Norfolk Southern Railroad responds to complaints – The Interior Journal

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In an article about the problems longer trains are causing in Lincoln County these days that was published last week, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said county residents have learned to managing the wait for trains to pass several level crossings through Moreland, McKinney and Geneva. fields for years.

“But it will get worse. The trains are getting longer,” Folger said.

He said there were also five families who lived on the Geneva-McKinney road behind the tracks and trains stopped and blocked their private passage for three to four hours.

“It’s terrible. I complained and complained and called and called, and it still happens,” Folger said.

He even told officials of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, which travels along the tracks “that they could potentially be held liable if anything were to happen…”.

He says he gets no response from the railroad. “They don’t even care,” Folger said.

Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern Railroad, wrote in an email after the article was published: “We feel we have a good relationship with local authorities and keep lines of communication open with them. We have not been made aware of their specific concerns recently, but we will coordinate with them and discuss their issues.

DeGraff said train lengths “varie based on customer demand and overall network volumes. We assemble our trains to maximize efficiency and safety.

Regarding the speed at which trains travel through the zone, “The Federal Railroad Administration sets train speeds for all freight railroads, and these speed limits vary by location. Much like road speeds, train tracks in more populated areas have lower speed limits than more open, less populated areas. In Lincoln and Boyle counties, there are train speed limits as low as 10 mph and as high as 60 mph. Norfolk Southern operates within posted speed limits.

Folger said railroad workers are supposed to unhook cars and move them out of crossings if they’re going to be there for a while, but they don’t. He even called the railway dispatch phone number several times in an attempt to get them to unblock the crossing, and tracked down the engineers and told them to move the trains.

“I’ve tried many times to sort this out, to no avail,” during his 15 years as sheriff.

Folger added, “It occurs to me that they don’t care about anyone but themselves.”

DeGraff wrote, “As a rule, “unhooking” trains at a crossing takes time. Certainly, if there is a known reason why the train will have to remain stopped for a long period of time or if there is an emergency, we will try to clear the crossing.

DeGraff added, “Norfolk Southern appears to be a responsible corporate citizen in the communities we pass through. We work hard to provide efficient, quality service to our customers who move freight that drives the economy, while recognizing the needs of the community. We will continue to look for ways to achieve this balance through cooperation and communication.

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