Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:05 am

NS 206 is currently in Bingo and should head up the D&H shortly.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby pumpers » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:29 am

what does 206 carry? Autos, intermodal, ...? And where (in Massachusetts??) is it going? (or did it used to go 6 months ago)?
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:45 am

NS 206 is an eastbound intermodal. The train used to run from Chicago to Mechanicville, but was was cut back to Buffalo in late 2016. Since then, the stacks have been forwarded east of Buffalo via NS 28N and/or NS 22K. This particular NS 206 ran east of Buffalo due to the spike in intermodal traffic that normally occurs during the fall. It seems to be one time only, as I've read no other reports of NS 206 running east of Buffalo since then.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:44 am

NS 206 ran east of Buffalo again on Saturday night. Again, I don't know if it will become a regular occurrence like it was prior to the fall of 2016.

I've also noticed that NS 28N has double stacks now, while NS 22K has more single stacks. Everything feels like NS is shifting the traffic patterns on the Tier for the road freights, but there has been no confirmation. It could just be a seasonal reshuffle reflecting the normal fall peak for intermodal traffic.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:31 pm

NS 28N hit a tree in Chemung this afternoon, which took out a ditch light and damaged a number board on the lead unit (number unknown).
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby johnpbarlow » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:40 am

Matt Langworthy wrote:NS 206 ran east of Buffalo again on Saturday night. Again, I don't know if it will become a regular occurrence like it was prior to the fall of 2016.

I've also noticed that NS 28N has double stacks now, while NS 22K has more single stacks. Everything feels like NS is shifting the traffic patterns on the Tier for the road freights, but there has been no confirmation. It could just be a seasonal reshuffle reflecting the normal fall peak for intermodal traffic.


Maybe rather than putting overflow Ayer single stack containers on 206/28N, NS puts Mechanicville doublestacks from 206 on 28N (at Buffalo?). 22K still hauls Taylor double stacks that are set out at Binghamton. East of Binghamton, 22K seems to be all single stacks (presumably destined for Ayer) these days. So the net of these logistics might be that time consuming 22K work/filleting at Mechanicville is now eliminated reducing Chicago to Ayer container transit times (to better compete with CSX in this lane?)? The Mechanicville intermodal yard is not large and there's not a lot of NS or PAS track to stage eb/wb trains for the yard. So it might make operational sense to have only one pair of trains, 28N/287, work the Mechanicville yard permitting 22K/23K to do crew change and depart. Just guessing...
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Deeretracks » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:08 pm

1068, the Erie unit, made its first DPU trip over home rails on the Tier today as the rear DPU on 310. It was through Tioga Center at 2:05pm and into Binghamton by 3.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:02 am

NS 60E is in greater Buffalo now and should be heading east on the Tier today. It is a unit sand train, destined for interchange with the Lehigh Railway in Sayre.

An eastbound welded rail train, NS 60Q, travelled the Tier last night.

Thanks to rr.net member K4Pacific for the reports on FB.
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Deeretracks » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:01 pm

Any idea where the 60Q welded rail train ended up? They dropped a bunch of rail in the Waverly to Owego area last summer and were installing sections of it in Tioga Center about 2 weeks ago
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Re: Southern Tier - West of Binghamton

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:45 pm

NS 60Q was headed to PanAm, as per the FB reports I've read. BTW, I noticed the rail stacked in Owego when I photographed #4005 (DC to AC unit) leading NS 310 there on Black Friday.
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