CSX Transportation ran a special train Wednesday to haul four super-sized refinery components from the Port of Toledo to the Husky refinery in Lima, Ohio. The loads were so wide that nothing could pass the train on any neighboring track, and it also had to stop frequently to make sure it didn’t hit any unexpected obstacles, even though such trains’ routes are always planned by the railroad’s clearance bureau to make sure it will fit.
One unexpected stop was in downtown Perrysburg, where the train’s crew encountered a No Parking sign along West Third Street that was so close to the track that it was at risk of slapping the loads’ sides. The train blocked Louisiana Avenue, Perrysburg’s main commercial street as well as being part of U.S. 20, for close to 20 minutes while the train’s crew and a supervisor escorting in a pickup truck rigged a solution. They wrapped a strap around the signpost and secured the other end to the pickup’s towing hitch or bumper.
Because of its weight -- at least two of the loads exceeded 200 tons -- the train also had to proceed with extra caution over several culverts and small bridges. It was a long, slow trip to Lima but one that, despite the Perrysburg sign crisis, was completed before sunset as required.