Screen capture of the home page of the new Buckingham Branch website
The Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) launched a new state-of-the art website today with interactive industrial site location features to assist customers seeking rail-freight-served buildings or sites and rail/truck transload sites in Virginia. BuckinghamBranch.com The website makes it easy for potential freight customers or industrial site location consultants to find the best locations in Virginia for new or expanding manufacturing or distribution facilities requiring rail service.
A section of new sidetrack laid out before final installation in Clarksville, VA on the BB Virginia Southern Division.
The Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) announced today that the company has completed a signficant sidtrack improvement project in Clarksville, VA. The project will restore rail service to the site of the former Burlington Industries in Clarksville, one and one-half miles south of the intersection of east-west bound U.S. Highway 58 and north-south bound U.S. Highway 15. BB’s track work covered nearly one mile of track – the rehabilitation of 2,800 feet of the Clarksville Wye track on BB’s Virginia Southern Division, and 2,200 feet of new sidetrack construction inside the Burlington site. The project was undertaken by BB’s Track and Structures Department and was finished on schedule.
The BB 1 Locomotive pulls freight cars across the James River on the BB Buckingham Division. BB train service began 27 years ago on the Buckingham Division.
In March, the Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) marked the 27th anniversary of the first BB treight train on March 6, 1989. Twenty-seven years later the co-founders, Bob and Annie Bryant, are still actively involved in the BB. Bob is BB’s Board Chairman and Annie is Board Vice Chairman. “We are proud to be a family-owned, small business which has preserved railroad freight service to central and southern Virginia now for 27 years,” Bob Bryant said. “We started with one locomotive, one train crew and 17 miles of track. Today we have 14 locomotives, seven train crews and 275 miles of track. Most importantly, we are providing safe, reliable rail freight service to more than 40 customers who otherwise would not have rail shipment as an option.”
Lois Frank, BB Corporate Secretary (2nd from right); Kyle Frank, BB Transportation Supervisor (3rd from right); and Bill Hamilton, BB Director of Business Development (4th from right); meet with Virginia 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt (right) as part of Railroad Day.
Buckingham Branch Railroad officials met with Virginia Congressmen and Senators as part of Railroad Day 2016. Lois Bryant Frank, BB Corporate Secretary, Kyle Frank, BB Transportation Supervisor, and Bill Hamilton, BB Director of Business Development, particpated in meetings with the offices of Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and eight Virginia Congressmen as part of Railroad Day 2016, an annual event organized by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and the American Association of Railroads (AAR).
Left to Right, Gale Wilson, Buckingham Branch Railroad; Doug Long, Winchester and Western Railroad; Larry LeMond, Bay Coast Railroad; and Cannon Moss, Portsmouth and Norfolk Beltline Railroad; at the Virginia Railroad Association 2015 Annual Meeting.
Gale Wilson, Buckingham Branch Railroad Senior Vice President, was honored by the Virginia Railroad Association (VRA) at the associations’ 2015 Annual Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. Wilson was recognized for his oustanding service to the VRA as president of the association for eight years. The VRA has as members the nine shortline railroads based in Virginia, plus Class 1 railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern, and railroad freight customers and vendors.
Pictured above are, L. to R., Bill Mitchem, BB Supervisor of Operations; Bob Bryant, BB Board Chairman; Ross Dietrich, Jane Sarnacky, Patrick Fuchs, and Allison Cullin United State Senate staff; and Steve Powell, BB President.
On August 21, 2015 professional staff from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Office of Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) attended a tour of the Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) in Staunton, VA on the BB’s Richmond & Alleghany Division. The meeting was arranged by the firm of Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell on behalf of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). The topic at hand was preservation of the Section 45-G short line railroad tax credit.
Kyle Harris, conductor for the BB Z631 Train Crew, checks car orders for the day on his Android Tablet.
If you see Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) train crew out working these days, you might notice something new. Each train crew is now equipped with an Android tablet to keep track of car movements and communicate with our agent. Since the start of the BB in 1989, the railroad industry has been striving to become more efficient. When railroads interchange cars to each other, accurate and timely data are critical. When information is delayed, shipments get delayed and railcars will sit in a yard until the next railroad knows where to take the car. In the past, the BB agent would prepare and fax a switch list for each crew at the beginning of the shift. This paperwork would show the crews where to stop and what to do with the cars in their train. Throughout the day, the conductor would write notes on the paper and fax it back to the agent at the end of the shift which might be in the middle of the night when no agent is on duty.