Norfolk Southern Delmarva Secondary Operations

The Delmarva Secondary is Norfolk Southern's primary north-south route on the Delmarva Peninsula. Stretching from Porter, De, to Pocomoke, Md, the 115-mile corrirdor passes through terminals at Dover, Harrington, Seaford and Delmar before reaching the interchange with the Bay Coast Railroad at Pocomoke. The corridor also connects to the Reybold Branch, Reybold Runng Track and New Castle Secondary at Porter and the Indian River Secondary in Harrington and features a mix of road freights and locals to be discussed in further detail below. Operations are conducted on radio frequencies 160.800 mhz (AAR 46) and 161.070 mhz (AAR 64). Click here for a Timetable of the Delmarva.

Road Trains

62W is a seasonal stone train that originates at H&K's Birdsboro Materials in Birdsboro, Pa, and passes through the terminals of Abrams, Edgemoor and Harrington before arriving at its destination of H&K's Dagsboro Materials in Millsboro, De. The train is usually powered by two or three NS six axle locomotives and varies between 60 and 80 cars in length that are an eclectic mix of second-hand stone cars typically adorned with HKGX reporting marks. During the stone shipping season, which can be most of the year depending on the intensity of winter for a particular year, 62W usually makes two trips per week to Millsboro, utilizing NS' Harrisburg Line to Philadelphia, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Edgemoor, the New Castle Secondary to Porter, the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington and the Indian River Secondary to Millsboro. The train's final leg of the journey is most often called out of Edgemoor between 2000 and 0200, though the call time varies based on the inbound train's arrival from Abrams and various other factors. Once the train is put away at H&K's Millsboro facility, an industry switcher is used to unload the cuts of cars until the entire train is empty, typically 12 to 16 hours after arrival.

63W is the empty seasonal stone train that originates at H&K's Dagsboro Materials in Millsboro, De, and passes through the terminals of Harrington, Edgemoor and Abrams before arriving at its destination of H&K's Birdsboro Materials in Birdsboro, Pa. The train utilizes the power and cars off of 62W and generally returns empty tracing 62Ws routing twice per week during the stone shipping season. The train's call time is dependent on when 62W arrived at Millsboro and when the stone cars are finished being unloaded. Due to weather and other circumstances, 63W does not always return empty the evening following the morning of 62W's arrival.

568 is a loaded coal train that operates on the Delmarva Peninsula to NRG's Indian River Generating Station. The trains typically feature two NS six axle road units and 105 loaded coal cars of NS or private ownership. The trains originate from coal mines in the Monongahela coal fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the West Virginia coal fields of Bluefield and even as far away as Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Though these are the current symbols being used for the trains, they change wildy and often. Once arrived at Enola from their points of origin, the trains are called out of Enola any night of the week between 1800 and 2359 and travel the Port Road Branch to Perryville, Md, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor north to Newark, De, the Reybold Branch south to Porter, the Delmarva Secondary south to Harrington and the Indian River Secondary to the generating station. Coal trains rarely make it to Indian River without being recrewed somewhere between Clayton and Houston on their routing. The empty counterparts to the loaded trains operate once the loaded train has been dumped or another set of hoppers from a previous loaded train is ready to go at Indian River. Their symbols also vary frequently and wildy, and while 567 is most often used, other symbols in the 800-series may be used as well. The empty trains are usually called between 2000 and 2359 at Harrington, and the crew must taxi down and make up their train before heading west for Enola.

Grain trains are the final form of road train to the Delmarva Peninsula. These trains have three NS six axle road units and 85 loaded corn cars that are enroute to Allen Foods in Cannon, De, or Amick Farms in Delmar, De. Their symbols vary wildly but are typically even numbers in the 400 or 500 series and are alphanumeric composed of two numbers and 1 letter, such as 42K, 46A or 50K. These trains originate from loading points in Ohio, Michigan and other midwestern grain states. Once arrived at Enola, Pa, the trains are typically called out between 1800 and 2200 and travel south down the Port Road Branch to Perryville, north on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor to Newark, De, south on the Reybold Branch to Porter and then south on the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington where they are forwarded to Cannon or Delmar by a local crew. Once emptied, which occurs 24 to 36 hours after being placed at the feed mills for unloading, the locomotives and cars return to Harrington where they are most often sent out as part of K64, though sporadically are called as a separate train with an odd-number alphanumeric symbol such as 51K or 51R.

Local Freights

K64 is a turn job out of Newark, De, that performs the work formerly done by road trains 12G and 13G south of Newark. K64 is on duty at 0400 Tuesday-Saturday and operates south on the Reybold Branch to Porter and then south on the Delmarva Secondary to Harrington. At Harrington, the local picks up the outbound local traffic from every south of Harrington and returns north to Newark. Since K64 is essentially an extension of road train 12G to Harrington, and the start of road train 13G, it uses the inbound 12G power at Newark and the power departs Newark that evening on 13G. The only southbound local work regularly performed by K64 is setting off cars for Dover, De, local K94 at Dover, and less frequently setting off stone at Felton, De. Northbound, K64 can have local work at Felton, and also typically makes a pickup at Dover, De, of cars from Dover local K94 that are ready to go back to other parts of the system. On Sunday and Monday the K64 is sometimes covered by an extra K01 or K06, but other times is not operated at all.

K94 is NS' Dover, De, based local, on duty Monday-Friday at 0900 in Harrington to taxi to their power at Dover. The train performs local work on the Delmarva Secondary between Middletown and Dover, and due to the amount of facing and trailing point switches with their work it will usually operate push-pull mode with a locomotive on each end. The train will most often perform local work around Dover on M/W/F, spending time at Kraft and First State and making up their train for the T/Th runs north of Dover. On the two days the local works north of town, it will perform a variety of industry work based on customer needs, including PPG and Pardue at Cheswold, Southern States at Clayton, Peavey and the MDDE interchange at Townsend, and finally Letica, Del Star and Southern States at Middletown.

K39 and K43 are the Harrington based yard jobs. The K39 is on duty Su-Th at 1000 and the K43 is on duty Tu-Sat at 0500. The first order of business for K43 will be to make up the outbound K64 at the north end of Harrington so that the train can be inspected and go out that morning upon K64's arrival. The K43 will also meet K64 at the north end of Harrington and pull the inbound train into the yard to be switched out once K64 cuts away with their power and ties onto their outbound train. The K39 will usually switch out the inbound K64 cars for their respective local destinations, but this work may also be performed by K43 on the K39's rest days. Both the K39 and K43 will also perform local work on the Delmarva Secondary at Felton, Farmington and Greenwood, as well as the Indian River Secondary at Houston and Milford as required.

K42 is NS' Indian River Secondary local, on duty at Harrington Monday-Friday at 0800 and making a roundtrip to Frankford, De on the Indian River. Southbound, the train performs local work at Southern States in Milford, the DCL interchanges at Ellendale and Georgetown, VFL at Indian River, and Mountaire and the MDDE interchange at Frankford. Northbound, the train performs work at Southern States in Dagsboro, U.S. Cold Storage and Growmark in Milford, and Paris Foods at Houston. Of note, the local will usually turn itself on the wye track at Indian River and shove south from there to Frankford before performing local work and starting the trip back north.

K61 is NS' supply local for the southern end of the Delmarva Secondary, on duty at Delmar Monday-Friday at 2000 and making a roundtrip to Harrington. On the northbound trip, K61's only work is to pick up the outbound Seaford cars from Seaford siding before arriving at Harrington. Southbound, the train's only scheduled local work is Perdue at Bridgeville, though it is often called upon to work Willards Agri-Service at Farmington, Yoder at Greenwood and a fertilizer customer at Bridgeville. Also while heading south, the train sets out cars for local K57 on Seaford siding before continuing on to Delmar where it leaves its train for Delmar locals K92 and K93.

K01 and K06 are extra crew symbols called out of Harrington any day or the week at any time. Common uses for the symbol is an extra weekend yard job or road train relief.

K57 is NS' Seaford based local, on duty Monday-Friday at 0700 and working a variety of industries around Seaford, as well as interchanging cars with the MDDE in the yard. In town, the K57 works Venture Milling and Gardner Asphalt as required. The train runs north to Allen's Milling in Cannon virtually every day and may also perform work south of town at Perdue in Blades as well as Southern States and Growmark in Laurel. Due to changing customer needs each day, the train doesn't really have a pattern of operation.

K92 and K93 are the Delmar based locals, working the southern limits of the Delmarva Secondary between Laurel and Pocomoke. Both locals work Monday-Friday, with the K93 on duty at 0700 and the K92 on duty at 1000. The K93 performs local work at Amick Farms in Delmar as well as Perdue and Southern States in Salisbury. They may also venture north to Growmark in Laurel. The K92 makes a roundtrip to Pocomoke, Md, working Sharp Energy and Mountaire in King's Creek, Md, while traveling southbound, and then working Crop Production Services and the BCRR interchange at Pocomoke before returning northbound direct to Delmar.

Amtrak KP701 is the shop supply train for Amtrak's Bear Shops, which is located off of the Delmarva Secondary at Porter adjacent to NS Del Pro Yard. The train originates at Wilmington on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and operates south on the NEC in push-pull mode to DAVIS interlocking where it reverses and travels southward for approximately six miles on the Reybold Branch before reaching its destination. The train follows the reverse routing on its return trip and generally appears three to five days per week in the mid to late morning, returning in the afternoon. Traffic handled by the job can include locomotives, passenger cars, baggage and concrete tie cars.

900 series Norfolk Southern trains are one of a few things. Most of those traveling to the Delmarva will be work trains, operating with symbols such as 920 or 934. These work trains can range from ballast trains to equipment movements and most often occur between December and April when NS tends to perform their trackwork on Delmarva. 904 is the NS symbol for the Track Geometry train, which visits Delmarva once every 12 to 18 months and often runs the Indian River Secondary as far as Millsboro. 951 and 955 are the symbols for the NS Office Car train.

Info current as of February 2016

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