CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.

Moderator: MBTA F40PH-2C 1050

User avatar
Milepost20
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Milepost20 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:30 pm

B724 has CSX 2813 (Ex Conrail GP38-2) trailing today. Should lead South and just arrived at Bestway @ 1530

User avatar
Milepost20
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Milepost20 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:28 pm

Since Monday of this week a tie crew has been working between Southboro and Clinton. The 6206 is tied down at Teknor with the flats for loading the track machines. I didn’t see any new ties dropped north of Clint so it looks like that’s as far as they will go.

arcadia terminal
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:10 am
Location: Leominster, MA

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by arcadia terminal » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:08 am

Last Friday 7/19 in the PM there was a ballast regulator in the siding and two work trucks at the Linchfield St. crossing in Leominster, so they must be doing spot work on the end of the branch.
Arcadia Terminal Street & Dock R.R

johnhenry
Posts: 116
Joined: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:05 am

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by johnhenry » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:16 pm

On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.

Backshophoss
Posts: 6357
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:58 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:58 pm

CSX no longer allows "top and trailing" locos on each end of a local freight,due to an accident on the NEC with a trailing loco.
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

arcadia terminal
Posts: 86
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:10 am
Location: Leominster, MA

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by arcadia terminal » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:01 am

The local was working Leominster around 5:15pm yesterday and then headed home. No track equipment visible.
Arcadia Terminal Street & Dock R.R

User avatar
Milepost20
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Milepost20 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:39 pm

They were only working for the week. Friday morning at 2:30am an extra took everything back south to Framingham.

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050
Posts: 3517
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2004 7:57 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:00 am

johnhenry wrote:On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.
should prolly have kept some details of that story to yourselve....pple wonder why RR'ers dislike buffs

Douglasphil
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue May 16, 2017 6:47 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Douglasphil » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:53 pm

CSX is very strict regarding 'shove' rules and I am very certain the crew did not blind shove across a State Highway. The conductor was riding the point but you just didn't happen to see him. If they had hit an auto or pedestrian doing that the consequences would have been dire and all crew members are well aware of that.

Spacecase2012
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:20 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Spacecase2012 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:24 pm

johnhenry wrote:On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.
As a former conductor, there's no way in heck there wasn't a conductor on the back. The guys out there aren't dumb. He was probably just on the other side. I agree with what someone else said, keep some details to yourself or you could get people in trouble. Same reason they hate getting their picture taken. Higher ups have been known to frequent railfan sites and see pictures they don't like. What happened on the NEC wth a trailing loco that made Csx quit using them?

AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer
Posts: 103
Joined: Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:46 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:27 am

Backshophoss wrote:CSX no longer allows "top and trailing" locos on each end of a local freight,due to an accident on the NEC with a trailing loco.
What was the incident you reference. I vaguely remember the new rule of now locomotive on rear unless it is manned, but I thought it stemmed from some sort of incident where the loco got away or was stolen.

Backshophoss
Posts: 6357
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:58 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Backshophoss » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:09 pm

Believe it was a "run away" on a NEC freight local,trailing unit was not set up properly after a switching move.
The Ban came a day or 2 later.
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

Knucklehead
Posts: 82
Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:44 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Knucklehead » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:12 am

Massive amounts of MOW track machinery have been working on the Fitchburg Running Track this week. There are ties piled up along side of the line. Looks like tie and tie plate replacement, perhaps resurfacing (although most of the ballast which was last dumped by Conrail has disappeared into the track bed).

CSXT just did a tie replacement on this line last year, however, it still needed a great deal of work after that!! I observed (from a safe distance) many old tie plates cut in half on totally rotted and missing ties, broken joint bars, etc.

User avatar
Milepost20
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:44 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by Milepost20 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:31 pm

FYI - B724 is only Mon-Wed-Fri now for starting a few months ago

johnpbarlow
Posts: 2149
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:50 pm

Re: CSX Fitchburg Secondary Discussion

Post by johnpbarlow » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:04 am

Still waiting for CSX to put up the For Sale sign on the Agriculture Branch...

Return to “CSX Transportation”