A Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) train carrying freight rail cars derailed this morning in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The train was traveling from Scottdale, Pennsylvania to Smithfield, Pennsylvania when 7 cars derailed at approximately 07:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The cause of the derailment is under investigation and no injuries have been reported. SWP is responding fully in an effort to clean up the damaged area as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. SWP is committed to fully supporting the emergency responders and meeting the needs of the community and protecting the environment. SWP would like to thank the Uniontown police and fire departments for their assistance with the derailment.
For Immediate Release
Carload Express is pleased to announce the addition of Cliff Grunstra to the Marketing Department as Director of Sales and Marketing. The addition of Cliff to our team will help us continue to grow our traffic base and to quickly respond to new opportunities in the marketplace. He will also work closely with our customers, connecting carriers, and regional development partners to retain existing business and develop new opportunities.
About Carload Express
Carload Express, Inc. operates four shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, the Camp Chase Railroad (CCRA) serving central Ohio, and the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia. Our dedicated, locally based management is able to offer timely and flexible service demanded by today’s fast paced supply chains while offering the inherent economies of scale that rail shipping provides. Our multiple connections to the North American rail system allow our customers to enjoy competitive freight routing options, lowering their overall shipping costs.
Carload Express, Inc. plays an important role in the communities we serve by transporting many of the basic goods used in everyday life such as the paper we read, the food we eat, the bricks, steel, and lumber we use for homebuilding, and the energy that supplies power for those homes. The 50,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 200,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.
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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.
Re: Service Issues with traffic moving via Norfolk Southern
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:
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.
Michael L Filoni
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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.
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