The operations of Norfolk Southern in northern Delaware are constantly evolving. NS has primary yards at Newark and Edgemoor, as well as terminals at Reybold and the Port of Wilmington where switching activity is performed. There are road freights, unit trains, locals, Amtrak and SEPTA trains all sharing time and space in this area. To see a map of this area, click here.
NS maintains trackage rights over every mile of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor in Delaware. On the southern end of those rights, road trains utilize the NEC between Perryville, Md, and Newark, De, to access the Reybold Branch connection at DAVIS interlocking. Road trains traveling to Edgemoor continue north past Newark before leaving the NEC to access the Shellpot Secondary at RAGAN interlocking, just south of Wilmington. But for a local, NS operations typically do not occur on the stretch of track between RAGAN and BELL, which includes Wilmington station. North of BELL, the only scheduled NS traffic is unit trains and locals. At any time, NS may be ferrying local traffic or motive power across the NEC between the yards of Newark and Edgemoor, and there is also NS local work on the NEC in Delaware from Claymont all the way south to Elkton, Md, just over the state line.
The Reybold Branch is the CTC signaled connection from Amtrak's Northeast Corridor at DAVIS interlocking to the Reybold Running Track, Delmarva Seconday and New Castle Secondary tracks at the Porter diamond. Road trains, locals and Amtrak share this brief 6-mile stretch of railroad between Newark and Porter that was formerly part of the Delmarva Secondary before it was signalized in 2015.
The Shellpot Secondary is a 3 mile branch providing access to and from the south end of Edgemoor Yard for trains operating on Amtrak's NEC. The branch begins at RAGAN interlocking on the NEC and ends a few miles later as it crosses Bridge 3 moveable bridge and becomes the Shellpot Industrial Track entering Edgemoor Yard. Also at Bridge 3, the Shellpot connects to the New Castle Secondary via a wye formed by the New Connection Industrial Track. All NS freight trains using the NEC to enter or depart Edgemoor from the south use this branch to the connection at RAGAN. North of Edgemoor, NS trains access the NEC directly at BELL interlocking. Click here for a Timetable of the Shellpot.
The New Castle Secondary is a 14 mile branchline connecting the Shellpot Secondary and Shellpot Industrial Track (Edgemoor Yard) to the north with the Reybold Branch, Delmarva Secondary and Reybold Running Track to the south at Porter. The New Connection Industrial Track helps form a wye at the connection to the Shellpot. The New Castle serves as the NS connection to the busy Port of Wilmington terminal area and is rich with chemical traffic for online customers and for the terminal at Reybold which is accessed by a brief running track at Porter. Unit trains and locals share this branch. Click here for a Timetable of the New Castle (before the days of the Reybold Branch).
The Delmarva Secondary is Norfolk Southern's primary north-south route on the Delmarva Peninsula. Stretching from the diamond at Porter to Pocomoke, Md, the branch intersects the Reybold Branch, New Castle Secondary and Reybold Running Track at Porter. Click here for a Timetable of the Delmarva (before the days of the Reybold Branch).
NS operations on the Amtrak NEC are conducted on 160.920 mhz (AAR 54). Other NS operations are conducted on radio frequencies 160.800 mhz (AAR 46), 161.070 mhz (AAR 64), 160.410 mhz (AAR 20), 160.860 mhz (AAR 50) and 160.980 mhz (58).
12G is the supply train for the Delmarva Peninsula, originating at Conway (Pittsburgh), Pa, and passing through the busy terminal of Enola (Harrisburg) before reaching Newark. A crew is called out of Enola daily, typically between 1800 and 2359 to bring the train down the Port Road Branch from Enola to Perryville, Md, north on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Newark. Call time is highly dependent on when the inbound 12G and trains with connecting cars reach Enola, which dictate when the train is made up, inspected and ready to depart Enola.
13G is the counterpart to 12G, originating at Newark, De, and passing through Enola before reaching its terminus in Conway. A crew is called out of Newark daily, typically between 1700 and 2200 to take the train across Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Perryville and west on the Port Road Branch to Enola. Since the same crew that brought 12G in during the morning is used to turn back on 13G at night, the train's call time is highly dependent on when 12G tied down during the morning and when the crew got to the hotel for rest.
36A is the supply train for NS' northern Delaware operations, originating at Enola, Pa, and operating down the Port Road Branch to Perryville, north on Amtrak's NEC to Wilmington (RAGAN interlocking) and then north on the Shellpot Secondary before terminating at Edgemoor yard. The train operates seven days a week and is typically called out of Enola between 1800 and 0200. Call time is highly dependent on when train 36A and other trains with connecting cars reach Enola, which dictate when the train is made up, inspected and ready to depart Enola.
37A is the counterpart to 36A, originating at Edgemoor and running south on the Shellpot Secondary and Amtrak's NEC before heading west on the Port Road Branch at Perryville and terminating at Enola. A crew is called out of Edgemoor each evening, typically between 2000 and 2359. Since the same crew that brought 36A in during the morning is used to turn back on 37A at night, the train's call time is highly dependent on when 36A tied down during the morning and when the crew got to the hotel for rest.
64R is an as-needed unit crude oil train that originates in North Dakota and, once in Enola, operates down the Port Road Branch to Perryville and then north on Amtrak's NEC before arriving in Delaware. Once in Delaware, the train will enter the Reybold Branch at Newark (DAVIS interlocking) and operate south to Porter where it will cross the New Castle Secondary on a diamond and enter the Reybold Running Track to access the train's destination of PBF Energy in Reybold (Delaware City), De. The trains are usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and are about 100 cars in length. The trains may also have distributed power (DPU) on the rear of the train.
65R is an as-needed empty unit crude oil train that is the counterpart to 64R. The train originates at PBF Energy in Reybold and operates off of the Reybold Running Track at Porter, cross the New Castle Secondary on a diamond and then operate north on the Reybold Branch to connect to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor at Newark (DAVIS interlocking), then south on Amtrak's NEC before heading west on the Port Road Branch at Perryville and continuing to North Dakota. These trains are made up of solid blocks of empty oil cars that arrived on a 64R and were unloaded on the loop tracks at PBF Energy in Reybold. The trains are usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and are about 100 cars in length. The trains may also have distributed power (DPU) on the rear of the train.
66X is an as-needed unit crude oil train that originates in Conway, Pennsylvania, most often with crude oil cars that arrived at Conway in smaller non-unit train blocks from various points of origin in the Dakotas and Canada. From Enola, the train operates down the Port Road Branch to Perryville and then north on Amtrak's NEC before arriving in Delaware. Once in Delaware, the train will typically enter the Reybold Branch at Newark (DAVIS interlocking) and operate south to Porter where it will cross the New Castle Secondary on a diamond and enter the Reybold Running Track to access the train's destination of PBF Energy in Reybold (Delaware City), De., where they may be spotted on the loops for unloading or be put away in the yard at Reybold. The trains are usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and are about 100 cars in length.
65X and 67X are as-needed empty unit crude oil train that is the counterpart to 66X and originate at PBF Energy in Reybold and operate off of the Reybold Running Track at Porter, cross the New Castle Secondary on a diamond and then operate north on the Reybold Branch to connect to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor at Newark (DAVIS interlocking), then south on Amtrak's NEC before heading west on the Port Road Branch at Perryville and continuing to North Dakota. These trains are made up of solid blocks of empty oil cars that arrived on a loaded crude oil train and were unloaded at PBF Energy in Reybold. The trains are usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and are about 100 cars in length.
62W is a seasonal stone train that originates at H&K's Birdsboro Materials in Birdsboro, Pa, and passes through the terminals of Abrams, Edgemoor and Harrington before arriving at its destination of H&K's Dagsboro Materials in Millsboro, De. The train is usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and varies between 60 and 80 cars in length that are an eclectic mix of second-hand stone cars typically adorned with HKGX reporting marks. During the stone shipping season, which can be most of the year depending on the intensity of winter for a particular year, 62W usually makes two trips per week to Millsboro, utilizing NS' Harrisburg Line to Philadelphia, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Edgemoor, the New Castle Secondary to Porter, the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington and the Indian River Secondary to Millsboro. The train's final leg of the journey is most often called out of Edgemoor between 2000 and 0200, though the call time varies based on the inbound train's arrival from Abrams and various other factors. Once the train is put away at H&K's Millsboro facility, an industry switcher is used to unload the cuts of cars until the entire train is empty, typically 12 to 16 hours after arrival.
63W is the empty seasonal stone train that originates at H&K's Dagsboro Materials in Millsboro, De, and passes through the terminals of Harrington, Edgemoor and Abrams before arriving at its destination of H&K's Birdsboro Materials in Birdsboro, Pa. The train utilizes the power and cars off of 62W and generally returns empty tracing 62Ws routing twice per week during the stone shipping season. The train's call time is dependent on when 62W arrived at Millsboro and when the stone cars are finished being unloaded. Due to weather and other circumstances, 63W does not always return empty the evening following the morning of 62W's arrival.
568 is a loaded coal train that operates on the Delmarva Peninsula to NRG's Indian River Generating Station. The trains typically feature two NS six axle road units and 105 loaded coal cars of NS or private ownership. The trains originate from coal mines in the Monongahela coal fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the West Virginia coal fields of Bluefield and even as far away as Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Though these are the current symbols being used for the trains, they change wildy and often. Once arrived at Enola from their points of origin, the trains are called out of Enola any night of the week between 1800 and 2359 and travel the Port Road Branch to Perryville, Md, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor north to Newark, De, the Reybold Branch south to Porter, the Delmarva Secondary south to Harrington and the Indian River Secondary to the generating station. Coal trains rarely make it to Indian River without being recrewed somewhere between Clayton and Houston on their routing. The empty counterparts to the loaded trains operate once the loaded train has been dumped or another set of hoppers from a previous loaded train is ready to go at Indian River. Their symbols also vary frequently and wildy, and while 567 is most often used, other symbols in the 800-series may be used as well. The empty trains are usually called between 2000 and 2359 at Harrington, and the crew must taxi down and make up their train before heading west for Enola.
Grain trains are the final form of road train to the Delmarva Peninsula. These trains have three NS six axle road units and 85 loaded corn cars that are enroute to Allen Foods in Cannon, De, or Amick Farms in Delmar, De. Their symbols vary wildly but are typically even numbers in the 400 or 500 series and are alphanumeric composed of two numbers and 1 letter, such as 42K, 46A or 50K. These trains originate from loading points in Ohio, Michigan and other midwestern grain states. Once arrived at Enola, Pa, the trains are typically called out between 1800 and 2200 and travel south down the Port Road Branch to Perryville, north on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Newark, De, south on the Reybold Branch to Porter and then south on the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington where they are forwarded to Cannon or Delmar by a local crew. Once emptied, which occurs 24 to 36 hours after being placed at the feed mills for unloading, the locomotives and cars return to Harrington where they are most often sent out as part of K64, though sporadically are called as a separate train with an odd-number alphanumeric symbol such as 51K or 51R.
K64 is a turn job out of Newark, De, that performs the work formerly done by road trains 12G and 13G south of Newark. K64 is on duty at 0400 Tuesday-Saturday and operates south on the Reybold Branch to Porter and then south on the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington. At Harrington, the local picks up the outbound local traffic from every south of Harrington and returns north to Newark. Since K64 is essentially an extension of road train 12G to Harrington, and the start of road train 13G, it uses the inbound 12G power at Newark and the power departs Newark that evening on 13G. The only southbound local work regularly performed by K64 is setting off cars for Dover, De, local K94 at Dover, and less frequently setting off stone at Felton, De. Northbound, K64 can have local work at Felton, and also typically makes a pickup at Dover, De, of cars from Dover local K94 that are ready to go back to other parts of the system. On Sunday and Monday the K64 is sometimes covered by an extra K01 or K06, but other times is not operated at all.
K62 and K58 are NS' Edgemoor yard jobs. The K62 works daily in the morning hours while the K58 works daily in the afternoon hours, starting around 1500. Though the jobs are daily, they are covered by relief crew K52 on certain days of the week, so the K52 symbol may be used in their placed on those days. All of the jobs can be employed in any type of duty switching cars and making up trains around Edgemoor, the Northeast Corridor and the Port of Wilmington.
K56 is the local for DuPont in Edgemoor, which is just north of the yard along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. This job is based in Edgemoor and works M-F, on duty before the K62 and spending its day within Edgemoor yard and the DuPont complex.
K53 is the Edgemoor based New Castle Secondary switcher, on duty M-F in the morning. Once the local's train is made up it will cross Bridge 3 and begin its journey down the New Castle Secondary, working Croda at Atlas Point, Printpack and a lumber receiver at New Castle and continuing on to Porter where it can also work Rocla Concrete Tie before turning back to Edgemoor.
K60 is the Edgemoor based local that works the Port of Wilmington and surrounding trackage, on duty M-F in the mid morning hours. This train will use Bridge 3 to access the New Castle Secondary and the Port of Wilmington, spending its day working within the confines of the Port and the industries surrounding the Port area.
K55 is the daylight Edgemoor based Port of Wilmington auto ramp switcher, on duty M-F at 1100. This job typically sets inbound autoracks and pulls the empties from the Honda auto ramp just southwest of the Port of Wilmington on the New Castle Secondary, crossing Bridge 3 to access the Port from Edgemoor yard. Once the loads are spotted and the empties are gathered, the local will often take the empties to Newark yard, traveling south on the Shellpot Secondary and Amtrak Northeast Corridor to access Newark, where the empties are left for pickup. The train commonly returns to Edgemoor lite after this move.
K52 is an Edgemoor based relief job that works yard assignments on the normal crew's rest days and has one additional day where they perform other work. On Saturday and Sunday the K52 works the K62's assignments. On Monday and Tuesday they work the K58's assignments. On Wednesdays the K52 will typically work as a separate job and perform work at the CSX interchange, known as "the B&O" at West yard adjacent to the Northeast Corridor just south of Wilmington station. These assignments can vary.
K35 and K54 are Newark based local jobs that switch out carload traffic for the PBF Energy refinery in Reybold and then travel to the refinery to work PBF, the Formosa plant at Delaware City and sometimes Rolca Concrete Tie at Porter. The K35 is on duty M-F and K54 works Weds-Sun. Supplmenting these two jobs is the K51 out of Edgemoor. Collectively, the locals keep traffic flowing to and from the refinery and Newark, as well as Edgemoor (as needed), yards.
K37 is NS' Edgemoor based local that works the industries along the Amtrak Northeast Corridor between Harmony and Newark, De. The job works Sun-Thurs at 2000, will operate south out of Edgemoor across Bridge 3 and enter the NEC at RAGAN interlocking, heading to switch FMC and Liquid Container on the NEC in Newark as well as any additional work in Harmony or Stanton.
K01 and K06 are extra crew symbols called any day or the week at any time. Common uses for the symbol is an extra weekend yard job or road train relief.
Amtrak KP701 is the shop supply train for Amtrak's Bear Shops, which is located off of the Delmarva Secondary at Porter adjacent to NS Del Pro Yard. The train originates at Wilmington on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and operates south on the NEC in push-pull mode to DAVIS interlocking where it reverses and travels southward for approximately six miles on the Reybold Branch before reaching its destination. The train follows the reverse routing on its return trip and generally appears three to five days per week in the mid to late morning, returning in the afternoon. Traffic handled by the job can include locomotives, passenger cars, baggage and concrete tie cars.
900 series Norfolk Southern trains are one of a few things. Most of those traveling to the Delmarva will be work trains, operating with symbols such as 920 or 934. These work trains can range from ballast trains to equipment movements and most often occur between December and April when NS tends to perform their trackwork on Delmarva. 904 is the NS symbol for the Track Geometry train, which visits Delmarva once every 12 to 18 months. 951 and 955 are the symbols for the NS Office Car train.
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