CSXT Schedules Weekly Business Car for Employees
CSXT now operates a regularly scheduled business car one day a week in each direction between Jacksonville and Washington for use by employees on company business. The car, operating on the rear of Amtrak trains 81 and 88, leaves from Jacksonville on Tuesdays and from Washington on Thursdays. The service is an experiment to evaluate its money-saving potential for business travel.
CSXT Donates FP7A Unit to C&O Historical Society
Retired CSXT FP7A unit 116 has been donated to the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society. Tentative plans are to paint the unit into C&O passenger colors, renumber it 8016, and eventually restore it to operating condition.
Fulton Yard Coaling Tower Demolished
The landmark 1920s-era 800-ton capacity coaling tower at CSXT's Fulton Yard in Richmond was demolished February 2.
Conrail, Amtrak Ask ICC to Settle Track Maintenance Dispute
Conrail and Amtrak have applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission to resolve a dispute over Conrail's recovery of incremental track maintenance costs for Amtrak's use of Conrail tracks.
Conrail Buying 5000-Horsepower Locomotives from EMD
Conrail will purchase 21 SD80MAC locomotives from EMD for delivery beginning mid-1995. The units will be rated at 5000 horsepower.
BN Buying 500 Jumbo Covered Grain Hoppers
Burlington Northern has announced the purchase of 500 jumbo covered grain hoppers from Trinity Industries. The cars, which will be delivered beginning in April, have a gross-weight capacity of 286,000 pounds.
B&O Museum Names Gerald Kunzio Curator
Gerald Kunzio has been named curator of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
Plans for Power Line to Cross East Broad Top Dropped
General Public Utilities has withdrawn a planned project to build a 500-kilovolt transmission line across Pennsylvania which would have crossed the East Broad Top Railroad a number of times. The Friends of the East Broad Top organization had been a party to regulatory proceedings while the matter was debated due to the project's potential impact upon the railroad's status as a landmark. The project was withdrawn following a rejection by the regulatory commission in New Jersey of a wholesale power purchase agreement for which the line would primarily have been built.
CSXT Adds Business Unit
The C&O Name Lives On!
CSXT president and CEO Pete Carpenter announced on February 23 that the company is forming a business unit devoted to the management of all aspects of the railroad's business operations on the principal coal-hauling lines of the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. It will be called the C&O Business Unit.
Michael Ward, who has served as CSXT's vice president-coal, will head the unit, which will be based in Huntington, West Virginia. He will be joined by 15 to 20 managers who will be responsible for the unit's administration, finance, operations, sales and marketing. According to the announcement, the staff will be in place by May 1.
The operating territory of the unit extends from Toledo, Ohio, to Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Newport News, Virginia - essentially the limits of the present-day Huntington Division. Employees already located in the territory involved will comprise the C&O Business Unit Team, according to the announcement.
The C&O Business Unit is the fourth such unit established by CSXT in recent years. The others are CSX Intermodal, the Florida Business Unit (formerly the Fertilizer Business Unit), and the Cumberland Coal Business Unit. In addition to their business responsibilities, the latter two units have operational autonomy of the territory the same as though they were operating divisions. It is understood that the C&O Business Unit will likewise have such autonomy.