Thursday, October 30, 2014

Railroad Symposium reminder

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.

Just a friendly reminder that the cut-off for reservations is November 5th, 2014. Only 13 tickets sold so far. If I don't get at least 30 by the cut-off, the event may be cancelled, and NEVER run again. 


The Railroad Historians of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Chapter, NRHS proudly announce the first annual Railroad Symposium on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  

Presenters include:  Mike Bednar (Railroaders), James Rowland (L&HR in CR Era), Richard Samsel (CNJ), Richard Bach (Ironton), and others to be announced.

Flyer and registration form below.  Click on the flyer to see it full size.  Then use your browser's BACK button to return here. 



Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it SNOW!!!!!!!

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

Been spending the last week recuperating from my recent hospital experience
in front of my scanner, reliving life 30 years ago.  At that time I had a
job with a Safety Shoe Company whose exclusive contracts were with CR, D&H,
N&W, Seaboard System, Chessie System, and BN. 

I never had a chance to do the BN contract, but I did the others.  Twice a
year, I would cover most of the territory of the railroad, camera in hand.
Thankfully film was cheap then because I was going through 2-300 rolls a
year!!!  So, now, 30 years later I reflect on all those images that I saw
and photographed.  From time to time, I will send some out if there is any
interest in this older stuff. 

Tonight the subject is snow removal.  With the change of season and the
rapid loss of color in the Eastern PA area, one can only foretell of white
things to come.  I came across this home-made wedge plow in Danville, IL.
L&N had rebuilt it from a old heavyweight passenger car.  All I can say is I
hope you get the "point"!!!!! 



Monday, October 27, 2014

Additional 'One-Seat' Ride Service in Jeopardy - RVRC to Hold Special Open House Oct. 27

Received the following via email. 

Additional 'One-Seat' Ride Service in Jeopardy -
RVRC to Hold Special Open House Oct. 27
                                                                                             
CRANFORD - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) will hold a special open house meeting on Monday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. to update the public on the issues surrounding the "one-seat" ride initiative.  

 NJ Transit's decision last week to not roll out the after-8-p.m.-weekday "one-seat" service as planned has brought this issue to the forefront. 

 RVRC is a non-profit, bi-partisan advocacy group that was established in 1998 primarily to advocate for a "one-seat" ride into NYC Penn Station for the Raritan Valley Rail Line.  Some progress has been made with the partial deployment of dual-powered locomotives during weekday off-peak, but budget constraints were cited by NJ TRANSIT as the reason no further deployment would be made this year. 

 The special Oct. 27 meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., designed to accommodate commuters, will be held at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave., one block from the train station.  A representative from NJ Transit will be present along with Coalition members to update the public regarding service along the line.  The session will give the public the opportunity to ask questions, get information and share ideas. 

 "In light of recent developments, it is critical that residents, commuters and businesses attend this meeting and make their voices heard," said Somerset County Freeholder and RVRC Chairman Peter S. Palmer.  "The meeting is open to everyone from every town on the Raritan Valley Line. Elected officials and NJ Transit need to hear how important the 'one-seat' ride is to everyone along this line." 

 "The Freeholder Board is determined to work with NJ Transit to overcome this temporary setback and restore the funding to keep moving forward," said Union County Freeholder and RVRC Trustee Bette Jane Kowalski.  "The cost of expanding one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line is very low, and the payback is enormous in terms of economic development, improved property values, and the productivity of our commuting workforce. Please come out and have your voice be heard." 

 Visit the Coalition's website at www.raritanvalleyrail.com or find the organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/raritanvalleyrail?ref=hl 


 For further information, contact Mindy Scarlett at 908-499-9298 or info@raritanvalleyrail.com 


Another PA and NY road trip is in the books!

(Train sightings on 10-8-14 and 10-12-14.) 

...and a very enjoyable one it was at that. Having a week's vacation, I decided to head out to Columbia and try for that elusive (at least for me!) COLA Tower image. Unfortunately during my time spent at COLA Tower, there were no trains. However the trains were running at Hershey and Elizabethtown on October 8. In E-Town, I managed to photograph Amtrak's Keystone Service Train 645 making its 3 PM stop at the station. Since renovations have been completed, this station rates high in my book as one of the more photogenic stations to be seen in a small town.




From there I was off to Hershey where I caught NS 33A, a Allentown to Baltimore mixed manifest, passing by Hershey Park's roller coasters. Tucked in a few cars behind the motive power was an NS Scale Car. As for that motive power consist, it was NS 8333, UP 9366, NS 2694, NS 3014 and NS 712.




Coming back from Youngstown (NY) on Sunday, my wife and I made a brief stop in Kirkwood, NY and saw seven Susquehanna diesels sitting on the siding adjacent to the Frito-Lay factory. Our time here though was limited since we still had that long drive home...




Friday, October 24, 2014

Last Weekend for The Great Pumpkin Train

Received the following via email from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg, NJ. 


The
                                    Delaware River Railroad Excursions
LAST WEEKEND FOR 2014
DON'T MISS THE
GREAT PUMPKIN TRAIN

This fall has been amazing! We have been blessed with warm weather and sunny weekends.
This weekend will be no exception, in the mid 60's and mostly sunny!
Come ride the LAST WEEKEND of the Great Pumpkin Train.
Take a look at the link below, we made the list of the top five things to do in New Jersey this weekend!
 
Sadly after Sunday our Steam Locomotive will be put away for the year, until next May!
Come enjoy the last weekend of Steam on the Delaware River Railroad Excursions for 2014 and the last weekend of The Great Pumpkin Train!
buy tickets for The Great Pumpkin Train
The Pumpkin Patch
 Our beautiful pumpkin patch sits in front of Lime Kilns from the 1700's
Last Weekend In 2014 For The
Warren County Winery Train
Harvest season is drawing to an end. Don't miss the last weekend of the Warren Country Winery Train for 2014!

  Your Journey
After a Steam Train ride along the Delaware and a short bus ride through rolling farmlands, you will arrive at Villa Milagro Vineyards (www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com) .
 There you will learn how grapes are grown and made into wine.  Then you will sample their delicious wines and have an opportunity to purchase them at the source.  If you would like to enjoy your wine with a picnic, bring a lunch and relax at tables in tree groves at the Ol'Susquehanna Mine and Corn Maze or at the station in Phillipsburg.  You are welcome to detrain at the Mine and spend as much time as you like relaxing in the picnic grove then catch a later train.
buy tickets for the Winery Train

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the tips or deals. We can be reached at 877trainride.com
 
Sincerely,
 
Chris Cotty
General Manager
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions



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NYSME's Swap Meet - AND - A New METCA Division Car!

Received the following via email.


This Saturday - NYSME's Annual Swap Meet

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Joseph's School Auditorium 120 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford, NJ

Vendor Tables and Swap Meet
NYSME will be hosting its Annual Swap Meet Saturday, October 25th. 2014. This is our 17th. year hosting this event at St. Joseph's School Auditorium. Vendors will be selling trains, structures, books, kits, electronics, and other railroad memorabilia items.

All train items will be welcomed. General Admission is $5, wives and children are free! For those interest in taking a table, the first table is $20, additional ones $15. You do not have to be a dealer to take a table. Thin out your collection. See: www.ModelEngineers.org for additional details Hope to see you there.

And a New Division Car from METCA!
The METCA 2015 Weaver NYC Piggyback
As a companion to the TCA 2015 National Convention Car, METCA Division is offering 2 variations. Our Division versions have different color flatcars (black and red) and different road numbers (499061 and 499054) than the National version. All 3 make a great looking set or unit train. Production is expected to be approximately 50 to 75 pieces each, depending on pre-orders (much less than National's version). Available exclusively from METCA Division.


NS reports third-quarter 2014 results

Received the following via email.

Oct. 22, 2014

Norfolk Southern reports third-quarter 2014 results

NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern reported third-quarter net income of $559 million, 16 percent higher than $482 million for the same period of 2013. Diluted earnings per share were $1.79, up 17 percent compared with $1.53 per diluted share in the same period last year.

"Norfolk Southern reported another record-setting quarter during which we achieved our best third-quarter results in revenues, operating income, net income, earnings per share, and operating ratio," said CEO Wick Moorman. "Higher traffic volumes along with continued gains in productivity drove these excellent results. We remain focused on ensuring we can support continued demand for freight rail transportation by hiring additional employees, investing in new equipment, and completing capacity projects in order to provide our customers with the freight rail service they expect today and in the future."

Third-Quarter Results Set Quarterly Records

·        Railway operating revenues increased 7 percent to $3.0 billion.
·         Income from railway operations improved 18 percent to $998 million.
·         Net income increased 16 percent to $559 million.
·         Diluted earnings per share rose 17 percent to $1.79.
·        The railway operating ratio improved 4 percent to 67.0 percent.

Third-quarter railway operating revenues climbed 7 percent compared with the same period of 2013 to top $3.0 billion for a second consecutive quarter as growth in the merchandise and intermodal markets offset a weaker coal market.

Third-Quarter Revenue by Commodity Group

·         Intermodal                       $667 million, up 10 percent
·         Coal                                  $626 million, down 2 percent
·         Chemicals                        $488 million, up 14 percent
·        Metals/Construction       $414 million, up 11 percent
·         Agriculture                      $364 million, up 5 percent
·         Automotive                      $254 million, up 12 percent
·         Paper/Forest                    $210 million, up 3 percent

General merchandise revenues reached $1.7 billion, a 10 percent increase compared with the third quarter of 2013, driven by volume gains in all markets, with particular strength in chemicals, automotive, metals and construction, and agriculture.

Intermodal revenues increased to $667 million, 10 percent higher compared with third-quarter 2013. Volume rose 10 percent, fueled by robust growth in both international and domestic markets.

Coal revenues declined 2 percent to $626 million in the third quarter compared with the same period of 2013. A weak global export market and mild weather and lower natural gas prices in the utility market combined to decrease volume by 2 percent.

Railway operating expenses were $2.0 billion, 3 percent higher compared with third-quarter 2013, largely due to costs associated with higher business volumes.

Income from railway operations was $998 million, 18 percent higher compared with third-quarter 2013.

The railway operating ratio, or operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, was 67.0 percent, a 4 percent improvement compared with 69.9 percent during the same period of 2013.

Norfolk Southern Corporation 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.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:
(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Katie Cook, 757-629-2861 (InvestorRelations@nscorp.com)



NS declares quarterly dividend

Received the following via email.

Oct. 21, 2014

Norfolk Southern declares quarterly dividend

NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern Corporation today announced the regular quarterly dividend of 57 cents per share on its common stock, payable on Dec. 10, to stockholders of record on Nov. 7.

Since its inception in 1982, Norfolk Southern has paid dividends on its common stock for 129 consecutive quarters.

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.

###


Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Katie Cook, 757-629-2861 (InvestorRelations@nscorp.com)



Thursday, October 23, 2014

CSX Celebrates Future of Intermodal Transportation at Central Florida ILC Grand Opening

Received the following via email.

CSX Celebrates Future of Intermodal Transportation at Central Florida ILC Grand Opening

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (October 16, 2014) - CSX (NYSE:CSX), along with federal, state and local officials, today celebrated the grand opening of the new Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center (ILC) in Winter Haven. The facility, which began operations earlier this year, provides a centralized hub for transportation, logistics and distribution serving Orlando, Tampa and other regional Florida markets.

"The Central Florida ILC is the result of strategic collaboration between the City of Winter Haven, numerous state and local partners and CSX to create jobs and further strengthen Florida's transportation system," said Michael Ward, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at CSX. "CSX is proud to invest in this important development in our home state that will help to drive Florida's economy and position the state for continued growth in the future."

More than 200 people attended today's event including U.S. Congressmen Daniel Webster and Tom Rooney and officials from the City of Winter Haven, Polk County Board of County Commissioners, the Florida Legislature, and others.

"The Central Florida ILC is a game changer for Winter Haven not only because of the opening of the state-of-the-art terminal, but because of the economic development potential this project represents," said Winter Haven Mayor Nathaniel Birdsong.  "Winter Haven is now a partner in the freight distribution industry, and is in the position to serve as an inland port for the global entry of goods and merchandise in Florida.  We are proud to be the home of such an extensive project, which sets the stage for tremendous growth in the Polk County region."

The 318-acre intermodal terminal has capacity to process up to 300,000 containers a year and is designed for scalable expansion as freight volumes continue to grow. The terminal incorporates advanced environmentally-friendly technology including three high-powered electric cranes, solar panels and high mast exterior lighting to maximize energy efficiency.

"The value of Florida's transportation system is in the seamless connectivity between its many modes," said Clarence Gooden, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at CSX. "This terminal is a model for how Florida's transportation modes work together collectively for the good of customers and the communities we serve."

The terminal is surrounded by 930 acres that are being developed in phases to build up to 7.9 million square feet of warehouse distribution centers and light industrial facilities. In July, Winter Haven Industrial Investors LLC purchased more than 500 acres of the adjoining property for phase one of this development, which is expected to bring thousands of jobs to the area and support the freight transportation needs of customers throughout the region.

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:
Kristin Seay
904-359-3442



Maryland & Delaware passenger specials

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

Received some intel from a good friend (and fellow ARHS director) that the Maryland & Delaware would be operating the once-a-year train ride for the Hurlock, MD festival.  Started making plans to head down there, amidst the forecasts of heavy rain and clouds for Saturday (10-4-14).  After watching the radar for a while, I was convinced that it should clear out for some photos.

Called and convinced my good friend, James Benetsky, to go down.  We set off on Saturday morning driving through belts of heavy rain. We arrived at Hurlock, MD just as the last clouds pulled away and left us with brilliant sunshine and not a cloud around!  As Tom Nemeth would exclaim....100% CIF.

They ran five trips between Hurlock and Federalsburg, MD which were sold out.  The cars are owned by the Town of Hurlock and the train was staffed by the able folks at the Wilmington Chapter, NRHS.

A BIG thank you to all who made this trip possible and providing an enjoyable time for all!















Friday, October 17, 2014

Railroad Operations Presentation

Received the following via email.

Railroad Operations Presentation
 
You are invited!
And, Feel free to pass this on to others.
 
The Oldest Model Railroad Club in America
The New York Society of Model Engineers will be hosting a Presentation / Symposium covering Railroad Operations.

The Symposium will begin with a digital slide presentation on rail operations presented by noted rail historian Rich Taylor and retired New Jersey Transit  Trainmaster Jim Mardiguian.

This will be followed by an open discussion on railroad operations.
We are expecting at least five active and retired professional railroaders who will discuss real life rail operations with a historic leaning and a little bit of humor.

Questions from the audience are expected and welcomed.

This is planned to be a real learning experience on railroads and their operation.
  
Date & Time: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00pm

Location: Rutherford Ambulance Corps Meeting Room  
                 44 Ames Ave., Rutherford, NJ

There is a parking lot directly across the street or if you
come by train, one block from the Rutherford Train Station.
 
Additional Details:  www.ModelEngineers.org
 
Admission: FREE
 
The location is only 1 mile from the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Giants Stadium.
 
 
Founded in the early part of the 20th. Century and incorporated in 1926, the New York Society of Model Engineers is the oldest model railroad club in the United States and possibly the world. Located within our 5,000 square foot building are two large model train layouts, "HO" and "O" scale, a fully equipped machine shop and large library. The Society is located at 341 Hoboken Road , Carlstadt , NJ less then 1 mile from Giants Stadium.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in model trains or just trains.

 

A Perfect NJ Fall Weekend Ahead- Ride The Great Pumpkin Train This Weekend!

Received the following via email from the Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ.

`
IT'S GOING TO BE A PERFECT FALL WEEKEND!
Saturday a high of 65 and SUNNY
Sunday a high of 59 and MOSTLY SUNNY
IT'S PERFECT PUMPKIN PICKING WEATHER
Ride The Great Pumpkin Train
This Weekend!
877trainride.com
 
Upcoming Events

Ride The Great Pumpkin Train This Weekend!

Ride our steam train through the beautiful fall landscape of Western New Jersey. Take the train to the pumpkin patch located in a little glade in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns dating from the 1700's.
Once we arrive at the Pumpkin Patch everyone is welcome to get off the train and EVERY CHILD can pick their own pumpkin (one) for FREE. 
For more family fun add
the CORN MAZE & OLE' SUSQUEHANNA MINING COMPANY (for an additional charge) experience to your Pumpkin Train ride!
trains leave 11 AM, 12:30, 2 ,OR 3:30 Saturdays or Sundays.
NEW
Now play miniature golf at the mine! It's only $3.00 per person and you can purchase at the mine office!


 
The Warren County Winery Train
Your Journey
After a Steam Train ride along the Delaware and a short bus ride through rolling farmlands, you will arrive at Villa Milagro Vineyards (www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com) .
 There you will learn how grapes are grown and made into wine.  Then you will sample their delicious wines and have an opportunity to purchase them at the source.  If you would like to enjoy your wine with a picnic, bring a lunch and relax at tables in tree groves at the Ol'Susquehanna Mine and Corn Maze or at the station in Phillipsburg.  You are welcome to detrain at the Mine and spend as much time as you like relaxing in the picnic grove then catch a later train.






Amtrak Train Ride over former Reading rails

Received the following via email.

AMTRAK TRAIN RIDE!!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Philadelphia to Harrisburg and return

over former Reading rails not used for passengers in over 30 years

Travel over the “high line” in Philadelphia, through Pottstown, 
downtown Reading, Lebanon, Hershey

Tickets available exclusively from Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

$145 each from Philadelphia 30th St. Station

$175 includes bus from Reading

To reserve your seat, call 215-721-3006 or jgreene@netcarrier.com


First come, first served!  Tickets are limited.


CSX Corporation Announces Record Third-Quarter Results

Received the following via email.

CSX Corporation Announces Record Third-Quarter Results

Highlights:
- Record third-quarter results for revenue, operating income, net earnings and EPS
- Operating income increased 16 percent and operating ratio improved 220 basis points
- Modest earnings growth expected for full-year 2014, with double-digit earnings growth and margin expansion expected in 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - October 14, 2014 - CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced record third quarter net earnings of $509 million, or $0.51 per share, up from net earnings of $455 million, or $0.45 per share, in the same period last year. This performance was supported by volume increases of 7 percent, with broad-based growth across nearly all markets CSX serves.

"As the economy continues to expand, the company's record third-quarter results are built on the foundation of CSX's network reach, sustainable growth opportunities, and the efforts of our 31,000 employees," said Michael J. Ward, president, chairman and chief executive officer. "At the same time, we are focused on the execution of our core strategy.  That 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."

Revenue of $3.2 billion, an 8 percent increase over the same period last year, is evidence of CSX's ability to leverage the continued economic momentum that is driving strength across nearly all markets CSX serves, coupled with secular growth trends in the intermodal and energy markets.  With the high level of demand and operations that remained stable, the company produced operating income of $976 million and an operating ratio of 69.7 percent.

On the strength of this performance, CSX expects to sustain double-digit earnings growth and margin expansion in 2015, and continues to target a mid-60s operating ratio longer term.

CSX executives will conduct a quarterly earnings conference call with the investment community on October 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-EARN-CSX (888-327-6279) and asking for the CSX earnings call. Callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199. Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call. In conjunction with the call, a live webcast will be accessible and presentation materials will be posted on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com. Following the earnings call, an internet replay of the presentation will be archived on the company website.

This earnings announcement, as well as additional detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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).

Forward-looking Statements
This information and other statements by the company may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act with respect to, among other items: projections and estimates of earnings, revenues, margins, volumes, rates, cost-savings, expenses, taxes, liquidity, capital expenditures, dividends, share repurchases or other financial items, statements of management's plans, strategies and objectives for future operations, and management's expectations as to future performance and operations and the time by which objectives will be achieved, statements concerning proposed new services, and statements regarding future economic, industry or market conditions or performance. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "preliminary" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the c
ompany undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement. If the company updates any forward-looking statement, no inference should be drawn that the company will make additional updates with respect to that statement or any other forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual performance or results could differ materially from that anticipated by any forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements include, among others; (i) the company's success in implementing its financial and operational initiatives; (ii) changes in domestic or international economic, political or business conditions, including those affecting the transportation industry (such as the impact of industry competition, conditions, performance and consolidation); (iii) legislative or regulatory changes; (iv) the inherent business risks associated with safety and security; (v) the outcome of claims and litigation involving or affecting the company; (vi) natural events such as severe weather conditions or pandemic health crises; and (vii) the inherent uncertainty associated with projecting economic and busin
ess conditions.

Other important assumptions and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are specified in the company's SEC reports, accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the company's website at www.csx.com.

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

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
904-359-1702



Monday, October 13, 2014

The New Jersey Layout Design/Operations SIG and RPM Meet!


The New Jersey 
Layout Design/Operations SIG and RPM Meet!


October 25th and 26th, 2014 

The Union County Vocational-Technical School 
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Saturday October 25 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

A day of presentations focused on model railroad layout design and operations. Several of the region's top model railroaders will discuss their experiences and lessons learned as they designed their layouts for operations.  For a list of topics, please visit the website given below.

Speakers include:  Craig Bisgeier, Ralph De Blasi, Jim Dalberg, Jim Fawcett, Ralph Heiss, Jay Held, Tony Koester, Bob Nalbone, Ramon Rhodes, Bill Schamburg, Jim Schweitzer, Bob Hinkle

Travers Stavic and other LD Sig and OP Sig volunteers will be on hand to promote the Layout Design and Operations SIGs and staff a layout design consultation desk for the event. So if you have a layout design question, or have a question on how to incorporate prototypical operations on your home layout, come to the meet and find your answers.

This year we have 2 days of layout tours! Come visit some of the best layouts in the Northeast, including 2 new layouts: Jerry Wooley's never before open New York & Long Branch RR, and Perry Squire's Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern.

Saturday evening self-guided tour layouts:  
Open between 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm (some layout times may vary):

Joe Calderone - Delaware & Hudson Railroad
Jim Fawcett - Baltimore & Ohio Old Main Line
Jim Homoki - Newark Terminal: Penn Central/Central New Jersey, circa 1969-1974


Sunday October 26 self-guided layout tours:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (times will vary for each layout)

Craig Bisgeier - Housatonic Railroad in 1892
Ted DiIorio - Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Division, circa 1943
Tony Koester - Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision
Dave Olesen - CSX Alleghany Subdivision, Circa 1986
Dave Ramos - New York Harbor Railroad: New York Central, Lehigh Valley, and Erie waterfront operations, circa 1947
Andy Rubbo - Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division
Perry Squier - Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern
Jerry Woolley - New York and Long Branch

All layouts are HO scale.
Maps and layout details will be distributed at the event to all registrants.
Your event badge will be required to visit the layouts.

For complete details, including clinic topics and registration forms, please visit the following website.

http://www.hansmanns.org/ld-op-nj/index.htm


CSX Declares Quarterly Dividend

Received the following via email. 


CSX Corporation Declares Quarterly Dividend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - October 8, 2014 - Earlier today, the board of directors of CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) approved a $0.16 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on December 15, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 28, 2014.

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
877-835-5279


Friday, October 10, 2014

Firetrucks & Trains - Ride The Great Pumpkin Train This Weekend!

Received the following via email from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ. 


In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the 
Phillipsburg Fire Department, there will be a parade 
on Saturday, October 11th, beginning at 12 noon.
Arrive before 11:45 and watch the Parade go bye! 
Ride The Great Pumpkin Train
This Weekend!
877trainride.com
 
Upcoming Events

Ride The Great Pumpkin Train This Weekend!

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Phillipsburg Fire Department, there will be a parade on Saturday, October 11th, 
beginning at 12 noon.
This will not affect riders on the 11 am or 2 pm trips, BUT, those riding the 12:30PM trip need to make their way to the train before 11:45 AM We suggest coming from the East.

THIS IS ONLY FOR SATURDAY'S TRIP AT 12:30

Come watch a great parade of fire Apparatus and then ride 
The Great Pumpkin Train!

Ride our steam train through the beautiful fall landscape of Western New Jersey. Take the train to the pumpkin patch located in a little glade in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns dating from the 1700's.
Once we arrive at the Pumpkin Patch everyone is welcome to get off the train and EVERY CHILD can pick their own pumpkin (one) for FREE. 
For more family fun add
the CORN MAZE & OLE' SUSQUEHANNA MINING COMPANY (for an additional charge) experience to your Pumpkin Train ride!
trains leave 11 AM, 12:30, 2 ,OR 3:30 Saturdays or Sundays.
NEW
Now play miniature golf at the mine! It's only $3.00 per person and you can purchase at the mine office!

The Warren County Winery Train
Your Journey
After a Steam Train ride along the Delaware and a short bus ride through rolling farmlands, you will arrive at Villa Milagro Vineyards (www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com) .
 There you will learn how grapes are grown and made into wine.  Then you will sample their delicious wines and have an opportunity to purchase them at the source.  If you would like to enjoy your wine with a picnic, bring a lunch and relax at tables in tree groves at the Ol'Susquehanna Mine and Corn Maze or at the station in Phillipsburg.  You are welcome to detrain at the Mine and spend as much time as you like relaxing in the picnic grove then catch a later train.