Blogs

  • Blog Post: Can Conrail really be gone 10 years?

    By Matt Van Hattem Senior Editor For three weeks now I’ve been trying to ignore the voice in my head telling me that this month marks the 10-year anniversary of Conrail’s split-up. I’m not in denial so much because of what’s happened to the property since then. By all accounts, Norfolk Southern...
  • Blog Post: Why CSX’s shortline meeting sets the standard

    A special guest post from Roy Blanchard, Trains magazine short line correspondent CSX wrapped up its 21st Annual Shortline Meeting in Jacksonville on Tuesday. I’ve been to most of them, and every year they get better. It is, after all, the longest running show if its kind, and features a number of industry...
  • Blog Post: CSX earnings show an uptick from last year

    By Roy Blanchard CSX leads off the railroads’ earnings season with record first-quarter revenue, operating income and operating ratio. Total freight revenue increased 11 percent to $2.5 billion as merchandise carloads (all but coal and intermodal increased to 55 percent of the total and coal dipped to...
  • Blog Post: Did the Easter bunny find you? He brought me four blue eggs!

    Look at these three blue Easter eggs in Cleveland! A trio of ex-Conrail SD40-2s assembles a hopper train on April 24. Jim Wrinn photo I was in Ohio last weekend as the guest of the Akron Railroad Club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The group kindly asked me to be its banquet...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: If at first you don't succeed

    Leading a locomotive trio featuring the YN2 paint scheme, CSX C40-8W No. 7834 rolls west on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, July 13, 2011, 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320, 84mm. Drew Halverson photo Let’s add CSX to the list of railroads featured in this monthly photo challenge! For...
  • Blog Post: 2011 Trains photo contest winners

    For this year's photo contest, we were looking for creative use of light and shadow. Overall, the quality of photos submitted was very high, making the task of choosing the winners even harder than usual. Take a look at the winners below and please leave your comments. Thank you. Grand Prize...
  • Blog Post: A trip to the Clinchfield

    My affinity for mountain railroading and anything associated with it continuously fuels a desire to visit and re-visit places that define the term with their tracks that negotiate steep grades, plunge into deep tunnels, and contend with curvature, bridges, and other challenges. I grew up accustomed to...
  • Blog Post: Continuing a tradition in the New River Gorge: The New River Train

    HINTON, W.VA. — Celebrating its 47 th consecutive year of New River Train excursions, the Collis P. Huntington Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society runs this Amtrak-sponsored consist on CSX rails between Huntington, W.Va., and Hinton, W.Va. The annual “leaf special” traverses...
  • Blog Post: West Virginia’s railroad coalfields take another blow: Alpha Natural Resources projects 1,100 layoffs at southern W.Va. mines this fall

    In an announcement published on Thursday July 31, executives at Alpha Natural Resources, one of the nation’s largest coal producers said it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at approximately 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, attributing the layoffs to dismal markets and...
  • Blog Post: A CSX hat trick, in Wisconsin

    [caption image="/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-07-48/4666.CSX7786WaukeshaWI9_2D00_28_2D00_14.jpg" position="right"]The first CSX-powered train of the day a C40-8W leading at Newhall Avenue.[/caption] Since I moved to Wisconsin from Ohio two years ago, I've...