News Wire: CSX makes safety strides as injuries, accidents decline

413 views
6 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
Moderator
  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Wisconsin
  • 1,418 posts
Posted by Brian Schmidt on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:46 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation has significantly improved its key safety metrics during the past 18 months, with the railroad’s personal injury rate leading the industry so far this year and train accidents at their lowest levels...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/08/14-csx-transportation-makes-safety-strides-as-injuries-accidents-decline

Brian Schmidt, Associate Editor Trains Magazine

  • Member since
    May, 2003
  • From: US
  • 16,653 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:22 AM

article
And it added 20 road foremen of engines positions to increase supervision of train crews.

Note - EHH eliminated the Road Foreman of Engines position - those holding the positions had to exercise their seniority or hit the bricks.  A number of the actions that the article is claiming as 'new' are actions that were eliminated when EHH assumed control. 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Central Iowa
  • 4,843 posts
Posted by jeffhergert on Saturday, August 17, 2019 5:06 PM

The article says they're increasing the use of inward facing cameras.  So that's got to be why things are improving.Laugh

Jeff

  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • 1,299 posts
Posted by rdamon on Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:21 AM

Stopped to watch a CSX coal train come through. Two units on the head-end.  As we heard a DPU we were suprised to see three more AC's and a fairly long run of 20' grey containers on DODX cars with little orange warning stickers.

PSR or just keeping the crew as far away as possible?

 

  • Member since
    June, 2019
  • 38 posts
Posted by Juniata Man on Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:22 AM

My bet would be precision scheduled nonsense.  Combining two trains saved a crew start.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Central Iowa
  • 4,843 posts
Posted by jeffhergert on Sunday, August 18, 2019 12:07 PM

Juniata Man

My bet would be precision scheduled nonsense.  Combining two trains saved a crew start.

 

That's part of the PSR plan.  Convert as many unit trains into the manifest network.  One of the "goals" is to run the same number of trains each way (east-west/north-south) every day.  Unit trains are more unpredictable.  Some maybe less than others.  Still, an extra train means having to keep more assets, human and equipment, and that means a few dollars that can't go to the "want it all now" type of investor.

Jeff 

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • 8,083 posts
Posted by Overmod on Monday, August 19, 2019 9:34 AM

rdamon
we were suprised to see three more AC's and a fairly long run of 20' grey containers on DODX cars with little orange warning stickers.

You didn't by any chance catch the explosives class on the placarding?  That would help ID what was supposed to be in there when loaded... I suspect that due to the method of 'forwarding' the containers were deadheading and not, ahem, loaded.  

I believe you'd note that the containers were all aligned so their doors were blocked as loaded; terrorists or Conrail Boyz would have to cut through the sides or physically lift the container to get at the contents.

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy