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Carload Express Unveils Video to Celebrate Six Months Operating Delmarva Central Railroad

OAKMONT, Pa. (June 21, 2017) – Carload Express Inc. (CEI) today unveiled a video during the Summer 2017 Delmarva Freight Summit in Newark, Delaware, to mark its six-month milestone of operating the 162-mile Delmarva Central Railroad in Delaware and Maryland.

Within the first 48 hours of taking over the rail line, CEI subsidiary Delmarva Central Railroad Company (DCR) moved 12 additional locomotives into operation, established five offices and transitioned all communications systems. Within the first 90 days of operation DCR moved nearly 6,500 railcars, provided all customers with five-day-per-week service (an increase of 150 percent in most cases), and suffered no injuries or derailments. DCR is managed locally in Harrington, Delaware.

Freight operations are based out of Harrington, Dover, Seaford and Delmar. The lines run from near Porter, Delaware (south of Wilmington), south to Pocomoke City, Maryland; and from Harrington, Delaware, to Frankford, Delaware.

“We’re thrilled to mark this six-month milestone working with our team and customers on the Delmarva Central Railroad,” said Carload Express CEO Russell Peterson.  “Our video provides important highlights of our efforts to serve the Delmarva community. Carload Express is eager to serve our new customers and support the economic development of the region.”

DCR is the fourth shortline railroad operated by Carload Express, joining Allegheny Valley, Southwest Pennsylvania and Ohio Terminal railroads.  Since beginning operations in 1992 with 4,400 annual carloads, Carload Express has grown its traffic over 1,700 percent to nearly 80,000 carloads per year. Carload recently purchased 17 additional locomotives to support operations and future company expansion, bringing the company’s fleet to 44 locomotives.

Celebrating Six Months of the Delmarva Central Railroad from Carload Express on Vimeo.

 

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates four shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania; the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia; and the new Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. We anticipate handling approximately 80,000 shipments this year, equating to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

Carload Express Recognized at Norfolk Southern’s 16th Annual Shortline Conference

OAKMONT, Pa. (May 31, 2017) — Carload Express announced this month that it has received two awards for its marketing work at Norfolk Southern’s 16th annual shortline meeting in Norfolk, Virginia.

The 2017 awards are for shortline railroads that generated over 1,000 new annual carloads of rail business:

  • Ohio Terminal Railway – 2502 Platinum Business Initiative Award
  • Allegheny Valley Railroad – 2502 Platinum Business Initiative Award

“We remain grateful to Norfolk Southern for our valued partnership, and to our customers for entrusting us with their business.  Our employees strive each day to serve our customers safely and efficiently.”

Mike Filoni & Cliff Grunstra accept Marketing Awards from Norfolk Southern, May 2017

Chief Marketing Officers Mike Filoni & Cliff Grunstra accept Marketing Awards from Norfolk Southern, May 2017

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates four shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia, and the new Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. We anticipate handling approximately 80,000 shipments this year, equating to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

Carload Express, Delmarva Central Railroad to begin operations of 162 miles of rail line in Delaware, Maryland

OAKMONT, Pa. (NOVEMBER 18, 2016) – The Delmarva Central Railroad Company (DCR), a subsidiary of Carload Express Inc. (CEI), has filed with the federal Surface Transportation Board to lease and operate 162 miles of rail line in Delaware and Maryland.  The line is owned and currently operated by Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC).  DCR expects to create more than 30 new jobs as part of its operations.

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Delmarva Central Railroad

The lines run from near Porter, Delaware (south of Wilmington), south to Pocomoke City, Maryland; and from Harrington, Delaware, to Frankford, Delaware.  Pending Surface Transportation Board approval, DCR expects to begin operations in December 2016.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Carload Express to develop and enhance efficient, safe and customer-focused freight rail service on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Carload Express CEO Russell Peterson.  “Our team is eager to serve our new customers, create new jobs for local residents and support the economic development of the region.”

DCR will be managed locally from offices in Harrington, Delaware. Freight operations will be based out of Harrington, Seaford and Delmar.

“Carload is ideally positioned to serve Delmarva’s agricultural and aggregate industries,” Peterson said. “The growth of these stable commodities suit our overall corporate growth strategy of carefully selecting stand-alone rail networks with a diversity of freight traffic.”

DCR will become the fourth shortline railroad operated by Carload Express, joining Allegheny Valley, Southwest Pennsylvania and Ohio Terminal Railroads. Since beginning operations in 1992 with 4,400 annual carloads, Carload Express has grown its traffic over 1,700 percent to nearly 80,000 carloads per year.

Carload recently purchased 17 additional locomotives to support operations and future company expansion, bringing the company’s fleet to 46 locomotives.

Employment applications for positions on DCR are being accepted. Please visit http://carloadexpress.com/employment/openings/, email dcr-jobs@carloadexpress.com, or call 302-846-7820 for more information.

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. is a shortline railroad holding company with four railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania; the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia; and the new Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2015, we handled nearly 80,000 shipments, equating to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

2016 Toys for Tots on the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad

On Saturday, November 19th 2016, railcar owners from the Northeastern United States will be riding on the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad from Mount Pleasant to Greensburg, Penn., stopping at: Cook’s Lumber in Mount Pleasant, the SWP Train Station office in Scottdale, the PA Rt 31 crossing in Tarrs, Supervalu Inc., Youngwood Railroad Museum, and Greengate Rd behind Walmart at the Railroad crossing, and then return.  The trip will collect toys and cash donations for the U.S. Marines’ annual Toys for Tots campaign.  This will be the first year that SWP has hosted NARCOA.  Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad employees have been collecting toys to prepare for this event.

NARCOA is a national organization that restores railcars and charters railroads around the country for excursions. The railcars, also known as “speeders”, were used by the railroads for track inspection and maintenance.  Most railroads now use trucks equipped with rail wheels and so the older railcars were sold off to individuals. For more information on NARCOA, visit their website.

The group will be leaving Mount Pleasant at the Savage Intermodal Terminal at 8:00 AM, arriving at Cook’s approx. 8:20 AM, Scottdale approx. 10:15 AM, Tarrs approx. 11:15 AM, Youngwood approx. 12:45 PM, Greensburg approx. 2:00 PM, and then return, stopping at the same locations for about 15 minutes each as time and daylight allow.  Times are approximate based on weather conditions.

Please meet us along the tracks with your donations, safely flag us down and we will gladly stop.  (Please stay off of and away from the tracks.) A new, wrapped toy for either a boy or girl will make an underprivileged child very happy this holiday season.  All toys and donations collected on this trip will be used in Westmoreland County. In 2015, the group collected 2 pickup loads of toys which were desperately needed to fill requests. They also raised almost $3,000. There are many families in the area that are finding it difficult to provide toys for their children this year.  Your help will make many Christmas brighter this year with your thoughtful donations.  For questions, please email Event Coordinator John Gonder.

If you are unable to meet the railcar riders along the tracks, please drop off a toy (or several) at any Toys for Tots drop-box. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

John Gonder of Ruffs Dale, PA has his motorcar and TOY BOX trailer decorated for the annual Toys for Tots ride in Central Pennsylvania in December, 2015.

John Gonder of Ruffs Dale, PA has his motorcar and TOY BOX trailer decorated for the annual Toys for Tots ride in Central Pennsylvania in December, 2015.

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, 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 nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

SWP Welcomes Dunbar Township Business Park

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council has announced the opening of Phase I of the Dunbar Township Business Park, located along Route 119 and Pechin Road, with the immediate availability of eleven “shovel ready” sites.  Carload Express, Inc. personnel were in attendance at the Grand Opening ceremony that was held in July, and congratulate Fay-Penn on this significant accomplishment.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Planning for the new business park began in 2011 to address a critical shortfall in available land to accommodate the influx of gas, energy and advanced technology companies. This $4.8+ million project began in 2012 when Fay-Penn purchased a 207-acre site along Pechin Road, and an additional 104 acres of adjoining property located along the Southwest Pennsylvania (“SWP”) Rail line.  The SWP line borders almost a mile worth of frontage within the Dunbar Township Business Park, providing the potential for rail service to a substantial portion of the planned development.

Approximately 80 acres in Phase I are now fully-developed with roads, utilities and street lighting in-place.  It is estimated that 250+/- saleable acres will be available upon completion of all three phases. When fully developed, Fay-Penn anticipates that the park will accommodate approximately 1,100 new, permanent jobs and generate $44 million in annual payroll, $8.4 million in annual real estate tax, and $110 million in local economic impact.

Fay-Penn Executive Director Bob Shark stated that “these types of site development projects don’t just happen overnight. The Dunbar Township Business Park is the realization of many years of planning and work. The park offers a number of business amenities: significant land area to handle various types and sizes of businesses, rail accessibility, and proximity to major markets in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, the Joseph A. Hardy Airport, easy access to several major highways, and the Penn State Fayette Campus. It’s also in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region.

For more information about rail service to the Dunbar Township Business Park, please contact Mike Filoni at (412) 426-2600 or mikefiloni@carloadexpress.com.

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, 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 nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

Carload Express selected for GE’s 2016 Fast Track Awards

Carload Express has been selected as a 2016 Fast Track Award winner by GE Transportation at the 2016 Client Conference in Atlanta, Ga.  GE’s Fast Track Award recognizes customers who achieved measurable success through the use of GE Transportation’s software and solutions, and whose results set them apart as an innovator in the rail and rail shipper industry.

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, 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 nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

Carload Express Recognized for Outstanding Work at Norfolk Southern Annual Shortline Conference

OAKMONT, Pa. (May 18, 2016) — Carload Express announced today that it has received several awards for its marketing work at Norfolk Southern’s 15th annual shortline meeting in Norfolk, Virginia.

The 2016 awards are:

  • Ohio Terminal Railway – 2502 Silver Business Initiative Award
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad – 2502 Silver Business Initiative Award
  • Allegheny Valley Railway – 2502 Platinum Business Initiative Award
  • Ohio Terminal Railway – Chemical Group Marketing Achievement Award

“We credit our employees for this success, as their hard work delivers excellent results. The entire Carload Express team appreciates this recognition. We truly value our outstanding relationship with Norfolk Southern.”

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, 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 nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

Carload Express Awarded State Grants For Rail Improvements

OAKMONT, Pa. (May 18, 2016) — Carload Express railroads and customers will benefit from several grant awards by Gov. Tom Wolf through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The grants were awarded through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP), a capital budget grant program funded with bonds.

Three awards were announced, all within the service area of our Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP):

  • In Fayette County, D&I Silica will receive $1.3 million to extend the switching lead track and two unloading pit yard tracks, replace track, and relocate a turnout to create a yard for operational flexibility.
  • Also in Fayette County, the SWP will receive $2 million to install five-yard tracks and a runaround track to improve Bowest Yard.
  • In Westmoreland County, in partnership with Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation, $1.1 million has been awarded to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision.

Carload Express appreciates the support of Gov. Wolf, state lawmakers and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for this vital program. These enhancements will allow us to continue to invest in our shortlines that provide critical transportation infrastructure needs for our region’s businesses that rely on rail to deliver their goods.

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About Carload Express

Carload Express Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, 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 nearly 80,000 shipments we handle annually equate to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways each year, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.

Carload Express, Inc. announces sale of rail assets to Camp Chase Railway Company, LLC

Carload Express, Inc. announces that its Camp Chase Railroad Company has sold its line of railroad to Camp Chase Railway Company, LLC; a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indiana Boxcar Corporation.  Camp Chase Railway (“CAMY”) assumes operations of the 14-mile rail line, which runs from Columbus to Lilly Chapel, Ohio, beginning Thursday October 1, 2015.

Inquiries to Camp Chase Railway Company, LLC may be directed to:

Monica Struewing
Manager – Operations Support
916 Vine St.
Connersville, IN 47331
(765) 825-0316

About Indiana Boxcar Corporation

Indiana Boxcar Corporation was founded in 1988 and presently owns 3 other short line railroads operating in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

www.indianaboxcar.net

About Carload Express

Carload Express, Inc. operates three shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania, and the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia.

www.carloadexpress.com

New Locomotives on Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad

Last week, Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad accepted delivery of locomotive SWP 4006 & SWP 406.  This fuel-efficient pair features a GP40-2 mated to a GP38 core that was rebuilt into a slug unit. The resultant locomotive, which we call an “HD40-2”, is essentially a 3000 HP diesel-electric with 8 powered axles and two fuel tanks.  SWP 4006 was rebuilt and repainted, and SWP 406 was constructed from a former Penn Central GP38 as a tractive effort booster unit.  This work was completed by Metro East Industries, Inc. of St. Louis, Ill.

DUG East Prize Winner – Carload Express Framed Picture

Carload Express congratulates Jaime Garayua of Sulmona Energy, LLC as the winner of our DUG East conference prize.  Jaime won a framed photo of an Allegheny Valley Railroad train passing the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, taken by our own Mike Filoni.

AVR-1 passing the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

AVR-1 passing the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Carload Express Awaits July 8 SEDA-COG Decision

Carload Express, parent company of the Allegheny Valley (AVR), Southwest Pennsylvania (SWP), Camp Chase (CCRA), and Ohio Terminal (OHIO) railroads, has submitted a proposal to operate rail lines owned by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (the JRA) in Central Pennsylvania.  The selected rail operator would commence operations over the JRA’s lines on July 1, 2017.  The JRA expects to make a decision to select an operator on July 8, 2015.

In addition to our written proposal, Carload Express made a presentation to the JRA on May 4, 2015.  Our PowerPoint presentation, Change Worth Making, is available at our website on www.carloadexpress.com/news.

In our presentation, we highlight our proposal’s increase in safety, increase in track maintenance, increase in rail freight service, and increase in marketing and industrial development strength.

If Carload Express is selected as operator:

  • The SEDA-COG’s eight-county region gains a quantum leap in rail safety, by reducing rail injuries and train accident risks
  • The JRA gains $9.3 million of new operating fees, and $16.9 million of new track maintenance (over the seven-year contract term)
  • Rail employee wages increase 20%, and we introduce overtime pay after 40-hours per week (at time-and-a-half)
  • Shippers on JRA lines receive more frequent rail service – 77% more weekly trips, and the introduction of overnight rail service
  • Communities benefit from a safe, efficient operator with an excellent track record for growth – 37% annual average growth over the last 5 years!

We thank the JRA for the opportunity to participate in this historic process.

View our May 4, 2015 PowerPoint Presentation (Adobe PDF), entitled Change Worth Making.

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.
Learn more at www.carloadexpress.com

Carload Express Receives NS Shortline Marketing Awards

June 10, 2015

Carload Express appreciates the recognition received at Norfolk Southern’s annual shortline railroad conference in Roanoke, Va.   Carload Express railroads were presented with five (5) Shortline Marketing Awards as follows:

  • Ohio Terminal Railway – 2015 Platinum Business Development Award
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad – 2015 Platinum Business Development Awards
  • Ohio Terminal Railway – 2015 Industrial Development Recognition Award
  • Ohio Terminal Railway – 2015 Metals and Construction Group Award for Business Development
  • Allegheny Valley Railway – 2015 NS Northern Region General Managers Award

We credit our employees for this success, as their hard work delivers excellent results.  The entire Carload Express team is grateful for this recognition and for our outstanding relationship with Norfolk Southern.

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.
Learn more at www.carloadexpress.com

New Marketing Staff

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.
Learn more at www.carloadexpress.com

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!

Our website has been updated with a new design and some refreshed content, optimized for use on today’s larger monitors as well as smartphones. We hope you find the information you need! Visit www.carloadexpress.com to get started.  (And if not, please contact us!)