CSX Plans Infrastructure Work at Maryland Yard

Work at Cumberland to Increase Capacity
CSX Cumberland yard
The Cumberland yard. (CSX via Vimeo)

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CUMBERLAND, Md.  — Infrastructure improvements at CSX’s Cumberland yard will increase capacity and allow railcars that previously couldn’t move through the yard to do so, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer said.

The yard will be reconfigured for enhanced safety and productivity, enabling the railroad to more efficiently manage increased traffic destined for the Midwest, the company said in a news release.

The hump and the hump tower will be removed and tracks added to optimize switching.

“The Cumberland yard is critical to the CSX freight transportation network, connecting the northeast corridor and Midwestern territories,” said Mike Cory, CSX executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The changes, which are expected to be finished by the end of the year, will enable the company to assemble trains on two automated tracks while moving other cars, effectively reducing car handlings, doubling their production capacity and ensuring faster and more reliable delivery of customer goods, according to the release.

“By increasing the network’s capacity and improving the flow of freight-rail traffic, we can eliminate thousands of touches and millions of out-of-route miles for Midwest-bound traffic,” Cory said.

The company is planning similar enhancements at yards in Willard, Ohio, and Hamlet, N.C.

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