RMB357 wrote:NS should get their part of the Chicago line up to 70 mph, any parts of the Cleveland line that can handle it and get any deficiency's out of the southern tier line, CP draw, signalling around Binghamton, etc so they can blow the doors off with expedited intermodal service between the east coast markets and points West. Take advantage of what is going on at CSX and gain more customers. Show em how to do it
I'd love see that happen... but there a few things to consider:
1. CP Draw must be addressed if
NS wants to reroute more than a few trains via the Lake Erie District & the Tier. CSX owns CP Draw now. Just as NS has been reluctant to sell the northern end of the Corning Secondary to potentially help CSX, it seems rather doubtful that CSX would rehab/replace/improve CP Draw just to help NS. CSX may address the bridge at some point to help themselves, but there's nothing definite yet.
2. NS also has the western NY/PRR/RDG/LV route between Chicago and the East Coast. I'm not sure it is at max capacity, so there is a definite possibility they'd just add more trains to their legs of the Conrail X if they manage to grab some of CSX's traffic. It will depend on how much business NS can gain and the associated costs.
3. Unlike the changes to the employee benefits and the pools (which are verified), there has been no confirmation from CSX regarding the single tracking of the former NYC. Given EHH's stated goals of making the former NYC, B&O and L&N corridors his priorities, it seems counterintuitive to reduce their capacity. I'll believe the reduction when I see it.
4. Alot of comments have been made here and on FB about the reduction in the number of trains CSX is running on the Water Level Route. Yes, a few trains have been eliminated, but their traffic has been added to other trains. CSX is also combining trains when possible, too. For example, the auto racks for Q253 were added to K603 last Saturday, which resulted in a very long train running through upstate NY. An article in Trains
last year talked about the rise in longer drag freights and fewer fast freights. CSX seems to be mirroring the trend.
5. Single track CTC can support about 25 trains per day with sufficient siding capacity. CSX would have to have substantial decrease in traffic to justify single tracking the Water Level Route. Even with the reductions in train counts, CSX still needs 2 tracks on the former NYC.
EHH is a lousy CEO, but single tracking the Water Level Route won't be one of his sins.