Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:27 am

NS 310 went into emergency in Addison yesterday, for reasons unknown. The South Street crossing was apparently blocked for several hours, according to a couple of FB reports.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:33 am

After a brief experiment (roughly 2 months), NS 205 and 206 have been restored to Mechanicville, NS had moved their respective origination and termination points to Buffalo but that had created a bottleneck there. According to a good source on FB, NS 206 will be on the Tier today.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:10 am

There have been several I2K and I3K symbols in use over the past 1-2 weeks through Binghamton, in addition to the standard 22K/23K symbols. I'm guessing we won't be hearing the IxK symbols so much going forward? Will Taylor DS intermodals be carried on 206 or 22K?
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby malfunctjct » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:09 am

For the record, 205/206 haven't been reinstated east of Buffalo. Still using extra symbols (I2K and I3K).
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:45 pm

Please refer to the following FB page for information regarding NS 205 and 206:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dandhsouthline/?fref=ts

Sorry, I can't provide links to individual posts there. The posts regarding the updates to NS 205 and 206 are dated October 20th.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby malfunctjct » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:28 pm

Only 2 of the 206's have run and not 1 205 east of Buffalo. The employee who released this info was jumping the gun. They will probably (hopefully) come back soon but they aren't back yet.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby ANDY117 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:34 am

There have been 205s out of Mechanicville for the past 2 days, along with 206s out of Buffalo, so hopefully they're back for good. Time will tell, as is the way out here.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:31 am

Another run of NS 205 was confirmed leaving Binghamton yesterday.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby CPF363 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:06 pm

These going on to Ayer yet?
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:10 pm

NS 206 terminates and NS 205 originates at Mechanicville, just as they did prior to late August.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:00 am

Here we go again: NS 206 will terminate and NS 205 will originate at Buffalo again. The traffic between Buffalo and Mechanicville is being handled handled by NS 22K, 23K, 28N and 287. This operational change began on Monday 1/16, as per a trusted source.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:22 pm

According to a discussion a few months back on Facebook, NS 206 and 205 were moved from Mechanicville to Buffalo in late August so their traffic could be combined with NS 26R and 27R respectively. The change was supposed to alleviate congestion at Toledo (which it apparently did) but created new headaches in Buffalo. NS 205 in particular had to be held until 23K arrived, which wreaked havoc with schedules. NS ran alot of extras (usually I3K) as an attempted fix, which led to management to reinstate 205 and 206 on the Tier in late October.

It remains to be seen whether the changes to NS 205 and 206 will be long term. I wouldn't be surprised if NS extends them again to Mechanicville in a few months.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:06 pm

Today was pretty hectic on the Tier, according to several reports. NS 205 and 206 both ran thru Binghamton today. There was an I3K on the Tier, too. Gang Mills turned into a bit of a bottle neck because NS 309 was delayed due to an issue in the middle of the train. NS 23K and I3K had to go around it at reduced speed.

Finally, NS is assembling M4N in Harrisburg. Not sure what the load or the ETA will be, but M4N is bound for the transload facility in Horseheads.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:22 am

Over on NS Southern Tier FB page, the belief is M4N is a frac sand unit train destined for the HOST transload facility at Horseheads (this town is where NS HQ should be ;-)). And per NS radio chatter this AM, there may shortly be a 2nd M4N train headed up the Sunbury line to Binghamton/Tier.

HOST Terminal web site: http://hostterminalweb.appspot.com/

And here's a URL to HOST "Sand" page featuring a 4+ minute video with lots of scenes of NS activity at the warehouse: http://hostterminalweb.appspot.com/sand/
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:41 pm

Thanks, John! I have read the updates on FB. The trains were apparently redesignated as 62Z, which NS has used for other unit sand trains on the Tier. The first 62Z did go to Horseheads, and dropped off 10 loads of sand. The remainder of the train went to the B&H in Painted Post- it will eventually go to the Wellsboro & Corning RR. The second 62Z is going to be interchanged with Suzie-Q at Binghamton.

Also, NS combined 36T and 28N for today only.
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