Tag Archives: Norfolk Southern

Colombian,OH: Was it intentional line of inquiry

30 Jan

A woman was killed early in the morning of January 28th, 2017 on the South Main Street level crossing of the Norfolk Southern right-of-way. The person driving a small SUV stopped on the level crossing and remained there after the barriers lowered for an approaching train. Immediately before the collision occurring with a fatal consequence, an emergency call to the local police alerted them to the fact that someone had stopped on the South Main Street level crossing. Police were despatched but did not arrive at the crossing in time to intervene. A police investigation is underway to establish the cause of the collision. Clearly, a line of inquiry is to determine if the fatality was, on the balance of probability, intentional.

NC, SC, OH: Norfolk Souther’s safety train tour continues

3 Aug

1438198639599Last week, Norfolk Southern took its Whistle-Stop Safety Train to the Carolinas to remind motorists and pedestrians to be safe and alert when around railroad tracks and trains. The train, operated by Norfolk Southern in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver stopped in eight cities on a three-day, 390-mile trip from Charleston, SC to Asheville, NC. This week, a 354-mile trip will across Ohio will start in Cincinnati and stop in Dayton, Columbus, Bellevue, Cleveland, and Alliance

“Pedestrians and drivers often do not realise how dangerous it is to walk on or near railroad tracks, or that it can take a mile or more for a train to come to a complete stop,” said Cayela Wimberly, Norfolk Southern director of grade crossing safety. “Our goal is to share information that will stop people from risking their lives by trying to beat a train to the crossing or using railroad tracks as a shortcut.”

Across the United States. last year, 267 people died in highway-rail grade crossing incidents, an increase of 16 percent compared with 2013, and deaths due to trespassing on train tracks jumped 22 percent to 526, according to Federal Railroad Administration statistics.

“The use of cell phones, texting, and listening to music while driving has contributed to people being distracted from the roadway and the warning signs alerting them to railroad tracks,” said Janice Cowen, Operation Lifesaver South Carolina state coordinator. “People do not realize that it is criminal trespassing to walk on or near railroad tracks. Not only is it against the law, you could lose your life.”

The safety train includes two restored Pullman passenger rail cars with television monitors showing a live video feed from a camera mounted on the lead locomotive. Passengers see firsthand what engineers see every day from the locomotive cab. The train also includes the Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car, which showcases the benefits of rail freight transportation.

Invited guests include county and municipal elected leaders, state and local transportation officials, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, school transportation directors, trucking officials, news media, and others who have a vested interest in public safety.

State and local law enforcement agencies are on hand to enforce correct behaviour at level crossings along the route of the safety train.

Aboard the safety train, riders are hearing first-hand about the dangers of trespassing on the railway from Mark Kalina Jr., who survived a 2012 pedestrian-train incident in Ohio and is now a double amputee.

“Two years and nine months ago, I made the biggest mistake of my life. To save five minutes, I took a shortcut on the railroad tracks. Now I travel the country warning others never to make the same mistake,” said Kalina, who is the spokesperson for the Operation Lifesaver “See Tracks? Think Train!” safety campaign.

Church Hill, TN: Park plans to founder on level crossing costs?

22 Jul

In 2014, the city of Church Hill purchased 65+ acres, accessed via a private level crossing for a new public park. Now, the costs of creating a public right-of-way over the railway are emerging. Norfolk SouthernRailroad’s (NS)position is that the city will need to agree to the closure of another level crossing within the city as well as meeting the costs of upgrading the access to the park.

If the city fathers will agree to the Fairview Avenue level crossing then, NS would contribute USD 35,000 towards the cost of elimination, with Tennessee’s Department of Transportation adding a further USD 7,500. Unless this closure is agreed, NS are unlikely to agree to any change of status of the crossing. Even with agreement to the change, the city will need to stump-up in the region of USD 400,000-450,000 as automatic half barrier controls will be required.

According to reports, Norfolk Southern would contribute $35,000 toward closing the Fairview Crossing, while TN Dept. of Transportation (TDOT) would match it with $7,500. That would give Church Hill $42,500 to use toward the estimated $400-450,000 price tag required to install the Hollston Mills Crossing. A second condition of the agreement calls for installation of automatic signals, at Church Hill’s expense.

Meanwhile, the park is very firmly on hold.

Goshen, IN: Citations for crossing blockages reducing

23 Jan

The crackdown on trains blocking level crossings in Elkhart County appears to be facilitating a solution to the problem, In October 2014 police issued 117 citations to Norfolk Southern Railway Co (NS) with the ticket count falling to 44 in November and just two in December 2014. However, a number of the citations were cancelled as they had not been issues in accordance with state law. When a ticket stands, the fine is USD 500 plus court costs per offence.

State law is that it is unlawful for a railway company to allow any train (including  a light locomotive) to obstruct a level crossing for a period of more than 10 minutes, except where the train cannot clear the crossing for reasons over which the railway has no control.

Bluff City, TN: NS fails to secure crossing closure on risk grounds

23 Jan

Despite a significant accident history and concern that a fatal accident will occur, city fathers in Bluff City, TN, rejected the case for closure put forward by Norfolk Southern Railway Co  (NS). The proposal to close the passive Depot Street level crossing that provides a link between Tennessee Avenue and Railroad Street. Use of the crossing is said to be around 300 vehicles a day, most of whom use the Depot Street crossing when taking a short cut.

Despite financial incentives proffered by NS and the possibility of federal funding for the crossing elimination of the level crossing and help in guiding users to cross the NS right-of-way via active crossings there was a sense that the Mayor and Aldermen wanted the crossing upgraded to an automatic half-barrier status. There is also lingering resentment of the way in which NS refused to co-operate with a property transaction to facilitate a connection with the Overmountain Victory trail. So, from an outsider perspective, this appears to be blocking a rational considerate of the risks associated with the Depot Street closure proposal.

Other issues of legitimate concern to the city was the impact on emergency service response times and impact on premises accessed via the crossing. However, a key user considered was the First Baptist Church which was strongly in favour of elimination on safety grounds. In conclusion of this debate, the city fathers voted to put the crossing closure proposal on the ballot for the May 2015 elections.

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Goshen, In: Agreement to eliminate crossings confirmed

6 Jan

for some years the Norfolk Southern Railroad (NS) has been working towards an agreement with the City of Goshen to realign the curve giving access to the Marion branch in order that train speed might be improved to 20mph and delays to road users reduced. Now, following approval of an agreement with the City, NS has until September 30th, 2015 to complete the works that will also include elimination of one level crossing completely and a second to vehicular traffic.

The agreement provides for:

  • The city having agreed to close the Ninth Street level crossing of the NS main Chicago corridor and the company’s Marion branch line to all traffic.
  • The city having agreed to  close the Washington Street level crossing of the Marion branch to all vehicular traffic.
  • NS having agreed to provide a pedestrian crossing of the Marion branch line on Washington Street.
  • The city and Indiana’s Department of Transportation having agreed to purchase and demolish three properties on Ninth Street.
  • NS having agrees to pay the city no more than USD60,000 to close the Ninth and partially close the Washington street level crossings.
  • NS having agreed to fund and deliver realignment of the curve onto the Marion branch to increase train speeds to 20mph by September 30thG, 2015.

USA: Norfolk Southern’s Cayela Wimberly joins Operation Lifesaver board

20 Oct

Cayela Wimberly, Grade Crossing Safety Director for Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS), has been named as an Operation Lifesaver Inc (OL) board member, OL President and CEO Joyce Rose has announced.

“Cayela Wimberly’s expertise with highway-rail crossing safety issues, paired with her technical background in electrical engineering, communications and signaling, will make her a great asset to the Operation Lifesaver board as they work to advance our rail safety education mission,” said Rose.

Rose noted that the OL board of directors is the governing body of the organisation, responsible for determining OL’s overall mission, priorities and direction and providing oversight to ensure that programmes and services are carried out effectively.

A native of Macon, Ga., Wimberly has held several positions during her 10-year career at NS, mainly in the Engineering – Communications and Signals Department.  Her experience includes serving as C&S maintenance supervisor, highway crossing signals engineer, and administrator, grade crossing program.  Wimberly also serves on AREMA Committee 36 and is a National Council of Uniform Traffic Control Devices technical committee member. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University