Winter cyclone leaves Class I railroads mainly OK

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — From heavy snows in the Northeast to freezing rain in coastal areas of the Mid-Atlantic, an intense winter cyclone and a bout of cold weather has impacted a handful of Class I railroad operations in the East.

A CSX Transportation representative tells Trains News Wire the railroad has temporarily suspended freight service to customers in the Southeast who experienced unusually cold weather.

“Many areas in the Southeast, including the Carolinas, Georgia, and northern Florida, are also experiencing several inches of snow or freezing rain,” the representative says.

The railroad will restore service to those customers within 24 to 48 hours of their facilities reopening.

Norfolk Southern is experiencing similar challenges with its coastal intermodal operations.

“Winter storms like Grayson always pose operational challenges,” NS representative Jonathan Glass tells Trains News Wire. “NS has had sporadic cases of train delays associated with the storm, but the overall network has continued operating.”

The railroad’s intermodal group issued three service alerts to customers this week notifying them of service changes.

NS’ Ayer, Mass., intermodal terminal was temporarily closed Thursday afternoon and similar service changes were in effect for facilities as far south as Charleston, S.C.

As of Thursday afternoon, three NS-served intermodal terminals in southeastern Virginia were closed, including the Norfolk Portlock, Norfolk International Terminal, and Virginia International Gateway facilities. The terminals are located in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va. The NS-served Charleston, S.C., intermodal terminal was also closed and in Georgia, the Savannah-Garden City terminal was resuming operations.

Winter Storm Grayson, an unusual winter cyclone, is responsible for ice and freezing rain in the Deep South to coastal flooding and heavy snows in New England states. Meteorologists claim the storm’s intensification was the strongest in four decades in the western Atlantic Ocean.
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