Steve Neff of Neff Video Productions, and his Hi-Definition cameras, have captured Railroading in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky!
This video reveals why Cincinnati, Ohio is considered the “Railroad Gateway to the South”. Cincinnati, an unlikely location for a railroad gateway, is located amidst seven hills and the Ohio River. The reason why this location became a hub is that, at one time, seven railroads converged here.
Today, Norfolk-Southern and CSX are the major players. Norfolk Southern has traffic coming from the New Castle line (Ft. Wayne to Cincinnati), the Dayton District (Columbus to Cincinnati) and from the First District (Danville KYto Cincinnati).
The First District is also a “link” to Chattanooga which in turn is a connector to rail lines leading to Atlanta, Florida, Birmingham, New Orleans and other points. CSX has traffic coming from Indianapolis, Toledo, and Louisville.
Two major yards are located in Cincinnati. Gest Street Yard, which is surrounded on three sides by CSX’s Queensgate Yard, and belongs to NS. This video will show more than 30 minutes of yard action in these two yards.
You’ll see trains arriving from the north and south waiting their turn to either bypass the yard or enter for switching and classification. The vantage point for video taken of the yard action is from three different viaducts.
You’ll also see locations leading into Cincinnati from both the Kentucky and Ohio sides of the Ohio River. Panoramic views are also shown from two high overlooks on both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the Ohio River.
To ease congestion of traffic to and from the North, NS and CSX entered a joint agreement for bi-directional running of north and southbound trains from Hamilton, Ohio to Cincinnati, this operation is shown in this program.