With little fanfare Wednesday, the new Northwest Ohio Tran-Shipment Terminal west of North Baltimore, began the operations of moving freight in a more efficient, economical and green manner. What has been billed as a "game changer' in the cargo industry, will surely change the way we in NB go about our daily lives.
The expectation of up to 30 intermodal stack trains in and out of the huge, ultra-modern freight handling yard and the possibility of around 70 trucks, through the CSX gates on State Route 18 two miles west of NB, will make getting from the north side of town to the south (and visa-versa) an adventure that will challenge school children, emergency crews and put 'n near everyone else!
This is one of the first trains that pulled out of the CSX NWO Intermodal Swap Yard. As the trains, which can approach two miles long pull out of the yard, they have to build up speed going though town heading east.
The welcome sign to the left does not portend the wait that many will have, has intermodal stack trains make
their way to the eastern sea ports in Baltimore, Maryland. NB hopes that much good will come along with the not so good (waiting, train horns, truck traffic), in the form of jobs. Some estimates say maybe 3,000 in the next 10 years!
This fellow might be taking a photo to mark the "historic moment." More likely is that he is taking a photo to show why he is running late, "see... I had to wait for two trains at the same time!"
The old depot in Downtown NB has seen much history, many trains and all manner of freight since the late 1800's. Now a "new" methodology of transferring goods begins. What's old is new again!
Backing up on South Main Street as travelers, locals and contractors wait for the train to clear the tracks. I saw someone joke on Facebook that there will be 2-hour school delays due to train traffic! If the timing is right, you can have 3 trains pass, back & forth, before the tracks will clear. I've seen the crossings blocked by moving trains for 15 minutes!