Not sure if any work has been done during the CSX Gateway project for double stacks. I know between Clifton Forge to Newport News there are two tunnels that have to be raised plus a historic overpass (bone of contention) in Williamsburg to run double stacks. It's a good route to both Newport News & Portsmouth. That's one rumor that's been going around. Another is adding a mainline from the former C&O route up to ACCA yard.
A co-worker with 36 years whose still working on the soon to be split Huntington Division told me this is the worst he's ever seen with changes on CSX. He's had to move to work multiple times as I did at our own expense back in the '70s & '80s. The advice he's giving younger guys is look for places to transfer most likely 'll be at their own expense. I don't think CSX will be offering transfer packages like in the past during 2008 & later.
The rumor I'm hearing on the Huntington Division is the former C&O in Richmond will come under the Florence Division (SCL). In my opinion it would have to be from Clifton Forge to Newport News seeing those train crews are under a consolidated roster.
I don't know what happened to my other response. I know Little Tony is gone, he was a short fellow that had bodyguards when he came around for so-called town meetings on property. I went to one at ACCA Yard in Richmond if someone asked the wrong scripted question they were escorted out. Cindy Sanborn took the transportation VP slot but kept Tony's policies intact.
I first heard about it a couple months ago. Hoping it was rumors. I retired from the Huntington Division. If Richmond (C&O) is consolidated on to the Florence Division (SCL) then CSX management can no longer make it difficult for employees to exercise their seniority rights on the Southern Consolidation. Regional-wide seniority came into effect at least 6 months ago. Local management has made qualifying difficult with 4-5 weeks without pay. Over my career as a Locomotive Engineer we never had to go more than 2-3 weeks qualifying on new territory with pilots most times only a week.
Ward has done a better job then John Snow. Snow nearly sent CSX into bankruptcy with Conrail. During Snow's tenure the infrastructure greatly deteriorated. I know I ran the rails under Snow's leadership. I'm not a fan of Ward's policies towards employees when he hired Tony Ingram from the NS. CSX & NS both have taken a bigger hit on coal than west coast railroads. I'll wait and see when the Panama Canal expansion is complete. 2016 is the year I placed on myself to see change. It's only January.
He's been on here way before this ever occurred. I still can't figure his motives. Disgruntled CSX employee? I saw a few of those not many during my railroad career. Fired CSX employee? Good chance of that being a reason. The reality is only 1 in 5 ever make railroading a career. It's a lifestyle commitment not just a job.
I won't say it can't happen but after the last mergers I can't see it happening. Anyone who was around during the Conrail fiasco would be against any mergers, buy outs, or take overs. If you dislike CSX so much why are you even concerned? I suggest if you own CSX stock get rid of it.
Rumor has it one of the coal pier facilities at Newport News is planning on building an oil shipment facility. The CSX line currently services Yorktown.
We had those rumors for years working at CSX. Actually it was CSX & UP which had some joint ventures on shipping freight. Back in the '90s when UP was shorthanded some CSX middle management (trainmasters etc...) did temporary transfers to the UP. That sort of upped the rumors.
It takes time to restructure after the EPA#$%$ on coal. Coal had a good run for around 36 years. Glad I was part of it working for C&O later CSX. Even if coal had continued at past levels I've been patiently waiting on the Panama Canal expansion. Recent articles are finally bring it to light.