Major Expansion for Bellevue Terminal

BELLEVUE, OHIO – Norfolk Southern this month will begin a $160
million project to expand its Bellevue rail yard in Northern
Ohio, a project that will double the yard’s capacity in order
to meet rising demand for freight rail transportation.
“Bellevue is already an important terminal for the
classification and movement of freight, and this investment
will expand and modernize Bellevue, contributing to the fluid
movement of long-distance freight across our rail system,”
said Mark Manion, Norfolk Southern’s chief operating officer.
“This project will help us improve asset utilization and
efficiency, enhance customer service, strengthen our entire
22-state system, and further confirm Ohio’s importance to
freight rail transportation.”
Some 275 new railroad jobs will be added to the 700 positions
currently based in Bellevue. NS employs about 3,600 people
across Ohio and plans to hire another 60 in the state by the
end of 2012 to address attrition and shipper needs.
Other key elements of the project include:
   ·    38 new tracks, bringing the total number of
      classification tracks to 80.
   ·  38.5 miles of new rail, which will allow NS to increase
      the number of cars classified from about 1,800 to as
      many as 3,600 a day.
   ·    145 miles of underground cable for communication and
      signal systems.
   ·    140 new automated switches to direct train traffic to
      the proper tracks.
   ·    11 upgraded control points, signals that will make
      train access to the Bellevue facility more efficient.
Bellevue is one of 12 NS classification facilities, where
freight cars are collected and sorted for their final
destinations. When completed in 2015, Bellevue will be the
largest classification yard on the NS system.
The community of Bellevue has been a railroading center since
the late 19th century, when NS’ Nickel Plate Road predecessor
line came to town. Bellevue Yard opened in 1966 on NS’ Norfolk
and Western Railway predecessor line. Today, 100 to 110 trains
pass through daily, while 20 to 30 originate in the area and a
like number terminate in the area. For the most part, the
trains carry vehicles, vehicle parts, agricultural products,
and consumer products.