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Carload Express to present proposal to SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority

Carload Express, parent company of the Allegheny Valley (AVR), Southwest Pennsylvania (SWP), Camp Chase (CCRA), and Ohio Terminal (OHIO) railroads, is proud to have been selected as one of the three qualified bidders to operate rail lines owned by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (the JRA) in Central Pennsylvania.  Each bidder will submit a proposal for evaluation by the JRA, who will make their selection in mid-2015.  The selected rail operator would commence operations over the JRA’s lines on June 1, 2017.

Carload Express would like to thank the JRA for the opportunity to present a proposal to enter into an agreement for the operation of its rail lines for freight service.  We would also like to welcome the Joint Rail Authority team that will be visiting us in early December for an inspection tour of our rail network.

The SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority is seeking input from current and past customers of Carload Express, to document the types and sizes of customers served by our railroads, and the quality of services provided.   Current and former customers may be contacted by the JRA as part of this assessment.  Carload Express will contact customers with more information regarding the JRA’s survey.

Service Advisory

Re: Service Issues with traffic moving via Norfolk Southern

Hello,
Many of you have likely noticed that our connecting carriers are experiencing delays to traffic moving to or from our railroads, particularly traffic moving in conjunction with Norfolk Southern Railway (NS).

Significant traffic growth in the northern region of the NS system has led to shortages of locomotives and train crews, resulting in congestion at many of the terminals between the western gateways (particularly Chicago) and our interchanges with NS. Congestion is particularly acute in the Pittsburgh area around Conway Yard, where recent NS service metrics indicate dwell times of 60+ hours for traffic transiting the terminal (vs. about 32 hours at this time last year). These issues, combined with historically high levels of traffic moving to and from our interchanges, have resulted in the delays we have been seeing for the past few weeks.

To address these issues, Norfolk Southern has reportedly hired over 600 train and engine personnel to the northern region and will be adding another 1200 to 1500 in 2015. NS also plans to bring on another 50 to 75 locomotives by the end of the year and is undertaking numerous other capital investments that will enhance capacity. Despite these efforts, the latest customer service bulletin from the NS notes: “While we expect incremental improvements, customers are not likely to see significant recovery in shipment cycle times and consistency of transit times until the first quarter of 2015.” For more information on the latest NS service bulletin, please follow this link:
http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/ship-with-norfolk-southern/service-update.html

In anticipation of continued growth, Carload Express is adding capacity to upgrade our own network. We have, for example, recently purchased 5 additional 3,000 horsepower six-axle locomotives and continue to add train crews. This year, we completed the upgrade of the Glenwood Classification Yard on AVR, and completed numerous track projects on AVR and SWP. In 2015 we plan additional capacity improvement projects including: expansion of our Omal Yard on OHIO, expansion of the Bruceton interchange with W&LE on AVR, and main line rail replacement on the SWP. We are also working closely with Norfolk Southern’s operations team to improve traffic flow through our various gateways with them, such as recently adding a third day of service to the OHIO interchange at Clarington.

Above all, I want to emphasize that we understand that the current service levels being experienced due to these delays are NOT satisfactory. As we work through these issues with NS, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team so that we can help to address your concerns. We are working in close contact with local Norfolk Southern operating personnel, and will work to expedite shipments that have received excessive delays. If you have specific concerns or unresolved issues, please contact me as we work to provide the higher level of service that we know we need to provide.

Sincerely,
Michael L Filoni
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

New Locomotives for SWP

In 2015, the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) expects to take delivery of five (5) SD40-2 locomotives and two tractive effort booster units (TEBU’s), in order to support significant traffic growth on the SWP.  The SD40-2s are rebuilt from SD40 carbodies, and will be refurbished and painted by National Railway Equipment, Co. (NREC) of Dixmoor, Ill.  Metro East Industries, Inc. (MEI) of St. Louis, Ill., will perform the TEBU conversions from existing GP carbodies, and equip two SWP GP40 locomotives with TEBU control equipment, resulting in two GP40-TEBU pairs.  The GP40-TEBU combination provides additional tractive effort as well as significant fuel savings. With the additional horsepower, Carload Express’s locomotive fleet will number 28 EMD locomotives.

Updated website!

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