Monday, February 29, 2016

From my archives: CR's SEPY passing through Manville!

The date is March 8, 1987 as CR's SEPY (Selkirk, NY to Potomac Yard, VA) is seen coming west off the Lehigh Line in Manville and getting ready to head south on the Trenton Line. That bridge seen in the background spans the Raritan River. Motive power for this general merchandise freight was CR 6264 (SD40, now NS 8439), CR 8162 (GP38-2, now
CSX 2759) and a third unidentified CR diesel. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

NS's 9-1-1 leading 20E

Despite being a gray day here in central New Jersey, the appearance of 20E, a Chicago, IL to Croxton, NJ intermodal, certainly provided a bit of brightness on this overcast and busy day. Photo location is at Stanton Station, NJ along the Lehigh Line near MP 53.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A busy morning at PU Tower!

Honest... "PU Tower" is the way the tower in Phillipsburg was designated by the CNJ! I headed up there on Friday morning with the knowledge that NS's CNJ heritage unit might be leading the intermodal 21M. As my good fortune would have it there were a number of trains that allowed me to get a couple of images at locations here I had visualized about getting but never had that opportunity. Today would be the day those visions became reality! The first train that would come through would have been an oil train, symbol 66Z. Evidently there were mechanical issues which caused it to be held in Easton, PA. Once it was off the main, a flood of eastbounds came through with NS 22V leading this parade. This train rates as one of my favorite trains with its consist of colorful COFCs. With bright orange COFCs, it passed beneath Phillipsburg's black bridge and headed east at 8:50. Fifteen minutes later NS 212 would follow with NS 20E also passing by my location at 9:30. With the east bound trains out of the way, NS 23M would then head west followed by 21M with the CNJ heritage unit on the point. Needless to say, it looked real nice and getting it traveling on what was once CNJ tracks added to my scene. Even though there were a few more west bound trains yet to come, I got what I had hoped to get on this track side excursion and then some.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Washburn Switch Business Park Receives CSX Select Site Designation

CSX Express
 
February 22, 2016
Washburn Switch Business Park Receives CSXSelect Site Designation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 22, 2016 – CSX (Nasdaq: CSX) announced today that the Washburn Switch Business Park in Cleveland County, North Carolina has been designated a CSX Select Site.

Select Sites are development-ready properties along the CSX network where standard land use considerations and comprehensive due diligence items have been previously addressed. These properties are well positioned to meet manufacturers’ needs, significantly reducing the time required to construct facilities and ultimately bring products to market.

“The fast-growing metropolitan areas of Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, are all within a 60-mile radius of this site,” said Carl Warren, director of ports and industrial development at CSX. “The Washburn Switch Business Park offers one of the best available rail-served industrial sites in this region.”

CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve new and existing customers on its network. CSX partners with The Austin Company, a nationally-known site selection consulting firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.

“Over the last four years, Cleveland County and the City of Shelby have taken the right steps to position this property to be ready for rail-served development,” said Jonathan Gemmen, senior location consultant for The Austin Company. “From purchasing the property, to designing and permitting utility extensions, to conducting the necessary environmental studies, these proactive steps send a welcoming message to prospective companies.”

In early 2017, North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to open the first leg of the U.S. Highway 74 Bypass around the north side of Shelby.

“With an interchange at Washburn Switch Road, the Bypass will provide interstate-quality access just a few hundred yards south of this site,” said Eddie Holbrook of the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners.

“With several other industrial facilities in the neighborhood, we’ve known that this community should continue to see growth in the manufacturing sector,” said Kristin Reese, executive director of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership (CCEDP), the community’s industry recruitment arm. The Select Site designation was publicly announced today following CCEDP’s board meeting in Shelby, North Carolina.

The Washburn Switch Business Park is the third site in North Carolina to be designated a CSX Select Site.

To receive CSX Select Site designation, the location must meet a rigorous list of criteria, including infrastructure and utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, rail serviceability, proximity to highways or interstates, and other attributes. Once certified, the sites are featured on www.csxselectsites.com, a web portal that includes additional information, promotional materials and direct marketing to site selection professionals.

To learn more about CSX Select Sites, visit www.csxselectsites.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 nearly 190 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 farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Thursday, February 25, 2016

CSX Joins Nasdaq-100 Index

 
February 22, 2016
CSX Joins Nasdaq-100 Index

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., -- February 22, 2016 – This morning as of market open, CSX (Nasdaq: CSX) became a component of the Nasdaq-100 Index® (Nasdaq:NDX), the world’s preeminent large-cap growth index. The Nasdaq-100 Index is composed of the 100 largest non-financial stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization.

“We are pleased to join the influential and successful group of companies that make up the Nasdaq-100 Index,” said Frank Lonegro, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Inclusion on the Nasdaq-100 Index reflects CSX’s strong track record of delivering shareholder value despite challenging business conditions.”

CSX currently has a market capitalization of approximately $25 billion. Launched in 1985, the Nasdaq-100 Index now represents more than $5 trillion in market capitalization and includes industry-leading companies in a variety of sectors from science and technology to retail and transportation.

About CSX and its Disclosures

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 nearly 190 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 farming towns alike.

This announcement, as well as additional financial information, is available on the company's website athttp://investors.csx.com. CSX also uses social media channels to communicate information about the company. Although social media channels are not intended to be the primary method of disclosure for material information, it is possible that certain information CSX posts on social media could be deemed to be material.

Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information we post on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX) and on Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/HowTomorrowMoves).

The social media channels used by CSX may be updated from time to time.  More information about the company and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX).

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bessemer Quartet, Summer, 1989

Rob Williams managed to capture the Bessemer's first SD38, #861 (and the very first one EMD built), the last Bessemer SD38AC (#869), plus one (each) of the Bessemer's SD18s (#854) and SD38-2s (#873?). Looks like Calvin Yard in Butler. All four units are off the property, now.   ---NSC 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Latest Historical Newsletter from RHLV

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Friday, February 19, 2016

CSX Chief Financial Officer Discusses Near- and Long-Term Expectations and Strategy

CSX Express
 
February 17, 2016
CSX Chief Financial Officer Discusses Near- and Long-Term Expectations and Strategy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., -- February 17, 2016 – CSX (Nasdaq: CSX) Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro today highlighted the company’s track record of success during the energy market transition and updated expectations for company performance at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, Florida.

Over the past five years, CSX has grown its merchandise and intermodal business faster than the economy and delivered strong pricing and efficiency gains in the face of a secular decline in coal and shifts in other energy markets. As a result, the company delivered compound annual growth in earnings per share of 4 percent during that period and an operating ratio below 70 percent for 2015.

However, the intensifying coal headwinds and the impact of the strong U.S. dollar and low global commodity prices that impacted CSX in 2015 are expected to further challenge results in 2016. CSX expects coal volume to decline more than 20 percent and most other markets to continue posting year-over-year declines this year.

“Based on the trends so far this year, we expect volume to decline in the mid-high single digits this quarter and to gradually moderate as we move through the year,” Lonegro said. “We expect first quarter earnings to decline significantly, reflecting both this volume environment and the fact that we are cycling more than $100 million in unique items from the first quarter of 2015.”

For 2016, the company continues to target $200 million in productivity savings. In addition, Lonegro reiterated that CSX continues working to further reduce structural resources and to match resources with volume declines near term while also remaining well-positioned to serve demand shifts once the economic challenges begin to subside.

“In this environment, we continue to focus on the things most in our control, including delivering safe, reliable service that increases operational efficiency and supports strong pricing for the value we provide to customers,” Lonegro said. “As we look toward a future with significantly less coal, our strategy includes rationalizing and realigning the network to match decreased demand in some markets and adjust to increases in others, investing in clearance and terminal projects to leverage intermodal growth, and optimizing technology to serve the CSX of tomorrow as we continue to target a mid-60s operating ratio longer term.”

About CSX and its Disclosures

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 nearly 190 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 farming towns alike.

This announcement, as well as additional financial information, is available on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com. CSX also uses social media channels to communicate information about the company. Although social media channels are not intended to be the primary method of disclosure for material information, it is possible that certain information CSX posts on social media could be deemed to be material.

Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information we post on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX) and on Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/HowTomorrowMoves).

The social media channels used by CSX may be updated from time to time.  More information about the company and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX).

Thursday, February 18, 2016

4 weeks away! Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt 2016



A  day of family fun!
Tickets are selling fast, the trips are just four weeks away!

The Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt is now even better! We have added a second Juggler! Look for great juggling antics on the train and at the Easter Egg Patch!

While in the station enjoy the sounds of the Grand Master Band Organ playing your Easter favorites!


Watch us on tv!
The Easter
                                                        Bunny Train Ride
                                                        and Easter Egg
                                                        Hunt
                                                        Phillipsburg NJ
The Easter Bunny Train Ride and Easter Egg Hunt Phillipsburg NJ

Dear Jan,

 Ride the ONLY Easter Bunny train ride where you get off the train and have an Easter Egg Hunt!
While on the train visit with Mr. E. Bunny. Give him a hug and take a picture!
Your ride will wind along the scenic Delaware River leaving from the Historic District of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The train will travel along the river to Carpentersville and our destination will be the site of the historic Lime Kilns. In front of the 150 year old Lime kilns is a beautiful little glade filled with Easter Eggs! Once we arrive you can get off the train, take a picture with Mr. Bunny and
gather 4 Easter eggs filled with little toys ( similar to what you find in cracker jack).
 
Enjoy the cute Easter music on the train, the gift shop, the snack bar, our banjo playing Hobo and a Juggler, its fun for the whole family!

Trips run on:
March 28, 29 
and April 4th.
11am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30 pm

Thomas Comes In July!
TICKETS ON SALE


JULY 9,10,11,15,16,17
Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ . Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.
The train pulled by Thomas leaves every hour on the hour, 10 am to 5 pm.

You may also ride  the River Train along the scenic Delaware River  to Pinchers Point, New Jersey ( an hour and fifteen minute round trip).  For an added adventure take the River Train  to the Ol' Susquehanna Mine , enjoy the animated Mine Shaft Explosion, History and learn how to pan for Gem Stones that you can take home!.
The trips pulled by Thomas take you along the beautiful Delaware River to North Carpentersville New Jersey, a 25 minute ride.
The River Train   pulled by our STEAM locomotive #142  follows the same route  journeying further along the river to Edingers  with a brief stop at the "Old Susquehanna" gem stone mine.  At the mine you may get off , visit the mine and learn how to pan for gems.  Each passenger receives a bag of mine tiling's , a brief history of the mine and use of the  sluice to prospect for their very own gem stones they can bring home!
 You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for all trains although we advise that you purchase your tickets in advance.
Trains to  and from the mine depart every hour.  Stay at the mine as little as an hour or as long as you like!
Experience the exploding mine shaft tour-- its a hoot!
GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!
TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 14TH 
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions is operated by the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc, a 501 c (3) non profit corporation.
 We are operated entirely by volunteers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CSX to Streamline Mechanical Operations at 16 Locations




CSX Express
 
February 12, 2016
CSX to Streamline Mechanical Operations at 16 Locations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 12, 2016 – As part of CSX’s (Nasdaq: CSX) ongoing commitment to driving network improvement and resource efficiency to match demand, the company is streamlining operations at 16 lower-volume mechanical facilities.

Operations will be reduced at car shops in Montgomery, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Baldwin, Florida; Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Wilmington, North Carolina; Kenmore, New York; Ashtabula, Ohio; Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Florence, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Huntington, West Virginia.

The streamlining is designed to better coordinate shop activities across the CSX network while maintaining inspection and maintenance performance levels. These changes will impact approximately 116 CSX mechanical employees, some of whom will be given opportunities to fill positions in other higher-demand areas of the network. CSX human resources personnel are working directly with affected employees to identify possible opportunities and assist in the transition.

Train operations through the affected areas will continue as normal, and CSX will continue to deliver the high level of safety and service that customers and communities expect.

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 nearly 190 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 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).

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CSX Corporation Chief Financial Officer to Address Barclays Industrial Select Conference


 
February 10, 2016
CSX Corporation Chief Financial Officer to Address Barclays Industrial Select Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 10, 2016 – Frank Lonegro, CSX Corporation (Nasdaq: CSX) executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami Beach, FL on Wednesday, February 17th, at 8:15 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.

This announcement, as well as additional financial information, is available on the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com.

About CSX and its Disclosures

This announcement, as well as additional financial information, is available on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com. CSX also uses social media channels to communicate information about the company. Although social media channels are not intended to be the primary method of disclosure for material information, it is possible that certain information CSX posts on social media could be deemed to be material. Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information we post on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX) and on Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/HowTomorrowMoves).  The social media channels used by CSX may be updated from time to time.

More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com and on Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX).

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 nearly 190 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 farming towns alike.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Norfolk Southern to present at 31st Annual BB&T Transportation Services Conference on Feb. 10

Norfolk Southern to present at 31st Annual BB&T Transportation Services Conference on Feb. 10

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 9, 2016 – Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Marta R. Stewart will make a presentation at the 31st Annual BB&T Transportation Services Conference.

What:               31st Annual BB&T Transportation Services Conference
When:              Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:45 p.m. ET
Where:            The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Fla.

The presentation will be posted at www.norfolksouthern.com in the Investors section.

About Norfolk Southern
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.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Norfolk Southern comments on Canadian Pacific's non-binding shareholder proposal

Norfolk Southern comments on Canadian Pacific’s non-binding shareholder proposal

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 9, 2016 – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today issued the following statement regarding the non-binding shareholder proposal submitted by Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP): 

CP has proposed a non-binding resolution that NS should have discussions with CP regarding a business combination. NS has already met with CP and publicly provided clear detail regarding the NS Board’s concerns. While CP continues to publicly declare that NS should “talk to CP about a potential combination,” we believe further discussions are not in the best interests of NS shareholders unless CP offers NS shareholders compelling value and addresses the regulatory issues inherent in its proposal. 

The NS Board carefully considered and unanimously rejected each of CP’s three unsolicited acquisition proposals, after it determined that each was grossly inadequate and would face substantial regulatory risks and uncertainties that CP would be highly unlikely to overcome. Notably, CP has not addressed the NS Board’s concerns, nor sought a declaratory order from the Surface Transportation Board that would provide clarity regarding the likelihood of regulatory approval of its voting trust structure. 

The NS team remains focused on executing our plan to reduce costs, drive profitability and enhance value for all NS shareholders. We believe the interests of NS shareholders are best served by the continued execution of our strategic plan.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are acting as financial advisors to Norfolk Southern Corporation and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP are acting as legal advisors.

About Norfolk Southern
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.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “consider,” “predict,” “potential” or other comparable terminology. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on management’s current expectations, assumptions, estimates, beliefs and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates, and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond the Company’s control. These and other important factors, including those discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, as well as the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made only as of the date they were first issued, and unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Copies of Norfolk Southern Corporation’s press releases and additional information about the Company are available at www.norfolksouthern.com or you can contact the Norfolk Southern Corporation Investor Relations Department by calling 757-629-2861.

Important Additional Information and Where to Find It
Norfolk Southern Corporation (the “Company”), its directors and certain of its executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from stockholders in connection with the Company’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2016 Annual Meeting”). The Company plans to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2016 Annual Meeting (the “2016 Proxy Statement”). Additional information regarding the identity of these potential participants, none of whom owns in excess of 1 percent of the Company’s shares of Common Stock, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the 2016 Proxy Statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2016 Annual Meeting.  This information can also be found in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2015 Proxy Statement”), filed with the SEC on March 25, 2015, or the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on February 8, 2016 (the “Form 10-K”). To the extent holdings of the Company’s securities by such potential participants have changed since the amounts printed in the 2015 Proxy Statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Ownership and Change in Ownership on Forms 3 and 4 filed with the SEC.

STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE 2016 PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO), 2015 PROXY STATEMENT, FORM 10-K AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT THE COMPANY HAS FILED OR WILL FILE WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Stockholders will be able to obtain, free of charge, copies of the 2016 Proxy Statement (when filed), 2015 Proxy Statement, Form 10-K and any other documents (including the WHITE proxy card) filed or to be filed by the Company with the SEC in connection with the 2016 Annual Meeting at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov) or at the Company’s website (http://www.nscorp.com) or by writing to Denise Hutson, Corporate Secretary, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillsborough fire adjacent to NS's Lehigh Line

Smoke billows over Veterans Industrial Park in Hillsborough, NJ as NS 11J's leader NS 9603 holds with its consist of autoracks on the Lehigh Line’s Main 1, ex-Royce Runner, for eastbounds NS 212 and NS 22V to pass on Main 2 before it proceeds west on February 12, 2016. This fire had started around 2:30 PM on February 11 and continued to burn throughout the night before it was finally extinguished Friday afternoon. Smoke plumes from this fire were so intense that they were picked up by weather radar. Off to the left of 11J’s power can be seen the hand switch that allows for rail access to this facility. What NS trains were detained, the amount of damage or what caused this fire is unknown at this time.

Easter Tickets Available & Award Nomination!






Easter Bunny Express Tickets Available
&
BR&W Nominated for Best of Hunterdon Award!
Tickets for this year's Easter Bunny Express are now available!

BR&W's annual Easter Bunny Express event features a relaxing round-trip train ride from Flemington to Ringoes and return. On board the train kids will briefly meet Peter Cottontail and receive a treat! The Bunny will pose for photos upon request.

For complete details, times, and tickets click here to visit our website.

BR&W has been nominated for best "Amusement" activity in Hunterdon County for 2016! Please take a moment to cast your vote to support us! Click Here to vote.

Help us get to Lambertville!
Our crews are working on completing rehab work on the remaining 1.5 miles of track to Bowne Station so we can begin running trains to WoodsEdge farm! You can help us get there (1.5 miles closer to Lambertville!) with your donation - large or small - towards our $25,000 fundraising goal. Learn more and donate at www.lambertvillerail.com!




One from my NJT Archives...

While going through my black and white photos, I came across this undated photo of NJ Transit's Raritan (NJ) yard. In my opinion there is a lot to be seen in this photo. NJT 4103 is about to head out on its run once the conductor boards. Note the CNJ coaches behind 4103, a GP40PH-2 ex-CNJ 3674. In the background can be seen CR 5921, a GP7 ex-ERIE 1401. Further back in the yard there is two former CNJ diesels still wearing their "V" stripes. Any other comments regarding what else can be seen in this photo would be appreciated!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Norfolk Southern facilitated $4.2 billion in industrial investment along rail lines in 2015

Norfolk Southern facilitated $4.2 billion in industrial investment along rail lines in 2015

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 4, 2016 – Norfolk Southern assisted 93 industries in locating or expanding their businesses along its rail lines in 2015.

The 61 new and 32 expanded industries represent an investment of $4.2 billion by NS customers and are expected to create 6,200 new jobs in the railroad's territory, generating more than 85,000 carloads of new rail traffic annually.

“While the energy sector has been severely impacted by the drop in commodity prices, this sector -- including alternative energy production -- still accounted for nearly 20 percent of the projects that started operations this year,” said Jason Reiner, assistant vice president industrial development. “However, the largest impact to our communities was the strong showing in manufacturing, accounting for $3.7 billion in new investment and 5,600 new jobs. Renewed growth in the automotive industry was the largest contributor to this success. We expect to see continued growth in manufacturing in 2016 as projects currently in development begin full operation.”

Norfolk Southern works with state and local economic development authorities on projects involving site location and development of infrastructure to connect customers to its rail system and provides free and confidential plant location services, including industrial park planning, site layout, track design, and supply chain analysis. During the past 10 years, NS’ Industrial Development Department has participated in the location or expansion of 989 facilities representing an investment of nearly $60 billion and creating more than 42,000 new customer jobs in the territory served by the railroad.

About Norfolk Southern
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.

Forward-looking statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that may be identified by the use of words like “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “consider,” “project,” and similar references to the future. Forward-looking statements reflect our good-faith evaluation of information currently available. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and our actual results may differ materially from those projected. Please refer to our annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC for a full discussion of those risks and uncertainties we view as most important. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tri-State Meeting - Thursday, February 11, 2016

TRI-STATE RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Presents Mitch Dakelman
Collection of Dick forest

The February 11th meeting continues with Mitch Dakelman sharing the slide collection of a former Tri-State member, the late Dick Forest. Dick worked his way through law school as the operator at Q-Tower on the L&HR near Belvidere, NJ, and he loved steam. This should be fun stuff to see.

The Lehigh and Hudson River Railway (L&HR) was the smallest of the six railroads that were merged into Conrail in 1976. It was a bridge line running northeast-southwest across northwestern New Jersey, connecting the line to the Poughkeepsie Bridge at Maybrook, New York with Easton, Pennsylvania, where it interchanged with various other companies. (From Wikipedia).

The L&HR also operated the Mine Hill Railroad. A branch running south from a junction at Franklin, NJ to the mines of the New Jersey Zinc Company at Sterling Hill, NJ.

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Its a rainy Wednesday here...

so what can one due but go to the railroading archives of sunny days and local scenes to help make this day go a little faster and brighter by sending these scenes your way. In two undated scenes the first one shows a CR local WJOI about to cross over the historic Somerset County 4-H Bridge on Route 202 in Bridgewater on what is now NJT's Raritan Valley Line. It has just finished at Fischer Scientific and is about to head west to its next stop. Currently, Fischer Scientific is the only customer on this line that now receives any rail deliveries. The second image was one that caught me off guard at Pattenburg Tunnel. It is Guilford B&M 360 leading a eastbound COFC over the Lehigh Line.