Norfolk Southern has announced that it will idle the hump at Bellevue Yard in Bellevue, Ohio, also known as Moorman Yard (named in honor of NS’s former chairman, president & CEO, Wick Moorman). This is the fourth hump yard where NS has idled the hump and converted to flat switching due to declining traffic and the adoption of precision scheduled railroading, or PSR.
Norfolk Southern spokesperson Jeff DeGraff provided this statement to RT&S:
“Last week, Norfolk Southern notified its employees of operational changes at the Bellevue Yard. Due to declining car volumes, NS will idle the yard’s hump and begin flat switching rail cars. This alteration will allow for greater efficiencies and customer service that achieves the goals set forth in the company’s strategic plan. While NS has been implementing strategic changes system-wide since November 2018, the business disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the need for this transition to compensate for lower car volumes.
“Unfortunately, as a result of these changes, some furloughs will be necessary. NS appreciates the hard work and commitment of all of the men and women on the Thoroughbred Team, which makes these decisions particularly difficult. Furloughed employees may have the opportunity to apply for positions, as available, elsewhere on the NS system.”
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