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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