Watch: CSX Making Important Infrastructure Enhancements at Three Yards

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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JACKSONVILLE –– CSX announced this week that the company will remove the humps and make other infrastructure changes at its yards in Cumberland, Md., Willow, Ohio and Hamlet, N.C. yards.

Regarding the yard in Cumberland, CSX said in a statement that “this strategic initiative aims to reconfigure the yard for enhanced safety and productivity, enabling the railroad to more efficiently increased traffic destined for the Midwest.”

Mike Cory, CSX executive vice president and chief operating officer, said “The Cumberland yard is critical to the CSX freight transportation network, connecting the northeast corridor and midwestern territories. The work taking place at Cumberland will increase capacity, allowing railcars that previously couldn’t move through that yard to do so. The infrastructure enhancements will ensure a safer work environment for our ONE CSX team and enhance the customer experience. By increasing the network’s capacity and improving the flow of freight traffic, we can eliminate thousands of touches and millions of out-of-route miles for Midwest-bound traffic.

CSX said that it will remove the hump and the hump tower from the yard, and place additional tracks optimized for flat switching in its classification yard. In addition, these changes will allow the railroad to assemble trains on two automated tracks while simultaneously moving other cars, effectively reducing car handlings, doubling their production capacity and ensuring faster and more reliable delivery of customer goods.

Among the changes taking place over the next few months, CSX is removing the hump and the hump tower from the yard, and placing additional tracks optimized for flat switching in its classification yard. These changes enable the CSX team to assemble trains on two automated tracks while simultaneously moving other cars, effectively reducing car handlings, doubling their production capacity and ensuring faster and more reliable delivery of customer goods. 

Cory added that “the infrastructure enhancements at Cumberland are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024.”

CSX also reported that the railroad expects to undertake similar infrastructure enhancements at its yards in Willard, Ohio and Hamlet, N.C.

For additional information on the work at Cumberland, take a look at the video below.

CSX Video on Work at Cumberland, Md. Yard/Courtesy of CSX
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