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U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits Delmarva Central Railroad

July 2, 2019 (Harrington, DE) – Delmarva Central Railroad Co. (DCR) hosted a visit from U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and his office.  The group toured DCR’s operations headquarters in Harrington Delaware on July 1, viewing locomotives and enjoying a locomotive cab ride from Harrington to Clayton.  DCR’s leadership team reviewed rail safety and highlighted the importance of rail freight transportation to the Delmarva Peninsula and its impact on the region’s economy.

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About Delmarva Central Railroad

The Delmarva Central Railroad Company (DCR), a subsidiary of Carload Express Inc. (CEI), operates 188 miles of rail line in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  The lines run from near Porter, Delaware, (south of Wilmington) south to Hallwood, Virginia; and from Harrington, Delaware, to Frankford, Delaware, with branches to Milton and Gravel Hill.  DCR interchanges with Norfolk Southern, as well as the Maryland & Delaware Railroad in several locations on the Delmarva Peninsula.  DCR helps keep over 100,000 trucks off of Delaware’s highways each year.

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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula.   The company handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The company and its 100 employees operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, serving over 100 customers on 344 route miles of track.  For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

Allegheny Valley Railroad acquires CSXT rail lines in Western Pennsylvania

Oakmont, PA – May 20, 2019 – Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. (AVR) has completed the purchase of 47.5 miles of rail lines from CSX Transportation (CSXT) that AVR has leased and operated since 2003 in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The lines in the transaction include the former CSX yard at Glenwood in Pittsburgh, the W&P subdivision from Glenwood to Washington, PA including the Tylerdale connecting track; and the P&W subdivision running north towards Evans City, PA.

“The acquisition of these lines strengthens our commitment to our customers and the region, and allows us to continue our program of continuous reinvestment in our rail network” said president Mark Rosner.  “We are grateful for our relationship with CSX and look forward to serving our customers for many years to come.”

The transaction closed on May 15, and no operational or employment changes are anticipated as a result.

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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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula.   The company handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The company and its 85 employees operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, serving over 100 customers on 344 route miles of track.  For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

Carload Express to Operate Delaware State-Owned Rail Lines

Oakmont, PA, December 4, 2018 – Carload Express, Inc. announced a second expansion of rail freight service in the Delmarva Peninsula.   Carload’s Delmarva Central Railroad (“DCR”) was selected through competitive bid to operate two rail lines owned by the State of Delaware, extending from Georgetown to near Harbeson, Delaware (the “Lewes Running Track”) and from Ellendale to near Milton, Delaware (the “Milton Industrial Track”), a total of 11.7 miles.  These lines, presently operated by Delaware Coast Line Railroad (“DCLR”), connect with DCR at Ellendale and Georgetown, respectively.

The state-owned lines will be served by DCR’s existing freight service, with connections to Norfolk Southern via DCR’s interchanges at Clayton and Tasker, Del.

“We express our gratitude to Delaware Department of Transportation for having selected Carload Express to serve the customers on their rail lines” said president Mark Rosner.  “We are proud to be able to introduce seamless service to the customers in eastern Delaware and deliver the customer-centric service we have come to be known for.”

With this addition, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, Delmarva Central Railroad’s network will total 188 miles in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, serving over 45 customers.

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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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula.   The company handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The company and its 85 employees operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, serving over 100 customers on 344 route miles of track.  For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

SWP Welcomes Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland

2017-commerce-crossing-at-westmoreland-document-centerWestmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) has announced the recent ground breaking of Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland, a new industrial park near Waltz Mill, Penn., served by Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP), a subsidiary of Carload Express, Inc.

The future park is a result of years of effort by WCIDC to acquire and develop the property, when completed, will consist of five pad-ready parcels, each ranging in size from 18-29 acres. The park will provide pad-ready sites with direct access to the Interstate highway system and the SWP, which offers a direct connection to the national rail network. “This development is a great example of our partnership with WCIDC. We worked closely with them to find a location that had all the attributes that can support this kind of development” said Carload Express Chief Marketing Officer Mike Filoni. “The combination of reliable rail service, highway access, and location close to a thriving metropolitan area like Pittsburgh should be very attractive for companies looking to bring in manufacturing facilities to our region.”

To learn more about Commerce Crossing, please follow the link below:

https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/2788/Commerce-Crossing-at-Westmoreland

Carload Express Expands Rail Freight Service to Virginia

Oakmont, PA, June 11, 2018 – Carload Express, Inc. announced expansion of rail freight service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, through the lease of 14.8 miles of rail line between Pocomoke City, Md. and Hallwood, Virginia.  After the cessation of Bay Coast Railroad’s rail operations in May, Carload’s Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) entered into a lease and operating agreement with the underlying landowner, Canonie Atlantic Co. (CAC), to restore and enhance rail service on the northern portion of the former Bay Coast Railroad.  This portion of rail line will be served by DCR’s Delmar, Delaware, freight service, with connections to Norfolk Southern via DCR’s interchanges at Clayton and Tasker, Delaware.

“Carload Express is excited to incorporate this new line into its existing DCR operations and to begin providing efficient customer-focused rail service to its new customers in Virginia,” said president Mark Rosner.  “Our agreement with CAC supports industrial development on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and provides a long-term solution for rail service in Accomack County.”

With this addition, Delmarva Central Railroad’s network totals 177 miles in three states, serving over 40 customers.

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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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula.   The company handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The company and its 85 employees operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, serving over 100 customers on 333 route miles of track.  For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

The Commonwealth Court Rules in Favor of Carload Express in the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority Suit and Upholds Longstanding Common Law Principles

Oakmont, PA, May 7, 2018 – Carload Express, Inc. announced its satisfaction with a unanimous decision on May 3, 2018 by a three-member Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania appellate panel that respected common law provisions that support the awarding of the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) freight railroad Operating Agreement to Carload Express.  As a result, the court’s decision stated that: “Carload has a legal right to be awarded the operating agreement.”

At the center of the case has been clarification on the JRA’s interpretation of the Municipal Authorities Act and the JRA’s ability to deviate from longstanding common law precedents.  The JRA orally announced, after it issued the written Request for Proposal (RFP), that a nine-out-of-ten majority vote would be needed to award the contract even when six of the board members had formally withdrawn from the RFP process entirely.

This result means that Carload Express is now authorized to succeed Susquehanna Union Railroad Co., in the operation of five shortline routes in Centre, Lycoming, Northumberland, Mifflin, Montour, Columbia, and Clinton Counties.

“Carload Express applauds the decision of the Commonwealth Court, which lifts the cloud of confusion and uncertainty that had been hindering the JRA’s RFP process and has delayed a new operating agreement for more than two years,” said chairman Russell Peterson.  “Since that time, Carload Express nearly doubled its locomotive fleet to a total of 44 and started operations on its new Delmarva Central Railroad subsidiary in Delaware and Maryland, which serves customers on 162 miles of track.

“Since the outset of the RFP process, Carload Express’s goal has been to bring its customer-focused approach to the customers on the JRA’s lines in central Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with the JRA as its new freight operator, and we are hopeful that the Commonwealth Court’s decision can be taken by all parties as an opportunity to move past the confusion, delay, and expense of any further litigation.”

Carload Express Received the Highest Point Score and Majority Vote Among Eligible Voters

In 2014, the JRA issued an RFP for a new operating agreement for a freight operator on the JRA’s lines. The JRA’s Board of Directors consists of 16 members appointed by the JRA’s eight member counties. Based on their existing relationships with companies that deal directly with the JRA’s incumbent freight provider, six board members felt it necessary to withdraw from the RFP process to avoid the appearance of any bias in the RFP process.

During the RFP process, the JRA announced that under its own independent interpretation of the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act, it would require the affirmative votes of at least nine board members before awarding a new operating agreement to any candidate, even though only 10 board members would be voting.

Carload Express had the highest point score at the end of the RFP process.

On July 8, 2015, the JRA held a voting meeting attended by all 16 board members. Seven of ten voting members voted in favor of awarding the new operating agreement to Carload Express, three opposed, and the six withdrawn members were physically present and did not vote. Six of the eight counties that make up the JRA cast a vote in favor of Carload Express as the next operator of the JRA lines.

Based on its prior announcement of the nine-vote requirement, the JRA took the position that the final vote count had failed to meet its own requirements to award the operating agreement.

The JRA then filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Clinton County, where the JRA maintained that the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act requires no less than nine affirmative votes when 16 board members are physically present but six board members do not vote.

Commonwealth Court Disagrees with JRA on How Voting Should be Counted

In the written decision on behalf of the Commonwealth Court’s three-member panel, Judge Robert Simpson said: “If the (Municipal Authorities) Act’s language supplanted common law, it would ironically allow the abstaining members to control the outcome of the vote by choosing to abstain. Such a result is absurd.”

While the Clinton County trial court initially sided with the JRA, holding that nine votes were required under the facts of the case, the Commonwealth Court reversed that decision on appeal.

The Commonwealth Court, which is the Pennsylvania appellate court that specializes in public-sector laws and government regulation, held that the Municipal Authorities Act does not override the longstanding common law rules of voting.

The 7–3 vote held by the JRA’s Board of Directors passed the motion to award the new operating agreement to Carload Express. The Commonwealth Court held that the JRA did not have the ability to impose a nine-vote requirement in the absence of a formal amendment to its bylaws, which had not been amended. Further, the court held that because Carload Express received the highest score in the RFP process and received the necessary majority of the votes cast (7-3), Carload Express has a legal right to the immediate execution of a new operating agreement.

Full Commonwealth Court Opinion

http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Commonwealth/out/617CD17_5-3-18.pdf?cb=1

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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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula.   The company handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. The company and its 85 employees operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, serving over 100 customers on 318 route miles.  For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.

Carload Express Announces New President and Executive Leadership Changes

OAKMONT, Penna., January 31, 2018 – Carload Express, Inc. announces this week that Mark Rosner has been named President, effective immediately.

Jim Streett has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited to welcome Mark Rosner to our executive team, where his significant industry experience will prove to be tremendously valuable” said Russell Peterson who has been promoted to the new role of Chairman, as part of Carload Express’ corporate succession planning.

Peterson added, “We are also happy to recognize Jim Streett’s distinguished railroad career through his promotion, and we are grateful for all of Jim’s contributions over the last decade.”

About Mark Rosner

Mr. Rosner has over 30 years of wide-reaching rail industry experience, ranging from U.S. short line, regional and Class I railroads to successful startups and turnarounds worldwide.  Mr. Rosner earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alfred University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

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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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. We handled 90,000 shipments last year, equating to roughly 360,000 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.

Contact: Tim O’Brien (412) 854-8845

Carload Express Celebrates 25th Anniversary

OAKMONT, Pa. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Carload Express Inc. (CEI) today kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration by unveiling a new video that highlights the commitment of our employees to providing excellent rail service to our customers.   The company was founded on Dec. 16, 1992, as Trimax Holdings, and rebranded as Carload Express in 1999. Today, CEI has 85 employees and operates four shortline railroads serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Delaware.

The video can viewed here: http://carloadexpress.com/25th-video/ (or, see below).

The company added a new timeline to its website to illustrate the company’s growth and milestones, which can be found here: http://carloadexpress.com/company-history/.

In celebration of this milestone, for the next year, CEI will use the commemorative corporate logo featured above.

CEI operates four shortline railroads: Delmarva Central, Allegheny Valley, Southwest Pennsylvania and Ohio Terminal railroads.  Since beginning operations in 1992 with 4 locomotives handling 4,400 annual carloads, Carload Express has grown its traffic over 1,700 percent to handling nearly 90,000 carloads per year. Over the last year, Carload purchased 17 additional locomotives to support today’s operations and future company expansion, bringing the company’s fleet to 46 locomotives.

A significant accomplishment was last year’s start-up of 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.

“We’re delighted to mark this milestone,” said Carload Express CEO Russell Peterson.  “Twenty five years ago, we set out to revitalize rail lines that others have cast off, by improving service to shippers, growing traffic, and reinvesting in our rail lines for now and into the future. We’re proud to see that vision realized as we turn our focus to the next 25 years. We are tremendously grateful to our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and the communities that we serve.”

Carload Express 25th Anniversary 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 Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. We anticipate handling approximately 90,000 shipments this year, equating to roughly 360,000 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.

Contact: David La Torre, 717.608.6337

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.