Waiting for a Train: Epic CSX Traffic Jam Sows Chaos From Coal to French Fries

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One of the most jarring changes by Mr. Harrison was the elimination of hump yards, massive facilities that sort long trains by rolling them down an incline and directing them toward tracks where new trains are built. Those trains then roll out to new destinations.

CSX’s Mr. Harrison wants more freight trains sorted when the railroad picks them up and to use locomotive power to break apart and reassemble trains. Soon after taking over at CSX, he closed eight of 12 hump yards, adding more strain to the four remaining locations.


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