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  • Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.
Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.

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  by J.D. Lang
 
Unless it's changed but it used to be that 424 would drop the cars in Pittsfield and 425 would pick up housy's cars. Yeah 425 can be maxed out going up the hill from Springfield and a lot of Housy's cars are loads of limestone and demo loads. Maybe because it's all downhill from there to Selkirk. :wink:
  by taracer
 
Q425 regularly runs 165+ cars after picking up at Pittsfield.
  by roberttosh
 
With the addition of the NS IM/Auto train to the line as well what's sure to be some additional CSX traffic resulting from the Pan Am transaction and organic growth in the waste market, the B&A looks to be getting quite a bit busier in the years ahead.
  by jaymac
 
roberttosh wrote:With the addition of the NS IM/Auto train to the line as well what's sure to be some additional CSX traffic resulting from the Pan Am transaction and organic growth in the waste market, the B&A looks to be getting quite a bit busier in the years ahead.
Mebbe the Commonwealth will decide that restoring double-tracking with intermediate crossovers every few miles is more cost-effective than DSing the Hoosac.
  by roberttosh
 
With all that's going on, I don't see any way that CSX would allow the state to run 12 passenger trains a day on the line without full double tracking. You'd probably be pushing 30+ trains a day at that point, many of the 10K foot variety and could easily picture the line becoming a parking lot.
  by johnpbarlow
 
Two specific observations/questions re: CSX B&A freight ops on Sunday 3/7/21:
1. At 0828, a wb road freight led by a pair of AC4400CW units (with both ACSES II & I-ETMS PTC facilities and with pilots suited for 3rd rail territory ops) crossed Pond St at Ashland with a medium sized consist that included the usual substantial block of loaded C&D gons - what train symbol would this have been? In pre-pandemic/pre-PSR days, this would have been Selkirk-bound Q437 but my understanding is that these days this is B722(?) headed for Worcester? This consist was later observed passing Palmer live cam at 2220 with consist unchanged except that a 3rd unit was added as leader at Worcester. At 0050, this train passed the Westfield bridges live cam with a block of largely empty double stack wells added up front trailed by the consist that originated at Framingham.

2. As I watched the Westfield Bridges live cam, at 2157 I saw W Springfield based local B730 (?) pass slowly west on the #1 track led by a pair of GP40s lugging a good-sized inbound block for Pioneer Valley interchange (eg loaded centerbeams). It returned with at 2238 with the PV outbound cars tacked onto the rear of the same inbound cars. B730 shoved back to the small Westfield yard to drop the outbounds and then headed west again at 2259 to deposit the inbounds given a PV yard track was apparently cleared. At 2343, B730 shoved back with a new set of cars acquired from PV and then finally at 0130, B730 appeared to have departed west for Selkirk, not to be seen again, with the cars originally pulled from PV. In times past, I thought B730 operated as W Springfield - Westfield turn so I was surprised not to see shove east one last time. Is this normal Sunday night operation?
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