Isabel''s wake

Isabel''s wake

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

Freight was slow moving but returning to normal last week on CSX and Norfolk Southern in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel, which hit the East Coast on Sept. 18.

CSX had to deploy hundreds of generators to operate signals and gates on sections of its system in North Carolina and Virginia due to power outages caused by the storm. Local power outages continue to slow operations because of concerns about grade-crossing protection, CSX stated on Tuesday. "We were back up and running relatively quickly, and we expect to be returning to prestorm operating conditions within a week," said CSX spokesman Dan Murphy. CSX will continue to move freight traffic backlogged by the storm, while working to keep current traffic on schedule, he said.

As of Sept. 24, all major routes on NS''s system were open, the railroad stated, but commercial power outages continued to impact operations in eastern Virginia, particularly between Crewe and Norfolk. Generators and additional support have alleviated some of the delays, but customers with traffic into or through the area still should expect 12- to18-hour delays, NS said.

NS noted that force majeure was lifted effective 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 22 in all areas except eastern Virginia. Force majeure remains in effect on shipments normally moving from, to or via stations between Crewe and Norfolk.