As we close in on the shift of NS' Ayer intermodal traffic to CSX trackage rights, while the benefit of domestic stack capability is primary and fans focus upon time-saving benefits, with a general eastbound headhaul 2 commercial-day (1 westbound backhaul) competitive deficit, it'll be interesting to see to what extent NS might be able to cut that.
First pass I roughly figured slotting over on CSX with I022 east and I017 west, but with slightly more polishing I'll update the eastbound to slotting around with I020 (if not even earlier, but that gets into the agreed slotting up on the ex-Worcester Main Line where this train holds 3rd priority within the Settlement Agreement with CSX, as well as VO-SK).
It's going to be interesting to see where these trains fall within CSX's operation and to what extent NS is able to improve their service within the Chicago-eastern New England lane. Earlier eastbound arrival can only help. Further, it will be interesting to see how this might allow NS to expand volume by offering service in additional lanes. And, of course, how this might play within NS' auto business as well.