*Cumberland Valley Railroad *
Shippensburg- April 2002
Gregory Drabura writes on NS Hagerstown activity in November 2003
> Currently around 20 trains run down NS's Hagerstown
> (Hagerstown-Shippensburg) daily.
> This is the most busy line around Hagerstown and it
> sees the strongest
> future. Currently NS runs three daily intermodal
> trains in each direction.
> Sometimes this includes 25A and 26A which are UPS
> trains over the Northeast
> Corridor but also run via Hagerstown sometimes. Six
> daily mixed freights
> runs as well, three in each direction. NS and CSX
> run coal trains, some
> that were already on this line and some that were
> rerouted after the 2000
> closure of Chambersburg street running. One or two
> a day including empties
> is the max normally. CSX runs a local up to
> Culbertston Pa. and back,
> particularily on Monday nights although also a few
> other times a week. It
> is a push/pull operation to Shippensburg and then it
> doubles back into
> Letterkenny army depot. NS also has a local up to
> Shippensburg. This
> serves several customers including Martins elevator
> in Hagerstown and CV
> coop in Shippensburg. Cars are interchanged in
> Chambersburg for industries
> on the CSX Lurgan sub around Brandon. Some cars
> bound for Greencastle go on
> this train as well. This train consists of two
> locomotives, generally one
> on each end; a good 10-15 covered hoppers for grain
> and plastics; a boxcar;
> and a gondola. Usually the train count on this line
> is slightly lower than
> 20 but it may be that high on some days with extras.
> Locomotives on these trains are varied. Almost all
> NS trains have
> D9-40CW's. Some times standard cab D9-40's are
> spotted, C40-8's, C39-8
> (particularily in intermodal service), SD70M (I've
> spotted ones with flared
> radiators as well as regular). One pair of the
> intermodal trains normally
> has four GP60's. . Lately I've spotted Dash
> 9-40CW's and SD60I's on some
> intermodal trains as well. On mixed's I've spotted
> SD50's and spartan cabed
> 70's, and regular SD60's appear also. Ex-Conrail
> C40-8W's appear quite
> regularily as well.
> The local sees the best power. Highhooded GP38-2's
> I've spotted along with
> GP38AC's. GP59 occasionally appear as well as a
> pair of SD40-2's. I've
> even spotted SD60's on the local.
> Coal drags sees a mixed bag of units from Dash 9's
> to SD70's.
> I have spotted UP SD70M'S and C44-9W's as well as
> GP60's and BNSF C44-9W's.
> Mainly on the Birmingham-Allentown mixed freights.
> Coal drags off CSX almost always see AC4400's, and
> sometimes spot AC6000's
> and SD80MAC's. Once in awhlie a C40-8W.
> CSX's locals bound for Culbertston use a GP40-2 and
> GP30 or GP35 slugset.
> This line will see a long term traffic jump and may
> again be double tracked.
> The rail in most places was layed in 2000 along
> with the signals
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