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2034 and 2040-2042 and will remain on BNSF’s northern routes between North- town Yard in Minneapolis, Minn., and Washington state while testing of the Tier 4 emissions systems is complet- ed. On April 22, Train H-PASNTW1-21 (High Priority Manifest, Pasco-North- town Yard) was seen in Whitefish, Mont., with GECX 2041, 2025, 2029, 2026, and 2034 leading 120 cars.


D&H South End Sale STB Approves

On May 15, the Surface Transportation Board approved Norfolk Southern’s petition to acquire 267 miles of the old Delaware & Hudson Freight Main Line between Sunbury, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y., including the Voorheesville Running Track from owner Canadian Pacific. Trackage rights from Schenectady to Mechanicville would allow NS to reach the new intermodal yard located there, and provide a connection with Pan Am Southern and the Patriot Corridor route to Boston. According to the STB notice, the transaction will benefit shippers and increase operating efficiency since NS is now the principal user of this route. There had been some discussion regarding the potential for NS to acquire the trackage rights formerly assigned to D&H from Albany down the CSX Hudson Line to access the Long Island interchange at Fresh Pond, N.Y. The STB responded in its explanation that those trackage rights were originally granted as a result of the 1999 Conrail break-up, and are not related to this most recent acquisition by NS. Shortline Saratoga & North Creek petitioned to have its contractual barrier struck down to allow interchange with Norfolk Southern as well as D&H (CP)

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at Saratoga Yard. Because the request was related to potential future traffic and not current carloads, SNC’s request was denied. The STB decision also stressed that while the overall footprint of D&H will be reduced by this line sale, “Delaware & Hudson will continue to exist as a common carrier, separate from Norfolk Southern,” and remain a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific. The D&H is one of America’s oldest transportation companies, dating back to the 1823 creation of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. The decision was made effective on June 14, 2015.

Operations Train 100 (Vancouver, B.C.-Toronto,

Ont., intermodal) now brings automo- tive traffic from New Westminster, B.C., directly to Agincourt Yard in Toronto, rather than swapping at Vaughan to Train 118 (Edmonton, Alb.-Hochela- ga Yard, Montreal, Que., intermodal). Train 100 also now handles intermodal traffic destined for Bensenville, Ill., and Toronto from Vaughan, traffic that was previously handled by 118. Counterpart Train 101 now originates at Toronto in- stead of Vaughan and departs for Van- couver at 5:00 p.m. Train 113 (Hochela- ga-Coquitlam, B.C., intermodal) now departs at 9:15 p.m. Train 199 (Bensen- ville-Deltaport Terminal, Vancouver, intermodal) now departs at 12:00 p.m. Train 281 (Bensenville-St. Paul, Minn., manifest) now departs at 9:00 a.m. Train 293 (St. Paul-Scotford, Alb., mani- fest) now departs at 8:00 a.m. Train 298 (Belt Railway of Chicago Clearing Yard, Bedford Park, Ill.-St. Paul, manifest) now departs at 1:00 a.m. Train 299 (St. Paul-Sutherland, Sask., manifest) now departs at 11:00 a.m.

CP’s specialized highway trailer haul-

ing “Expressway” Trains 132 and 133 operating between Toronto and Montre- al will no longer operate on Sundays due to decreased traffic volumes. Expedit- ed manifest Trains 294 (Coquitlam-St. Paul) and 295 (St. Paul-Coquitlam) have been introduced to improve traffic movement and to eliminate several oth- er trains from the operating plan. Train 294 will handle intermodal traffic from western Canada destined for Minneap- olis, Minn., and manifest destined to St. Paul, as well as intermodal traffic released from customs at Portal, N.D. As a result, Train 198 (Deltaport Ter- minal-Bensenville, intermodal) will no longer lift Minneapolis-destined traffic from Calgary. Train 295 will handle au- tomotive traffic destined to western Can- ada and manifest traffic for Alyth, Alb.,

Moose Jaw, Sask., and Coquitlam — consolidating several traffic blocks from Trains 113, 199, and 293. Trains 204 (Coquitlam-Moose Jaw, manifest) and 205 (Moose Jaw-Coquitlam, manifest) have been cancelled with all traffic shift- ing to Trains 294 and 295, respectively. Train 198 (Deltaport Terminal-Bensen- ville, intermodal) will no longer lift Min- neapolis-bound traffic at Calgary — this traffic will be handled directly by 294. Trains 496 (Lethbridge, Alb.-St. Paul, manifest) and 497 (St. Paul-Moose Jaw, manifest) have also been cancelled, with 496’s traffic handled by Trains 294, 498, (Moose Jaw-St. Paul, manifest) and new local assignment A44. Train 497’s traffic will be handled by Trains 295 and 499 (St. Paul-Moose Jaw, manifest). Train 400 (Coquitlam-Sutherland,

manifest) now departs at 9:00 a.m. and 401 (Sutherland-Coquitlam, manifest) now departs at 2:00 p.m. Work at Cam- rose, Alb., previously performed by both trains will now be handled by new local assignment A22. As a result, 90 minutes at Camrose have been removed from 400’s and 401’s schedules. Train 410 (Moose Jaw-Winnipeg,

Man., manifest) now departs at 9:00 p.m. Train 461 (Moose Jaw-Clover Bar, Alb., manifest) no longer originates at Alyth and departs Moose Jaw at 4:00 a.m. Train 463 (Lethbridge, Alb.-East- port, Ida., manifest) now only operates five days per week — Thursday through Monday — due to decreased traffic vol- umes. Departure from Lethbridge is at 6:00 p.m. Train 469 (Scotford-Eastport, manifest) will handle former 463 traffic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Mountain Sub Derailment

A CSX manifest freight Q317 enroute to Russell, Ky., from Cumberland, Md., derailed on the railroad’s former Baltimore & Ohio Mountain Subdivision on 17 Mile Grade on April 16. Eleven of the train’s 88 cars derailed. No injuries or cars carrying hazardous material were reported in the incident. Rail service was restored to the coal-dominant route approximately 24 hours later.

Traffic Report

CSX noted volume and revenue increas- es across many of its commodities in the first quarter of 2015. Agricultural ship- ments showed an increase in revenue









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