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.
Sidetrack into the new Buckingham Branch Gordonsville Transload Site on the Richmond & Alleghany Division.
The Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) continues to meet growing customer demand by expanding the railroad’s trans-load capability across Virginia, enabling manufacturers and distribution centers to access global markets. In June, BB completed purchase of a new trans-load site three and a half miles east of Gordonsville, Virginia on BB’s Richmond & Alleghany Division. A rail spur serves the site today with BB plans to construct additional track as trans-load business grows. The site is capable of handling different types of freight for trans-load to or from trucks.
Left to right, Buckingham Branch CEO Mark Bryant, Board Chairman Bob Bryant, and President Steve Powell display the ASLRRA Most Improved Safety Record award.
2014 was the culmination of a four-year initiative by the Buckingham Branch Railroad (BB) to improve safety at the railroad. The results exceeded management’s expectation and were recognized by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). In March, at the Annual Safety Awards program, the ASLRRA named the Buckingham Branch the 2014 winner of the Most Improved Safety Record among America’s short line railroads.