Conrail's Trent Tower Closes
Conrail's Trent Tower in West Trenton, New Jersey, has closed. Control has been transferred to SEPTA's Wind Tower. This leaves NK Tower in Newark as the last genuine Conrail tower still in service in New Jersey.
Paul Reistrup Joins CSXT
Paul Reistrup, a former president of Amtrak, has joined CSXT as vice president of passenger integration. He will be responsible for integrating passenger and freight operations across the CSXT system, with a particular focus on the lines north of Philadelphia that CSXT intends to acquire from Conrail. Earlier in his career, in the 1960's, he was director of passenger services for the C&O and B&O.
CSXT Upgrading Corridor From New Orleans
CSXT has been upgrading its corridor from the New Orleans gateway to Montgomery and Pensacola with $9.4-million in capital projects. These include extension of the south yard tracks, addition of seven new tracks, and construction of a new mechanical shop at Gentilly Yard in New Orleans; new passing sidings at Mobile, Alabama, and Avalon, Florida; extension of a passing siding at Molino, Florida; upgrading signals at four locations in Mississippi and at Flomaton Yard in Alabama; and other improvements. The upgrades began early this year and are expected to be completed by October.
CSXT Announces Conrail Integration Moves to Jacksonville Headquarters
From the portions of Conrail that CSXT intends to acquire, customer service centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and the crew management center in Dearborn, Michigan, are slated to be transferred to Jacksonville by the end of 1999. According to CSXT, dispatching centers at Indianapolis and Albany will "transition gradually into the CSXT system," with no date for transfers of those functions being given. CSXT's General Office Building in Jacksonville will be the railroad's headquarters.
Norfolk Southern Declares Three-for-One Stock Split
Norfolk Southern has declared a three-for-one common stock split to become effective in early September.
Norfolk Southern Repainting Cabooses for Local and Mine Run Service
Norfolk Southern has begun repainting cabooses at Roanoke, Virginia, for use in local and mine run service. At least 25 are expected to be repainted.