• Panhandle Trackage Rights

  • Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
  by lab8
 
NS has trackage rights on the Ohio Central through Newark, OH. I have seen unit trains of coal headed both east and west, but mostly east. The east bound trains stop on a siding just west of Newark for long periods. Where are these trains headed and why do they linger so long on the siding?

Larry Brough
  by SlowFreight
 
More precisely, these are haulage rights. NS hands off complete trains moving westbound from Pittsburgh and eastbound out of Columbus. OC crews the trains. I could speculate several reasons for the layover, but most likely I would guess that NS crews are dropping the freights off there and taking a jitney back to their terminal, and the trains are simply waiting for an OC crew to pick them up (or vice versa). Where else might be long enough to park a unit train between downtown and Newark?