CSX will shut down its rail network from Richmond, Va., northward to Albany, N.Y., , and as far east as Boston and as far west as Brunswick, Md., no later than 3 a.m. on Monday, the company said a service bulletin distributed today.
The railroad is taking the action in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Sandy, expected to occur somewhere in the Northeast, with the potential for wind- and water-related damage and power outages. CSX suggests freight rail customers secure railcars on their facilities away from areas that could flood.
CSX said it expects delays of at least 72 hours for freight traffic moving in the region after the storm passes. It is staging materials and generators outside the anticipated path of the storm so they can be deployed for cleanup efforts.