O’FALLON – Drivers should be watching this afternoon for a very long, very slow train to roll through O’Fallon.
CSX is clearing their track near Shattuc and Aviston of stored train cars. The company sent a single engine east on Wednesday to retrieve the cars, however, after obtaining the cars in Shattuc, they realized the engine was underpowered to also hook on the cars in Aviston.
As a result, it is suspected CSX will run a second engine east on Friday morning to meet up with the previous engine and begin hauling the train back west to East St. Louis.
CSX has estimated the train will come through O’Fallon between 1-3 p.m. but it may be delayed due to the additional step of getting another engine, if they opt to do so.
That locomotive will be transporting about 210 rail cars westbound through town at ten miles per hour. Every crossing will be staffed with CSX Flaggers and CSX Police. This second trip will likely cause delays of 10-15 minutes per crossing.
The cars were brought out east and stored at Shattuc and Aviston a while back. Back in December the O’Fallon Weekly reported that CSX had plans to retrieve those cars that had been sitting unused. The Federal Railroad Administration had granted a petition to retrieve the cars as long as the trains did not exceed ten miles per hour and that CSX had flaggers and company police at every grade crossing.