Hunter Harrison at CSX

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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:20 am

Associated Press reports that coal is making a measurable comeback (note my avoidance of terms such as "surging").

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Mining data reviewed by The Associated Press show that production through May is up by at least 121 million tons, or 6 percent, for the three countries compared to the same period last year. The change is most dramatic in the U.S., where coal mining rose 19 percent in the first five months of the year, according to U.S. Department of Energy data....The reasons for this year's turnaround include policy shifts in China, changes in U.S. energy markets and India's continued push to provide electricity to more of its poor, industry experts said. President Donald Trump's role as coal's booster-in-chief in the U.S. has played at most a minor role, they said


We all know that there is no reasonable alternative for transporting the stuff than rail.

We further know "there's a lot of it" within Chessie's service region and it's kept her "purring away" over the years.

Now we look at Yäger's "CV" and note the absence of road's that handle the stuff (OK; a little on the IC).

The question of course is where does coal fit into his definition of "precision railroading" and will any unwillingness or inability to handle coal any further impair this comeback depriving the mines within the region to get their fair share of the increased extraction.

Let's end this missive with "enquiring mind wants to know".
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby gokeefe » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:09 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:The question of course is where does coal fit into his definition of "precision railroading" and will any unwillingness or inability to handle coal any further impair this comeback depriving the mines within the region to get their fair share of the increased extraction.


There are some significant political implications for CSX if the coal lobby in Washington is unhappy. Far more unpleasant than usual for the railroad in the current administration. If I were going to watch one traffic category in particular it would be intermodal. That has been CSX's lifeblood and ultimately their future in many ways lately. I would imagine that significant secular losses in that traffic category (more than 2%-3%), especially to competitors (NS) will not go over well.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby BR&P » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:09 pm

They finally get rid of one president who was unfriendly to coal, only to have another appear right in their own midst.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:49 am

Maybe this link will find a "knothole" in the paywall:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/csx-cuts-f ... mail_share

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.CSX Corp. on Wednesday lowered some of its financial targets for the year after a summer of railway congestion and service woes as new CEO Hunter Harrison implements his precision railroading strategy.

The railroad said due to various operating challenges in July and August, it now expects its operating ratio, a closely watched metric, “around the high end of the mid-60s” percentage range, instead of being squarely in the mid-60s. Operating ratio is the percentage of revenue consumed by operating costs, so a decline represents an improvement.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby ccutler » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:30 pm

Do I understand correctly that part of EHH's cost savings plan is to centralize dispatching in a hurricane-prone and tornado-prone Florida location?

Brilliant risk management!

Let's see if Irma can change his mind.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:17 pm

I don't know--look at the money he can save by annulling trains over the entire system...
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby mmi16 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:00 am

ccutler wrote:Do I understand correctly that part of EHH's cost savings plan is to centralize dispatching in a hurricane-prone and tornado-prone Florida location?

Brilliant risk management!

Let's see if Irma can change his mind.


In the 20th Century the Jacksonville area was only affected by one 'near' direct hit - Dora in 1964.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Dora

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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby ccutler » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:51 pm

Yes, that's why banks are required to have 'disaster recovery facilities' far away from headquarters. Railroads should have a similar protocol for dispatching.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby RRspatch » Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:19 am

ccutler wrote:Yes, that's why banks are required to have 'disaster recovery facilities' far away from headquarters. Railroads should have a similar protocol for dispatching.


Both the UP and the BNSF have backup dispatcher centers. While I don't know where the UP one is (supposedly it's in a nondescript office building some ways outside of Omaha) I do know where the BNSF one is ..... but I won't tell you. Both centers are kept ready to go should something happen to the main center. The biggest concern here in Fort Worth is Tornadoes. The BNSF NOC is supposedly rated for an F4.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby mmi16 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:44 am

ccutler wrote:Yes, that's why banks are required to have 'disaster recovery facilities' far away from headquarters. Railroads should have a similar protocol for dispatching.



CSX does have a alternative dispatch center at Indianapolis, unless EHH cut it from the budget.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby ExCon90 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:41 pm

How do they staff a reserve dispatching center when they need it? Is there a trained provisional staff based locally who can drop their normal tasks and take over?
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby R Paul Carey » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:04 am

Can anybody on this forum provide description of the flood threat - such as it is today - to the CSX consolidated dispatching center?
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby mmi16 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:57 am

R Paul Carey wrote:Can anybody on this forum provide description of the flood threat - such as it is today - to the CSX consolidated dispatching center?

The Flood Evacuation Map of Jacksonville shows the KC Dufford Dispatch center to be on some of the highest land in Jacksonville. The St. Johns River which is the main water in Jacksonville is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles from the center.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby mmi16 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:01 am

ExCon90 wrote:How do they staff a reserve dispatching center when they need it? Is there a trained provisional staff based locally who can drop their normal tasks and take over?


When the center was 'home' for the bulk of CSX Dispatchers, volunteers were requested to go to the alternate center several days in advance. ie. those that intended to evacuate were given a place to evacuate to and on the company's dime. With EHH I would have my doubts how generous the temporary relocation would be.
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Re: Hunter Harrison at CSX

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:33 am

Ahh, good to learn that the dispatch center is located away from the Jacksonville HQ building on so aptly named - Water Street.
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