Hunter Harrison, what exactly is going on at CSX? I’m hearing lots of voices. They’ve become loud and frequent and as such are nearly impossible to ignore. They’re the voices of railroaders, from the executive to the train and engine service level. They’re former and present CSX employees. They’re people who have worked for you at other railroads. And they’re all saying basically the same thing: That the changes you are making at CSX aren’t the right thing to do, or aren’t working.
Herewith is a collection of accounts from various sources. Some of it is hearsay. Some of it has been published. Suffice to say that all these sources are credible. I name no names. I pass no judgment. My opinion, as a railroad industry trade journalist with 25 years of experience but who has never lined a turnout, pulled a coupler pin, laid a section of rail or devised a service plan, is irrelevant.
So, I leave it up to you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions. I’ll share one opinion: Much of this material may be disturbing to you. And based upon this publication’s previous experiences with Hunter Harrison – a two-time Railroader of the Year – it’s disappointing, even sad (though he is no less deserving today of these past awards as when they were given, in 2015 and 2002). Take these bullet points for what they’re worth – with a grain of salt, or a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 24, 2017.