NS: Ayer Container Traffic Temporarily “Frozen”

NS 22K has been handling autoracks and intermodal traffic this winter. A temporary abolishment of this train will shift the racks to the 11R/16R train, which has recently been extended to Ayer as its eastern terminus. East Deerfield had been the eastern terminal previously {photo Sam Botts}.

13.February, Ayer MA – NS has released a flurry of messages regarding winter weather delays and congestion, leading to the temporary cancelation of some trains beginning on 08.February.  As a result of slow gate activity following several rounds of winter storms and frigid temperatures gripping the Northeast and Chicago regions, NS announced in Shipper Alerts that due to the terminal congestion, NS began restricting domestic ingates in both Chicago and various Northeast terminals.

To help alleviate the congestion, effective 00:01 local time, Thurs.11.Feb, NS began restricting domestic in-gates at the following Northeast origins for shipments billed to Chicago local or billed through Chicago and requiring a rubber tire crosstown:

  • Ayer
  • Albany
  • Bethlehem
  • Erail
  • Harrisburg
  • Morrisville

Effective at 00:01 Friday February 12, local time, NS stopped accepting eastbound units destined to the following locations at the Chicago 47th St. terminal:

  • Ayer
  • Erail
  • Bethlehem
  • Morrisville (New)
  • Harrisburg (New)
  • Albany (New)
  • Taylor (New)

The in-gates at the following terminals remain closed to units destined to Chicago 47th St.  This includes traffic for local Chicago delivery as well as all interline traffic requiring a rubber tire crosstown:

  • Ayer
  • Erail
  • Bethlehem
  • Morrisville
  • Harrisburg
  • Albany
  • Taylor

NS has canceled or abolished 22K-11, 22K-12, 22K-13 and 23K-12, 23K-13, and 23K-14 between Chicago 47th St and Ayer.  This is only a temporary measure aimed at reducing congestion and clearing terminals.  There is several rounds of potential heavy snow forecast for the next week and could continue to impact the intermodal terminals.  There is no timeline set for the next train to or from Ayer.