The expansion at the CSX North Baltimore Northwest Ohio Intermodal is well underway!
The terminal, two miles west of North Baltimore, Ohio, in Henry Township CSX Gateway’s central hub, where CSX is able to aggregate sufficient freight volume to profitably serve smaller markets in the region, very similar to how airlines use hubs to create density for towns that they could not serve profitably point to point.
The 185-acre Ohio terminal currently has 24,000 feet of track, 100,000 feet of block-swapping track, five wide-span cranes and parking spaces for 280 container and/or trailer units. The facility handles more than 30 trains per day and performs 2 million container lifts per year.
The $40 million expansion, which has been underway for several months, is designed to increase the terminal’s capacity by 50 percent. Contractors are adding two wide-span cranes, and multiple processing, receiving and departure tracks. Eight 3,000-foot processing tracks will be extended to 5,300 feet. The project appears to be ahead of schedule, as track work appears near completion. Work to erect and commission the two wide-span cranes is well underway, with expected completion early in 2015.