CSX Coal Train Through North Charleston

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Aug 092016

This is a hastily shot video of two CSX locomotives pulling a train through the Iron Dog district of North Charleston. CSX Coal Train through Iron Dog District of North CharlestonThis video shows the entire very long train of coal cars. About 8 minutes in length. Be forewarned, not much happens! Just a long string of coal cars.

Sorry for the fuzzy video, maybe I need to clean the camera lens. Or maybe it was the humidity. This was shot as I was sitting in my Triumph Spitfire with the top down on Rivers Avenue at about 5pm.

Oct 052015

The Charleston Regional Business Journal is reporting that Norfolk Southern has shut down the rail line that runs in and out of Charleston, said Susan Terpay, the rail line’s S.C. spokeswoman.

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The constant deluge of rain that has hammered South Carolina for days has caused significant damage to Norfolk Southern’s Charleston service and rendered it inoperable, which impacts Port of Charleston customers.

Flash flooding and record rainfall have washed out tracks and closed rail bridges, Terpay said. No information is available yet on how many miles of track are damaged or how many customers will be impacted.

The Charleston rail service will be restored on Friday at the earliest. Norfolk Southern personnel are currently assessing damages on-site. Terpay said Norfolk Southern is checking to see which specific lines were impacted by flooding in South Carolina. She said damage to the company’s rail system is not statewide.

Read the full story at The Charleston Regional Business Journal.

CSX Derailment in North Charleston Tuesday

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May 132015

Three empty cars of a CSX freight train derailed in North Charleston on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, temporarily snarling afternoon traffic. No injuries were reported.

CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said three empty hopper cars derailed around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. Hopper cars usually carry a variety of loose products, such as coal or grain.

CSX Derailment in North Charleston

Seay said the train had two locomotives and 121 cars carrying a variety of products, none of which were spilled. The train was traveling from Florence to Hamlet, North Carolina.

By mid-afternoon, Seay said the derailed cars were disconnected from the remainder of the train, which was moved from the area. All road crossings affected by the derailment were cleared.

According to North Charleston police, a CSX train derailed shortly after 2 p.m., shutting down Montague and Railroad avenues, South Rhett and Spruill avenues, Spruill Avenue and Bexley Street, and South Rhett Avenue at Bexley Street.

By 2:45 p.m., City officials said the Bexley Street intersection had been reopened to traffic. By 3:15 all roads were clear.

The Charleston County School District had warned that some buses could be delayed in taking students home if they had to be rerouted

Palmetto Railway Wins Shortline Award

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Mar 082015

Palmetto Railways today announced it has been selected as the 2015 Short Line Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.

Palmetto Railway

The national competition is held annually and recognizes outstanding achievement in any of the following areas – innovation in operation or maintenance, turnaround situations, consistent excellence, customer service, enhanced productivity, community relations, safety improvement, ingenuity and dealing with the unexpected.

“Short line and regional railroads are not just benefiting from the quickening economic recovery; they’re helping to drive that recovery,” says Railway Age Publisher Jonathan Chalon. “The business opportunities and obstacles, be they in terms of reach or of geography or product movement, may differ. But the entrepreneurial spirit of the two winners affects and assists customers large or small, making efficient business, and business growth, possible with the most efficient surface transportation mode: rail.”

“This is a tremendous recognition for our entire team at Palmetto Railways,” said Jeff McWhorter, president and CEO of Palmetto Railways. “At Palmetto Railways we understand that our success is inextricably linked to providing the customer outstanding service. Our team strives to continuously exceed customer expectations.

“As a strong proponent of economic development in South Carolina, we continually seek ways to provide cost-effective rail solutions and efficient freight movement in order to promote and bolster the local, regional and statewide economy,” McWhorter said.

Palmetto Railways is a short-line railroad company based in Charleston that not only serves the state port facilities, but also serves a number of other companies that include BP Chemicals, Nucor, MeadWestvaco, Santee Cooper, Norfolk Southern and CSX. It also provides technical assistance and consulting services in railroad matters to state, local and municipal governments.

Railway Age is the transportation industry’s oldest trade magazine. The monthly magazine is circulated at the management levels of North America freight and passenger railroads. Emphasis is placed on technology, operations, strategic planning, marketing, and other issues such as legislative and labor/management developments of interest to railway management, railway suppliers, and consultants.

“Our state’s logistics infrastructure is an essential part of industrial recruitment and business growth, and South Carolina has a distinct advantage in that regard with Palmetto Railways,” said Secretary Bobby Hitt of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, of which Palmetto Railways is a division. “Through their efficient short-line service and with the future intermodal container facility, Palmetto Railways is truly keeping business on track.”

“Palmetto Railways is an important partner for the S.C. Ports Authority in the movement of freight via our terminal,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “We are proud of what they have accomplished with this recognition, which we think is well-deserved.”

South Carolina Public Railways Changing Name

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Oct 072013

South Carolina Public Railways (SCPR) announced Friday its name change to Palmetto Railways, in a move designed to streamline operations and better reflect the state-owned agency’s expanding economic development mission.

SCPR has consolidated its distinct common carrier authorities (Port Utilities Commission of Charleston, Port Terminal Railroad of SC and East Cooper & Berkeley Railroad), which will operate and market all of the rail lines under the name “Palmetto Railways.” The reorganization and name change will clarify ambiguities regarding the regulatory status of the railroad while streamlining various administrative and marketing functions. The transaction will not affect service levels, existing operations, or the competitive balance with Class I or short line carriers outside the SCPR corporate family.

SC Public Railways

“Our various rail operations have diversified, including our proposed intermodal facility in North Charleston,” stated Jeff McWhorter, president and CEO of Palmetto Railways, referring to the planned intermodal container transfer facility on the former Navy Base. “Combining these entities under one name more effectively communicates our increased economic role within our state and the region.” Palmetto Railways will continue to provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective freight transportation, while facilitating further development efforts in and around South Carolina.

Palmetto Railways serves not only the state port facilities, but it also serves a number of other companies that include BP Chemicals, Nucor, MeadWestvaco, Santee Cooper, DAK, Frontier Logistics, Lansing Group, CMMC, SSA Marine, Neil Brothers, Norfolk Southern and CSX.

A state-owned utility, Palmetto Railways is a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. It also provides technical assistance and consulting services in railroad matters to state, local and municipal governments.

Palmetto Railways, established in 1969, promotes the economic viability of the State of South Carolina by providing safe, efficient and cost-effective rail solutions to facilitate the movement of freight and to support economic development efforts.

Palmetto Railways also provides technical assistance and consulting services in railroad matters to state, local and municipal governments. As a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Palmetto Railways provides switching services on the terminals of the State Ports Authority, the former Navy Base, at Santee Cooper’s Cross Generating Station, the East Port Industrial Park in Summerville, and it operates a short line railroad in Berkeley County serving BP Chemicals and Nucor Steel. In addition, several industrial sites are available for development adjacent to the railroad. For more information, visit http://www.scontrack.com.

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