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Bay Coast Railway?

Postby CPSK » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:29 am

Hi;
I'm mapping rr lines in the Del-Mar-Va area. Google Earth image of 2013 shows that the BCR yard at Cape Charles still has some activity. But looking at a more recent (2014) street-view map from the Old Cape Charles rd overpass, the yard looks abandoned. Farther up the line, it looks like BCR is still in operation though. Can anyone tell me how far south the line is still active?

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby BAR » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:19 pm

I am also curious about how much activity there is on the line. I passed through Cape Charles on Sunday, July 24 and there were about twenty covered hopper cars deep in the yard. There were also five covered hoppers in Nassawadox that day. My daughter drove up the Eastern Shore yesterday (7/30) and she called to tell me there were now nine covered hoppers on the Nassawadox siding. She also saw a train on Saturday (7/29) with a locomotive lettered for the Eastern Shore Railroad and two covered hoppers. If someone could provide an update on what active customers are located on the line it would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby CPSK » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:16 pm

Did some additional Google Street View on Bayshore ave. There's a cement plant there - Bayshore Concrete - near the east end of the yard. Several covered hoppers there. Perhaps they still get deliveries by rail?
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby riffian » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:03 pm

Figures for the last available month (June 2016) show that Bay Coast handled a total of 352 carloads, but only 15 loads were from the Eastern Shore. KMX Chemical - 3 inbound cars; Coastline Chemical - 4 inbound cars; Bayshore Concrete - 4 inbound cars; and Pep Up Gas - 4 inbound cars. The other 337 cars were handled on the Little Creek side where there are several good sized customers. Accomack County Transportation Commission website has monthly figures, broken down by consignees.
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby BAR » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:45 pm

Thanks for the heads up on the Accomack County website. I will check car volume there in the future.

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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby riffian » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:16 pm

Are the two derelict units still at Cape Charles?
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby riffian » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:54 pm

The November Accomack transportation minutes report that Bay Coast lost their largest customer, DCP, on the Little Creek side. DCP stored loaded Butane tanks and was far and away the largest customer on the railroad. The Cape Charles side continues to struggle along, although inbound loaded LPG cars usually give the railroad a boost at this time of year.
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby RailVet » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:35 pm

The BCR is now facing the loss of another customer. See:

Bayshore Concrete puts 90-acre plant on Cape Charles coast up for sale
https://pilotonline.com/business/biz-bu ... 9d69b.html
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Re: Bay Coast Railway?

Postby riffian » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:47 pm

Bad news for sure, but hopefully not fatal. Bayshore Concrete is an on-again, off-again customer, who a few years ago pledged a commitment to Bay Coast to increase carloadings after a total of only 8 cars the previous year. Most of the large concrete members fabricated there went out by truck and barge, or a combination thereof. Outbound loads did con
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Re: Bay Coast Railway? continued...

Postby riffian » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:04 pm

consist of nuclear casks, which were the most valuable, by carloading, traffic Bay Shore enjoyed. The problem will be that there is no remaining traffic on the south end of the railroad. Pep-up Gas, north of Exmore (30 miles north of Cape Charles) is the southern most business on the railroad. unfortunately this ( and Sharp Energy) is a very seasonal inbound shipper, with almost all traffic occurring December through March. The southern most year round customer is Helena Chemical (inbound liquid fertilizer) in Tasley, but only a had full of cars per year. 13 cars last year.

So for the 67 mile railroad, almost all the traffic is to Coastline Chemical and KMX Chemical, both in New Church, VA, only 7 miles south of Pocomoke. The rest of the traffic is concentrated north of Tasley, 30 miles from Pocomoke. Although a public entity and immune from normal market forces, Bay Shore traffic is dangerously thin.
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