NORTH BALTIMORE¬†– The already-large CSX railyard near North Baltimore is getting bigger.
In what is reportedly a $43 million expansion, CSX is expanding its lift capacity by about 50 percent by adding two cranes and expanding the number of tracks in the yard.
It also is adding new receiving and departure tracks inside the terminal to assist train movement, CSX reported. The expansion began this spring and could be completed by year-end, the company reported.
Company officials could not be reached Monday to determine whether CSX is adding jobs. The railyard employs nearly 300 and covers 500 acres.
When trains arrive, shipping containers on rail cars are moved onto trucks and other trains by five existing 500-ton cranes which span 302 feet — or eight rail lanes, several stacking lanes and a truck lane.
The existing cranes load hundreds of containers onto 30 trains a day. Much of the cargo is double-stacked on railroad cars.