FRCF President and CEO Jillian Crane (left) and CSX Vice President of Corporate Communications Bryan Tucker (right)

Class I Briefs: CSX, UP

First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), in partnership with CSX, announces recipients of the 2022 CSX Pride in Service Scholarship. Also, Union Pacific (UP) announces extension of Carta Porte grace period for Mexico shipments; and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts discusses proposed rail park with leaders in Lincoln County.

(Photograph Courtesy of CP)

Cowen: ‘Looking Down the Windy Tracks’

A strike has been averted for now as the major unions reached tentative agreements. Contracts details are expected to be in line with the Presidential Emergency Board recommendations. The railroads will have to gradually pass through costs as contracts are renewed if they want to keep margins intact. This may prove difficult as we head into an economic slowdown. We continue to favor Canadian Pacific (CP) in the rail group.

CSX Supports Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

CSX is contributing $200,000 to support relief and recovery efforts under way in the Florida and South Carolina communities affected by Hurricane Ian, the Class I railroad reported on Sept. 30.

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) recently added Nissan to its list of customers at the Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island terminal. (Photograph Courtesy of GPA)

Intermodal Briefs: GPA, Port Saint John

Nissan North America selects Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Port of Brunswick, Ga., as a new point of entry to serve U.S. markets. Also, Canada’s Port Saint John in New Brunswick reaches a 100,000-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) milestone.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and Forecast Cone for Storm Center. (NS)

NS, CSX Prep for Ian

As Hurricane Ian makes its way to the Florida Gulf Coast, with landfall expected between Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, Class I railroads Norfolk Southern (NS) and CSX are taking precautions to prepare for the storm’s impact.

Aerial view of the derailment scene.​​ (Photograph courtesy of Pike County Office of Emergency Management with overlay annotations by NTSB.)

NTSB: Loose Debris from Mudslide Probable Cause of CSX Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently determined that the probable cause of a February 13, 2020, derailment of CSX Transportation (CSX) train K42911 on a railroad track that runs between a hillside and the Russel Fork River in Draffin, Ky., was loose mud, vegetation, sand, soil and rock from a mudslide that obstructed the track following excessive rain accumulation over several weeks.