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October 1998


All American Diesel Becomes Pumpkin

CSXT GP38 unit 2002 (formerly B&O-3802, the Trains Magazine's "All American Diesel") has been converted into a maintenance of way (Pumpkin) unit. Its new number is 9699.


CSXT Mates Road Slugs with GP38-2's

CSXT has begun mating road slugs with GP38-2's. RDSLUG 2347, added to the roster late last month, has been mated with unit 2500, and at least three other GP38-2's are currently being readied for similar operation. Previously, road slugs had been mated exclusively with GP40-2's in the 6400 and 6900 series.


CSXT Converting to Uniform Freight Blocking Code System

CSXT is converting to a uniform system of freight blocking codes which will conform to the coding system in use on Conrail-acquired territories. The new codes, already in use on the southern portion of CSXT, will replace the numeric codes of the northern portion (the former Chessie System) with alpha codes.Examples include: symbol 70 (Cumberland) will become CBL, symbol 71 (Clifton Forge) will become CFG, and symbol 90 (Richmond/Fulton) will become RICF. The effective date for the conversion is October 4.


CSX Intermodal Opens New Terminal in Chicago

CSX Intermodal opened a $39-million, 132-acre terminal facility at 59th Street in Chicago on September 14. The terminal has a 10-lane gate, more than 2,000 parking spaces, and capacity to handle over 500,000 trailers and containers annually. Initially, six trains a day will use the facility.


CSXT Extends "Business Casual" Dress Code Policy

CSXT has extended indefinitely its "business casual" dress code policy for its business offices. "Jackets and ties are not required, but traditional business attire remains an appropriate option," according to the company.


Ike Evans Appointed President & CEO of Union Pacific

Ike Evans, formerly senior vice president of Emerson Electric Company, has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad. He replaces Jerry Davis, who has been elected vice chairman.


UN Tower Saved for Preservation

The Beaver Valley Junction Chapter NRHS has purchased "UN" Tower at New Castle Junction, Pennsylvania, and intends to relocate the structure to the site on Cherry Street in Mahoningtown of a railcar exhibit being developed by the Penn-Ohio Railway Museum. Once refurbished, the tower will house rail artifacts and displays focusing on western Pennsylvania. The tower, which closed November 5, 1995, had controlled the junction of the former B&O's P&W Subdivision with the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie mainline at the east end of New Castle Yard.