• Stopped trains on NS Chicago line

  • Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
  by GRSdave
Been reading stories from the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Ohio.com where residents in North Olmsted, Ohio are upset
with Norfolk Southern trains stopped on the tracks during morning rush hour, etc...

It seems Norfolk Southern likes to lean the blame towards the crews and not the dispatching of their own system.

They block streets for crew changes per NS. You would think a crew change would occur before North Olmsted and not in Berea which hampers residents trips to work and school in the morning.

I guess PSR has lengthened the trains.

https://www.cleveland.com/community/202 ... otter.html
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  by twropr
I've also heard about recrews at CP 285/Vickers, which is about 3 miles east of Toledo. Again, this ties up village streets and unnecessarily delays Amtrak's CAPITOL and LAKE SHORE LIMITED. The train dispatchers merely do as they are told. I have not heard of CSX moving crew changes to outside of their yards.
  by shlustig
On Friday 11/19, I had occasion to be at Olmsted Falls (which is the 1st community west of Berea on the NS (x-CR, PC, NYC mainline) and found all of the xgs in that town blocked by an intermodal train stopped on the controlled siding. The nearest available detours are Barrett Rd. in Berea and Fitch Rd. to the west. Both detours are about 4 miles in length.

Going to Fitch Rd. overpass, I observed the engines of the stopped train at the old (replaced) Fitch Rd. grade xg.

Had the train stopped at the next xg west (Bronson Rd.), all of the xgs in the Falls would have been cleared.

I don't know how long before the train proceeded, but it was less than the 6+-hour blockage which occurred a week previously.

Aside from disrupting the school bus routes and complicating any emergency response runs, there is the additional issue of NS not notifying the local emergency dispatch centers of the blockade. Fortunately, that did not result in complication of any calls for police, fire, or EMT services. However, should that occur, NS could be held liable.