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    Norfolk Southern has completed network improvements for its Thoroughbred Operating Plan (TOP) for merchandise traffic. Enola Yard, near Harrisburg, Pa., is the last piece of the puzzle to complement the company's efforts to reduce transit times and car handling for merchandise trains. Classification operations began Jan. 21.

    The company has quadrupled the switching capacity at Enola Yard. The project enables NS to streamline routings between certain origins and destinations, while enhancing the quality of service it offers.

    "This project symbolizes Norfolk Southern's aggressive pursuit of freight business moving between the Northeast and the South and further solidifies Harrisburg's position as a major freight hub for the Mid-Atlantic," said David Brown, general manager Northern Region. "Shippers should realize immediate benefits from the capacity increase at Enola, including improved transit times and equipment utilization."

    The improvements allow NS to process 600 cars per day, compared to 125 previously. The $9.8 million project involved rehabilitating nearly 13 miles of track, constructing nine miles of new track and replacing 10 miles of railroad ties. Also included in the project was the renovation of an unused office building and the installation of 12 light towers.

    "With this last piece in place, we can offer our customers more consistent, reliable service," said Dale Schaub, senior director service design and transportation planning. Schaub is part of a team located in Atlanta that monitors daily merchandise traffic performance in a command center. Performance is measured by on-time departures at origins, point-to-point transit and on-time arrivals at destinations. The team can make changes to the plan as conditions change, to ensure consistency.

    Enola Yard was built in 1905 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, an NS predecessor, and at one point was the largest rail freight classification yard in the U.S. Traffic through the yard reached its peak in the 1940s. Enola's role as a major railroad classification facility ended in 1993, when Conrail ceased hump operations.

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    Go to forums for updates. also some info on Railpace Mag has some news,links,also.NS screwed that yard up,I think!.Bill

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    SHUT UP your in a PA!