Monday, February 18, 2013
There have been fewer and fewer trains rumbling through town during the past 15 years, reports LoveLakewood.com.
Have you noticed fewer trains on the “Nickel Plate” line during the past several years? Apparently, it’s not a fluke. LoveLakewood.com reported that five was the most trains that passed through in a single day in a three-month stretch at the end of 2012. The average number of trains rolling through Lakewood was two, according to the report. Compare that to the daily average of 34 trains that passed through town prior to a 1998 agreement — between Norfolk Southern and a number of west-shore communities — capping the number of trains at 13.9. Norfolk Southern was able to reduce the train traffic by moving it to the Chicago line, located south of Birdtown, reported LoveLakewood.com. For more on the city’s train traffic — including a fancy …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Norfolk Southern spokesman says that the trains have been putting on the brakes to cede traffic from oncoming trains.
The loud ‘crash’ sounds coming from the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks during the past week are no cause for alarm, officials said Monday. During the past week, several residents have reached out to Lakewood Patch inquiring about loud noises coming from the trains on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between 8 and 9 p.m. each night last week. The trains are “crawling along and coming to frequent stops, creating loud and unsettling bangs,” said one resident. “They would go so slow, then stop and it would sound like a accident but there was not (an) accident,” said another resident. “What is going on here? It's crazy (and) scary.” Norfolk Southern spokesman David Pidgeon said that the sounds are the result of trains putting the brakes …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Street set to be closed for 30 days as Fabrizi Trucking crews work to replace line underneath the railroad tracks.
Nicholson Avenue will be closed for 30 days as crews work to replace a water line under the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. City officials said the line needed replaced because of constant water main breaks in the line from Hazelwood to Merl avenues. The total cost of the project is $138,000, according to Bill Corrigan, the division manager of engineering for the city of Lakewood, adding that the crews from Fabrizi Trucking will bore under the tracks rather than dig up the lines. "Depending on how long it takes to get under the tracks, it could take three weeks or more," he said.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
54-year-old Lakewood resident found guilty Monday of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and trespassing on railroad property; suffered only broken ribs after train struck him.
A 54-year-old man who was hit by a freight train after playing “chicken” with it last Saturday night was found guilty Monday of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and trespassing on railroad property. Both charges are minor misdemeanors. He was fined $150 on each charge, plus court costs, by Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Patrick Carroll. The man — who lives in the 1600 block of Clarence Avenue — suffered only minor injuries, including broken ribs. The incident stems from an incident at around 10:22 p.m. July 9, when a train on the Norfolk Southern tracks struck the Lakewood resident after he was playing “chicken” with the train, according to police. The train hit its brakes after striking him, which subsequently disrupted the flow of …
Monday, July 11, 2011
The 54-year-old man who was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train was allegedly waiting for the locomotive between the rails of the track and jumped away a moment too late.
A 54-year-old Lakewood man who was struck by a freight train this past Saturday night was allegedly playing “chicken” with the locomotive as it sped toward him. Lakewood police, who are investigating the incident, say that the man was intoxicated at the time of the incident. It was originally reported that alcohol did not seem to play a factor. However, the police are currently in talks with the prosecutor’s office in order to cite him with public intoxication and a traffic violation, Capt. Ed Hassing said. The traffic ticket stems from the fact that the train hit its brakes after striking the man, which subsequently disrupted the flow of traffic on several roads east and west of Belle Avenue. The man remains at Fairview Hospital …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Roads closed following incident at around 10:30 p.m.
A 54-year-old Lakewood man is in the hospital after he was struck by a train near Belle Avenue on Saturday night. The man was hit by the train as he was walking along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at 10:22 p.m. Sgt. Frank Eschweiler, of the Lakewood Police Department, said that the man was taken to Fairview Hospital with “non-life-threatening” injuries. Neighbors reported the incident. Eschweiler said it’s not known how fast the train was traveling, but noted that it was not going faster than the 35 mph limit. The train came to a stop, and police closed off the street during an investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Eschweiler said the man is lucky to have survived, and noted this isn’t the first time someone has …
Friday, June 3, 2011
WIth the weather cooperating, employees with Norfolk Southern took the opportunity to work on the tracks this week in Lakewood.
Scott Smith, and employee with Norfolk Southern, digs in a little at the railroad tracks at Belle Avenue on Thursday. Smith and a co-worker have been hitting the tracks this week doing minor repairs to the tracks. Other than the gates occasionally dropping, there were few traffic slowdowns.