abatement and protection of downstream waterways. 

With capacity for 100,000 loads, the Valleyfield terminal is an important addition to the railroad's unique intermodal network, which offers both point-to-point corridor service and a hub-and-spoke model that allows it to reach into small- and medium-sized markets, to capitalize on the growing demand for intermodal transport. Trains serving the new terminal will also connect through the Northwest Ohio intermodal hub, offering efficient access to markets across the United States and Canada.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. Through its subsidiaries, it provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702


Final CSX Oyster Express Train Delivered to Chesapeake Bay

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Final CSX Oyster Express Train Delivered to Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and CSX collaborate in unique partnership to restore oyster sanctuary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A unique, year-long partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and CSX recently came to a close with delivery of the 22nd and final freight train filled with fossilized oyster shells from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay.

Over the past 12 months, CSX has transported about 100,000 tons of the fossilized shell to help rebuild habitat in two Maryland oyster sanctuaries. Trains carrying the shells were delivered to CSX's Curtis Bay ore pier once every 10 to 14 days, where the shells were transferred to barges for the trip to the sanctuaries on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Once in place, the shells provide a habitat where young oysters can thrive.

Viable oyster reefs and the ecosystem they support provide natural filtering capabilities to help improve the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, filtering silt, sediment and nitrates from the water.

"Using the best available science, DNR  and our many partners are working together to restore oyster habitats in Maryland," said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. "We are already seeing remarkable results in Harris Creek. Once degraded reefs are now teeming with life as a direct result of our collaborative efforts, and we couldn't be more excited about the progress."

With the help of partners, the State has planted more than a billion oysters in the Harris Creek Sanctuary since 2011. Since restoration efforts began, areas with less than one oyster per square meter now have upwards of 25 oysters per square meter. 

"The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's partnership with CSX has provided an amazing opportunity to help accelerate oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and chief executive officer, NFWF. "Connecting CSX's transportation services with the great work of the State of Maryland and its partners, including the Oyster Recovery Partnership, is a great example of how public and private interests can work together to take a significant step toward a healthy Bay ecosystem."

"Oysters have been central to the Maryland way of life for centuries, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay's oyster beds is critical for this region's environment and the economy," said Michael Ward, president, chairman and chief executive officer of CSX. "CSX is proud to be a part of this unique public-private partnership in helping to restore one of our nation's greatest natural assets."

With a lack of natural, affordable shell available to support restoration of the two sanctuaries, DNR and its partners found the quality and quantity of the next best thing - fossilized shell - for purchase from Gulf Coast Aggregates near Carrabelle, Florida. To address the challenge and expense of moving the large volume of material, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation negotiated an agreement with CSX to transport the shell at cost.

Maryland purchased the materials at a cost of approximately $6.3 million. CSX provided an in-kind investment valued at approximately $2.4 million in the form of reduced-cost transportation. The Maryland Environmental Service is coordinating the effort on behalf of the state. Production of young oysters and their placement on the new reefs will be conducted by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

The sanctuaries were chosen for the initial large-scale restoration project because of their water quality, salinity levels, shape, location, and protected sanctuary status all point to a high likelihood of success. More than 150,000 cubic yards of granite from a Maryland quarry also will be used as substrate in the sanctuaries. Scientists believe the project ultimately can serve as a blueprint to expand large-scale oyster restoration efforts to other Bay tributaries.

Maryland and its partners continue to make progress under all 10 points of the Governor's Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan, adopted in 2010. In 2013, Governor O'Malley announced another oyster restoration landmark, as the state and its partners produced and planted 1.25 billion oysters that year. The University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery was responsible for the record - the first time any oyster hatchery in the country has passed the 1-billion mark for Eastern oyster spat production.

About The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. www.dnr.maryland.gov

About NFWF
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.3 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CP holiday train - 2014

Received the following via email. 

I've received quite a number of photos of the CP Holiday train this year.      This is the one that I like best.

Gerard F. Edwards
Area Representative Real Estate
Canadian Pacific/Delaware and Hudson
P O Box 786
Clifton Park, NY 12065
518-383-7204
FAX  518-383-7222





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NS 2014 CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAY OPERATIONS

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2014 Christmas and New Year Holiday Operations
For customer planning over the upcoming holidays, anticipating reduced volumes Norfolk Southern plans to begin curtailing most operations for the Christmas Holiday beginning at 3:00 PM on Wednesday,  December 24, with resumption of normal operations on Thursday, December 26.  Local train operations (pickup and delivery) and unit train operations during this period will be based on prearranged customer requirements.  Interline gateways will remain open for traffic delivered from connecting carriers. 
Norfolk Southern will operate a normal road train schedule over the New Year Holiday, however local train operations (pickup and delivery) may be reduced due to customer facility closures over the holiday. 
Where customer operations will continue through the holiday and local service (pickup/delivery) will be required, customers should contact their Operations & Service Support or Customer Service representative to confirm local service requirements.
Customers with critical shipments, particularly unit trains, where customer operations will continue through the holiday, should contact their Customer Service representative regarding service requirements.
Operations and Service Support:                            800-898-4296
Customer Service Operations:                              
  800-635-5768
Customer Service Automotive Operations:          888-649-9273



Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Tri-State Chapter NRHS - Monthly Meeting Notice - Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM - A story of the North Jersey's railroad and mining history through song - Mike Del Vecchio and Jeff Loy

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The TRISTATE RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Presents Mike Del Vecchio and Jeff Loy: Signing Rails” - A story of the North Jersey's railroad and mining history through song. at the Bickford Theater of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM 
As we continue our 50th Anniversary year of special presentations, December may be a first for Tri-State in the form of live music. Club president Mike Del Vecchio has been collecting railroad-themed music since childhood. His goal on Thursday December 11th is to portray, remember and tell the story of the North Jersey's railroad and mining history through songs from a variety of songwriters, some familiar, some not.

Most railfans are also music lovers, but few may know that songwriters have tackled topics such as Blue Coal, the Lackawanna Cutoff, or John Draney's famous ride to bring surgeons to attempt to save President McKinley in Buffalo. Del Vecchio has written a few songs, and will be performing one about the Hibernia Underground Railroad.

Between songs Mike will share the historic context of each piece. While Tri-Staters know Del Vecchio as a railroader, photographer and author, he's also been a professional musician and multi-instrumentalist for more than 30 years, having performed at most of the local live music haunts and played on many studio recordings. Outside of Tri-State he is active in two concert series. His friend and the best guitar player you've never heard of, Jeff Loy, will join him on stage.  

The meetings begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Bickford Theater in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. The programs usually begin about 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, open to the public. All are welcome. Light refreshments are often available.

Santa Train runs Saturday, December 13th, Wayne, NJ

We will have a selection of books, videos and memorabilia for sale before the meeting. Light refreshments will be available. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., meeting at 7:30, entertainment about 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, all are welcome. For weather updates see our website at www.tristaterail.org, or visit Tri-State Chapter NRHS on Facebook. 


Alco Hauled Orion: Model 251 engines power NASA’s Crawler Transporters

Received the following via email from a correspondent in northwest Pennsylvania.

Alco has hauled ore on tracks with trains. Now, Alco has hauled Orion on 'tracks' with one of the two 1965 Crawler Transporters. They each use a pair of the same Model 251 V-16 diesel engine that propelled freight behind Alco Model C-628 and C-430/630 and C-636 locomotives..

http://www.nasa.gov/content/new-roller-bearings-tested-on-crawler-transporter-2/#.VII9y8l4VLk 

"One of...two crawler transporters (CTs) transport the Mobile Launcher Platform with the assembled Space Shuttle from the VAB to Complex 39 Launch Pads A and B at John F. Kennedy Space Center":
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/nasafact/transpcrawler.htm


Under "Additional Facts":
"Diesel Engines: Alco, 16 Cylinders, 2 @ 2,750 H.P. each"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawler-transporter


Sunday, December 07, 2014

A Busy & Colorful Sunday Morning Along CSX's Trenton Line...

(Train sightings on 11-30-14.) 

At times, CSX's Trenton Line can prove to be very quiet in addition to being a challenge to do any morning photography of eastbound trains due to the sun's angle. Sunday's cloudy skies proved to be beneficial since it allowed me to get these morning images at Belle Mead (NJ) on a rather busy morning. The first eastbound train I saw past TL's MP 50 would be 410 around 10:30. Motive power would be CSX 3036 and CSX 5294.



Forty-five minutes later at 11:15, K-041 would bring empty tank cars east behind BNSF 5395 and BNSF 5262.



Following behind the K-041 a short time later would be a power move of three CSX diesels east. While waiting for the next train, I inspected from the outside the interior of the ex-Reading station and waiting room facility. Both proved to be in sad shape due to vandals and neglect over time. Peering into the station's basement through an outside grate, I saw there was what I would estimate to be over a foot of water. On the station's main floor was debris and busted interior walls The backside of the waiting room facility's back wall was caved in and a third of its roof had fallen.




With my inspection over I spotted the headlight of a westbound train. It was the K-042 with the NS Virginian heritage unit leading a Bakken oil train west over the TL. Not a bad way to spend this Sunday morning!  




CSX Safety Train Reaches More Than 2,000 First Responders on 18-City Tour

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CSX Safety Train Reaches More Than 2,000 First Responders on 18-City Tour

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - December 3, 2014 - CSX's "Safety Train: Energy Preparedness Program" recently completed its 2014 tour, training 2,022 first responders from more than 350 public safety organizations in 18 cities. Using a rolling classroom and rail cars, the program provides firefighters, police officers, emergency management professionals and other first responders with insights on how rail cars work and how to respond to rail-related incidents. The program was offered in partnership with the Firefighters Training and Education Foundation.

"The Safety Train is just one example of CSX's commitment to helping first responders prepare for potential rail-related incidents," said Skip Elliott, vice president, public safety, health and environment, CSX. "In 2014 we expanded our outreach with first responders and emergency personnel to include training specific to crude-oil movements along key routes. Interest from public-safety employees was tremendous and we are happy to have had the chance to partner with so many different agencies."

The 2014 CSX Safety Train: Energy Preparedness Program tour began in Philadelphia in May and made 19 stops in cities along CSX's principal freight routes, ending with a return visit to South Kearny, N.J., November 18-20. Along the way, it has trained first responders in Eddystone, Del.; Garrett and Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Erie, Pa.; Albany, Buffalo, Kingston, New York, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Cleveland and Willard, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; and Charleston, W.Va.

The CSX Safety Train comprises a locomotive, four tank cars, one flat car equipped with a variety of tank-car valves and fittings, two classroom cars and a caboose. CSX hazardous-material specialists lead training sessions with specific instruction on how crude oil and other hazardous materials are shipped. The training and instruction help strengthen CSX's partnership with first responders and provide a higher level of emergency readiness.

"What a huge benefit," said LeeAnn McKay of the Homewood Acres, Ill., Volunteer Fire Department, who participated in Chicago. "You can tell me, but when you show me how to put on the gasket, close the valve and stop the leak-that's what sticks." 

"This is a great opportunity for first responders and the railroad for partnership," said Rob Scharnhorst, fire chief for Riverdale, Ill., who participated in training with a dozen other fire fighters from Riverdale in August.

"This particular training is extremely important to law enforcement because we don't get this at the (police) academy," said Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra, who visited the Safety Train training in Kingston, N.Y. "Now we have a better understanding of what can and can't happen."

The CSX Safety Train is just one of several programs through which CSX offers training and recognition to emergency responders and customers. CSX has reached more than 100,000 first responders over the past six years, through hands-on sessions at training centers operated by CSX and the Association of American Railroads, classroom training at local fire stations, exercises and table-top drills, web-based and self-study training courses and the Safety Train. Also in 2014, CSX hosted more than 90 first responders from 30 communities across the CSX network at crude-by-rail incident response training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Colo.

"Safety is CSX's first priority," said Romano De Simone, CSX director-hazardous materials. "Through training opportunities like the Safety Train, we bring skill- and knowledge-based programs directly to first responders across our network and better equip first responders to make fact-based decisions that protect the public."

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

About the Firefighters Education and Training Foundation
The Firefighters Education and Training Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation based in Springfield, Massachusetts dedicated to providing the necessary equipment and training programs to teach emergency responders, railroad personnel and government officials on how to deal with railroad emergencies. Since it began in 1994, the Foundation has continued to expand its equipment and training to meet the needs of first responders across the United States. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.thesafetytrain.org.

Contact:
Rob Doolittle
rob_doolittle@csx.com
202-626-4939


Friday, December 05, 2014

A cold morning at the Lehigh Line's MP 68...

(Train sightings on 11-28-14.)

...in Bloomsbury (NJ) had me questioning if there would be any trains coming my way this day after Thanksgiving. I soon got my answer when NS 962 announced on my scanner that it was taking the siding at CP 67 to hold for a trio of eastbound intermodals. NS 290 at 10:03 would be the first one past my vantage point with NS 2745 and NS 2657 as its power consist. 



A short time later and NS 212 was thru Bloomsbury with BNSF 4623, BNSF 7875 and NS 9275. The final eastbounder, its symbol was not known, thru Bloomsbury with NS 7678 and NS 8855.



With these eastbounders now clear, 962 (light power move) would then continue its westward trip with CN 2299 in the consist. After that train passed, time for me to head home and thaw out...


CSX CFO REAFFIRMS FOURTH-QUARTER OUTLOOK AND LONGER-TERM PERFORMANCE

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CSX CFO REAFFIRMS FOURTH-QUARTER OUTLOOK AND LONGER-TERM PERFORMANCE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - December 3, 2014 - CSX (NYSE: CSX) is on track to deliver fourth-quarter financial results similar to the levels achieved in the third quarter, as service remains stable in the midst of the fall peak and the beginning of strong winter weather conditions in the Northeast, Chief Financial Officer Fredrik Eliasson told investors and analysts at the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference today in New York.

"Fourth-quarter volume is tracking at the level we expected, and we are seeing strength across nearly all markets we serve," Eliasson said. "Longer term, we remain focused on the three key levers that deliver superior shareholder value: pricing above inflation, driving ever more efficient operations and growing our merchandise and intermodal businesses faster than the economy by developing new customers on our network, investing in our intermodal business and leveraging the benefits of the new energy environment."

Service excellence for customers is the foundation of CSX's ability to leverage those key drivers, Eliasson said, which is why CSX is making critical resource investments to restore service to previous record levels and position the company to capitalize on the long-term growth opportunities that exist across nearly the company's entire business mix. The company continues to expect to produce double-digit earnings growth and margin expansion in 2015 as it progresses toward a mid-60s operating ratio.

Investors can visit http://investors.csx.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=92932&p=irol-irhome for more information about CSX's financial performance.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

CP 2014 Holiday Train in Scranton

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary Jr.  Text and photos are his.

What could possibly be the last CP Holiday Train in Scranton, PA started its 
cross country today.  Here are a few images of the event.

















Saturday, November 29, 2014

NJT's Raritan Yard; 1902

(Train sightings circa 1902.)

In an undated photograph, CNJ's 632 (a 4-6-0) shuffles a tank car around in what is now NJ Transit's Raritan facility. Built by Baldwin, this was one of the five Camelbacks that was found on CNJ's locomotive roster back then.



CSX Among Top 10 Most Military-Friendly Employers for Seventh Consecutive Year

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CSX Among Top 10 Most Military-Friendly Employers for Seventh Consecutive Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - November 25, 2014 - CSX was recognized as the sixth-most military-friendly employer on G.I. Jobs' 2015 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers ranking today, and the second-most military-friendly employer in the transportation industry. This is the seventh consecutive year that CSX has been among the top 10 employers on the list.

"U.S. military veterans with strong backgrounds in team environments, safety practices and leadership skills excel in helping CSX serve its customers," said Michael J. Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer. "CSX is proud to support and employ the men and women who have defended and protected our nation."

This recognition celebrates CSX's ongoing commitment to support the U.S. military and its veterans. More than one in five CSX employees have served in the armed forces and 27 percent of the company's new employees in 2014 have military experience.

Since 2006, G.I. Jobs has issued an annual ranking of businesses based on veteran recruiting practices. The publication examines more than 5,000 American businesses with more than $500 million in annual revenues. Out of these eligible members, only two percent make the annual ranking. G.I. Jobs ranks each company by weighted factors, including long-term commitments to hire veterans, specialized military recruiting programs and supportive policies for reserve member employment while off duty.

To view the full list of G.I. Jobs' 2015 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, please visit http://militaryfriendly.com/.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Rob Doolittle
rob_doolittle@csx.com
202-626-4939


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunday color on CSX's Trenton Line...

(Train sightings on 11/23/14.)

...had me wondering if I was really along CSX's Trenton Line at MP 56 in Manville (NJ) on Sunday morning around 11:30 with all the variety that can be seen in this image. CSX K-038 heads west down the TL with BNSF 929 (Built: 9/93) and CP 9581 (Built: 10/95) serving as the motive power. Both of those units are showing their years of service with well-worn paint. Off to the left can be seen six Metro North cars coupled up to a CSX eastbound mixed freight that was holding in the Manville yard. This location is what was once the site of the Manville's Reading station.





CSX CTO Highlights Operational Resilience and Winter Resource Planning

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CSX CTO Highlights Operational Resilience and Winter Resource Planning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - November 21, 2014 - CSX (NYSE: CSX) is positioning itself to continue delivering strong financial results by balancing stabilized service levels, improving efficiency and continued growth opportunities, Chief Transportation Officer Cindy Sanborn told an industry audience today at the annual RailTrends conference in New York City.

"CSX is committed to delivering Service Excellence for its customers, which reinforces our strategy of driving the company's ability to grow faster than the economy, pricing above inflation and producing ever more efficient operations," Sanborn said. "CSX is working to put the right people and resources in the right places, combined with process improvements and increased communication with our peers, to serve the broad-based growth we continue to see across nearly all markets that we serve."

As customer demand continues to rise, CSX network performance remains stable, with key indicators including on-time originations and arrivals holding steady in the fourth quarter as compared to the previous two quarters.

"We are working around the clock to further improve operations at a steady pace into 2015 even as we handle the traditional fall peak and record grain harvest," Sanborn said.

To facilitate that improvement, CSX is adding additional locomotives, hiring new train crew employees, accelerating capacity projects and adjusting operating processes. Fluidity in Chicago remains a top priority for CSX and its peer railroads. CSX is using infrastructure improvements to help ease congestion while also improving coordination with other railroads in Chicago. These resources and process adjustments will support fluidity and growth, preserving the flexibility to drive long-term asset utilization improvements.

At the same time, CSX is making additional process changes to help reduce potential winter weather impacts. Increasing preparation in conjunction with customers, deployment of additional weather preparation and response equipment, and formal contingency plans for routing, capacity and inventory management are all complete or underway.

On the strength of this multi-faceted plan to improve fluidity, serve growth opportunities and drive long-term asset utilization, the company continues to expect fourth quarter earnings per share growth at a similar level as it achieved in the third quarter. CSX remains confident in its ability to deliver double digit earnings growth and margin expansion in 2015 as it progresses toward a mid-60s operating ratio over the longer term.

More information about CSX's network performance plan is available at http://www.csx.com/index.cfm/customers/service-overview/. Investors can visit http://investors.csx.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=92932&p=irol-irhome for more information about CSX's financial performance.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NS and the D & H propose rail line transaction to support rail service and the economy in the Northeast

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Nov. 17, 2014

Norfolk Southern and the Delaware & Hudson propose rail line transaction to support rail service and the economy in the Northeast

NORFOLK, VA., and CALGARY, ALBERTA - Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) and the Delaware & Hudson Railway Co. (D&H), a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway  (CP) today announced a proposed transaction under which NS would acquire 282.55 miles of D&H rail line between Sunbury, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y. The $217 million sale, subject to approval by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, would benefit customers, competition, and jobs in the northeastern United States.

"Acquiring this portion of the D&H provides for more efficient rail transportation system by consolidating freight operations with a single carrier," said NS CEO Wick Moorman. "Aligning the D&H track with Norfolk Southern's 22-state network allows us to connect businesses in central Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England with domestic and international markets while enhancing the region's competitive rail and surface transportation market."

The lines to be acquired connect with NS' network at Sunbury, Pa., and Binghamton, N.Y., and would give NS single-line routes from Chicago and the southeastern United States to Albany, N.Y., and NS' recently built Mechanicville, N.Y., intermodal terminal. NS also would gain an enhanced connection to its joint venture subsidiary Pan Am Southern, which services New England markets. Additionally, NS would acquire D&H's car shop in Binghamton along with other facilities along the corridor.

(see map below)  

"As we have stated in recent months, we've been in the process of negotiating the final details for the potential sale of the southern portion of our D&H line," said CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison. "We are pleased to find a prospective buyer in Norfolk Southern."

As part of the transaction, NS would retain and modify overhead trackage rights on the line between Schenectady, Crescent, and Mechanicville, N.Y., as well as Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The D&H would retain local access to serve customers in Schenectady and would maintain its access to shippers in Buffalo.

NS intends to retain its current employees and offer employment to about 150 D&H employees currently working in this area. Any adversely affected employees will be entitled to standard labor protections.

"This acquisition would preserve good-paying railroad jobs and set the stage for economic growth," said John Friedmann, NS vice president of strategic planning. "Absent this transaction and its efficiencies, we are concerned that rail service along much of New York's Southern Tier would be threatened with losing a crucial link to New England."

NS has submitted an application for the transaction to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. The rail companies are proposing a schedule that would lead to approval during the second quarter of 2015.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to NS' proposed acquisition of a portion of D&H's rail line, CP's and NS' operations, priorities and plans, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, planned capital expenditures, programs and strategies. These forward-looking statements also include, but are not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance. Forward-looking statements may contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan" or similar words suggesting future outcomes.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance. Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that the acquisition will be completed within the anticipated time frame or at all or that the expected benefits of the acquisition will be realized. By their nature, CP's and NS' forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following factors: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the agreement between CP and NS; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against CP or NS and others following announcement of this agreement; the inability to complete the acquisition due to the failure to satisfy the conditions to the acquisition; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; the ability to recognize the benefits of the acquisition; legislative, regulatory and economic developments, including regulation of rates; changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; inflation; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; labor disputes and potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the acquisition; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions; various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes as well as security threats and governmental responses thereto, and technological changes. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

These and/or other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States and in reports filed by NS with the SEC.   Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CP's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F. Reference should also be made to NS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.   Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections and it is possible that predictions,  forecasts, projections, and other forms of forward-looking statements will not be achieved by CP or NS or will be delayed or materially altered.   Except as required by law, CP and NS undertake no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Dave Pidgeon, 717-541-2247 (david.pidgeon@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Katie Cook, 757-629-2861 (katie.cook@nscorp.com)


CP Contacts:

(Media) Martin Cej, 403-512-5730 (martin_cej@cpr.ca)
(Investors) Nadeem Velani, 403-319-6170 (Nadeem_velani@cpr.ca





For the CP version of this announcement, please see the following web site: 


CSX CFO to Address Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference

Received the following via email.

CSX Corporation Chief Financial Officer to Address Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - November 19, 2014 - Fredrik Eliasson, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference in New York City, Wednesday, December 3, at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time.

Access to the webcast will be accessible through http://investors.csx.com.  A replay and accompanying audio will be available following the conclusion of this event. 

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702


Thursday, November 20, 2014

3 ARE cars in NJ

Received the following via email dated Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:47. 

three American Railway Explorer cars just passed Budd Lake on the NS local to Dover.  Possible move to the m&e?

From their web site: 
The American Railway Explorer is a collection of three Los Angeles based luxury charter railcars, the finest private railcars in America. The railcars travel linked to regularly scheduled Amtrak trains.

http://www.americanrailwayexplorer.com/



NS Service Alert - Extreme Lake Effect Snow in Buffalo Area

Received the following via email. 

Service Alert - Extreme Lake Effect Snow in Buffalo Area

Norfolk Southern operations have been impacted by extreme lake effect snow in the Buffalo, NY area.  Record setting snowfall, road conditions, and road closures have curtailed Norfolk Southern operations in and around the Buffalo area.  Customers with rail traffic destined to or originating in the Buffalo area will see a disruption of service over the next few days.  Shipments normally moving through western New York will be detoured over other routes, likely resulting in additional transit time with 24-48 hour delays.

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center.

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.
Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273. 

Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative.

Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NS Engineering Maintenance - Week of November 24th

Received the following via email. 

Service Alert - Engineering Maintenance - Week of November 24th

Norfolk Southern plans to conduct two Engineering projects before, and possibly through, the Thanksgiving holidays.  Beginning Monday, Nov 24th, Engineering will begin a project just outside of Elkhart, IN.  Simultaneously, another Engineering project will be between Columbus and Portsmouth, OH.  Customers with railcars moving through these areas should expect to see 12 to 24 hours in additional transit time.

Our Operations and Service Support Center will contact local customers to confirm needed service over the holiday weekend. Customers may also contact their Operations and Service Support or National Customer Service Center regarding questions on specific shipments or local service requirements. The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS. 

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center.

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.
Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273. 

Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative.

Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296.


NS 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday Operations

Received the following via email.

2014 Thanksgiving Holiday Operations

Norfolk Southern plans to operate scheduled train service and other rail operations over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Some unit train operations and local service may be reduced depending on customer operations.

Our Operations and Service Support Center will contact local customers to confirm needed service over the holiday weekend. Customers may also contact their Operations and Service Support or National Customer Service Center regarding questions on specific shipments or local service requirements. The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS. 

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center.

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.
Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273. 

Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative.

Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296.


Monday, November 17, 2014

A lovely group of ALCO power

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his.

Question: Where in the world can you get a C-420, and RS-3, and a pair of C / M636's working together on the same train?

Answer: On the Delaware Lackawanna, John!!!








CSX CFO Reiterates Expectations and Strategy for Long-Term Value Creation

Received the following via email. 

CSX CFO Reiterates Expectations and Strategy for Long-Term Value Creation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - November 12, 2014 - CSX (NYSE: CSX) has taken a number of actions to overcome the transition in the energy markets in recent years, emerging a stronger company that is better positioned to capitalize on momentum across nearly all the markets it serves, Chief Financial Officer Fredrik Eliasson told investors and analysts at the Baird Global Industrials Conference today in Chicago.

"CSX's future is built on the continued execution of our core strategy, which means enhancing our ability to grow faster than the economy, price above inflation, make strategic investments and produce ever more efficient operations to continue delivering superior shareholder value," Eliasson said. "The foundation of that strategy is service excellence, and we are putting the resources in place now to deliver strong service to continue creating sustainable value for our customers and shareholders."

CSX's record third quarter financial results highlight the value created by executing that core strategy, while continuing to build on the company's track record of success through the energy transition. By focusing on inflation-plus pricing and efficient operations, CSX is better positioned to capitalize on continued economic momentum and develop new customers on its network. The company expects fourth quarter earnings per share growth to be similar to the level achieved in the third quarter. CSX remains confident in its ability to deliver double digit earnings growth and margin expansion in 2015 as it progresses toward a mid-60s operating ratio over the longer term.

Investors can visit http://investors.csx.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=92932&p=irol-irhome for more information about CSX's financial performance.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX
) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Not an ideal way to spend New Year's Eve!

(Train sightings on 12-31-86.) 

New Year's Eve in 1986 finds this Middletown & Hummelstown RR crew positioning a tank car at the Manley-Regan Chemical Company in Middletown (PA) on a blustery day that made the temperature seem colder than it was. M&H 1 is ex-Army 65 tonner 7272 and was built by GE in August 1941 in Schenectady (NY).





By the dawn's early light...

Received the following from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photo are his.

On the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, one has to pause and reflect on the goodness that still abounds in this great country.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Morristown & Erie's 1984 Excursion to Jim Thorpe (PA)

(Train sightings on 10-14-84.)

Thirty years ago on October 14, 1984 Morristown & Erie's 16 (C430), 17 (C430)and 18 (C424) lead its fourteen car consist through Weiders Crossing (PA) on its way to Jim Thorpe. It had departed from Hoboken (NJ) around 9 AM and was scheduled to return at 9 PM. The excursion would lay over in Jim Thorpe for approximately three hours so that passengers could take in the festivities of annual fall festival that was taking place in town. As for the fare, it was $44.00 per person in coach.




CSX Concludes Racketeering and Fraud Litigation Against Asbestos Lawyers

Received the following via email. 

CSX Concludes Racketeering and Fraud Litigation Against Asbestos Lawyers

Jury's RICO and Fraud Verdict Stands $7.3 million to be Paid by Defendants and Donated to CSX Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2014) - CSX Transportation today announced that it has resolved the final stages of its racketeering and fraud lawsuit against asbestos attorneys Robert N. Peirce Jr. and Louis A. Raimond, and radiologist Dr. Ray Harron. As part of the settlement, the West Virginia jury's verdict stands and CSX will be paid $7.3 million to satisfy the trial court judgment entered against the lawyers and doctor on September 25, 2013, and in resolution of disputed motions for attorney fees and costs.

CSX brought civil RICO and fraud claims against the defendants on July 5, 2007, alleging that they conspired to manufacture and litigate fraudulent asbestos claims against the company. In December 2012, a jury agreed and awarded CSX approximately $429,000 in damages - an amount later tripled to $1.3 million by the trial court judge as required by the federal racketeering statute. Those damages and legal fees totaled $7.3 million.

Prior to this settlement, the judgment had been on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va. That appeal is to be dismissed, leaving the jury's findings and resulting judgment undisturbed.

"We sincerely thank the jury and the judges. They acknowledged that fraud in injury claims degrades the U.S. system and makes it harder for truly injured persons to be treated fairly," said Ellen M. Fitzsimmons, executive vice president, law and public affairs, CSX. "These funds will be donated to the CSX Foundation, where they will be dedicated to philanthropic efforts serving CSX's communities."

The CSX Foundation supports Beyond our Rails (beyondourrails.org), a shared effort between CSX and its employees to advance safety, wellness, environmental and community-based initiatives that seek to improve the well-being of the people and places CSX serves.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at ww.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Melanie Cost
904-359-1702



Sunday, November 09, 2014

2014 Symposium is ON!! Come one ..come all

Received the following from Kermit Geary, Jr.
Also see posting on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Two groups…. ….one mission!
Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley 
&
Lehigh Valley Chapter, NRHS

The Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Chapter, NRHS proudly announce the first annual Railroad Symposium on Saturday November 15th, 2014
at the Northampton Community Center, 1601 Laubach Ave, Northampton, PA 18067.

Cutoff date for mail registration will be November 5th, 2014, Payments will be available at the door, but banquet space will not be guaranteed.

Agenda: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM : Registration
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM : Display Tables and Vendor Area open
8:30 AM RHLV-LVC Business Meeting
Presenters : Mike Bednar, James Rowland, Richard Samsel and others to be announced.
Cost per person: $45.00 includes Registration, Continental Breakfast, Refreshments, and Noon banquet.  

ALL ARE WELCOME … RHLV / NRHS membership NOT required for attendance. Plenty of FREE parking on site.
Vendors: Table Space Available at $20.00 per table. Call 610-428-7629 to reserve a table.
***Vendors MUST also pay $45.00 registration fee***
Display and Vendor area is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
NAME: ________________________________________ Phone: __________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________
Registration(s) _________ @ $45.00 per person = $ _________________________
Vendor Table(s) __________@ $20.00 per table = $ _________________________
Grand Total ___________attendees $ _________________________
Please include this form with payment (Checks made out to Lehigh Valley Chapter) and mail to:
Lehigh Valley Chapter, NRHS C/O Kermit Geary, Jr. 1266 Riverview Drive Walnutport, PA 18088
ENVELOPE MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 5TH, 2014

CONTACT KGJR1554@EARTHLINK.NET or 610-428-7629 FOR MORE INFORMATION