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Posted on: March 15, 2021

CSX Community Updates

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Members of City Council, City Staff, and CSX representatives continue to meet, engage, and work together in order to educate, inform, and provide solutions where possible to address neighboring community issues and needs. The impacts of having a rail provider as a neighbor impacts all City residents. The City is committed to continued engagement with CSX on impacts and issues as thye work to address concerns, focus on safety, and improve the relationship between businesses and the communities they impact in Fredericksburg. 

The City asked that CSX offer a written update to the community monthly moving forward and the updates are available below.

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021 

August 2021 

September 2021

October 2021 

November 2021

December 2021

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022

The City appreciates the increased communication and the willingness of CSX to listen to concerns, but we continue to object strongly to the stacking of hazardous materials in our community. Fredericksburg’s Fire Department continues to monitor daily activity and is reporting weekly to City Management on hazardous tanker car counts on site.  Additionally, the City has access to video footage of the train yard as an additional means to review activity on the rails adjacent to Mayfield.  

Counts by weekly total for propane (LPG) in the rail yard are as follows:

  • 2/26/21      23
  • 3/5/21        30
  • 3/11/21      42
  • 3/19/21      85
  • 3/26/21      60
  • 4/1/21        20
  • 4/8/21        39
  • 4/15/21      15
  • 4/23/21      43
  • 4/30/21      54
  • 5/6/21        30
  • 5/14/21      31
  • 5/21/21      15
  • 5/28/21       81
  • 6/4/21         13
  • 6/11/21       34
  • 6/17/21       20
  • 6/25/21       52
  • 7/2/21         34
  • 7/9/21         28
  • 7/16/21       66
  • 7/23/21       42
  • 7/30/21       16
  • 8/6/21         29
  • 8/13/21       34
  • 8/20/21       28
  • 8/27/21       44
  • 9/3/21         18
  • 9/10/21       48
  • 9/17/21       93
  • 9/24/21       57
  • 10/1/21       35
  • 10/8/21       29
  • 10/15/21     28
  • 10/22/21     38
  • 10/29/21     41
  • 11/5/21       45
  • 11/12/21     81
  • 11/24/21     74
  • 12/3/21       95
  • 12/10/21     72
  • 12/17/21    110
  • 1/7/22        LPG Loaded 87 - Empty 81
  • 1/14/22      LPB Loaded 53 - Empty 54
  • 1/21/22      LPG Loaded 39 - Empty 129
  • 1/28/22      LPG Loaded 22- Empty 96
  • 2/4/22        LPG Loaded 0 - Empty 78
  • 2/11/22      LPG Loaded 32 - Empty 65
  • 2/18/22      LPG Loaded 32 - Empty 69
  • 2/25/22      LPG Loaded 25 - Empty 59
  • 3/4/22        LPG Loaded 26 - Empty 46
  • 3/11/22      LPG Loaded 34 - Empty  36
  • 3/18/22      LPG Loaded 38 - Empty 34
  • 3/25/22      LPG Loaded 18 - Empty  32 
  • 4/1/22        LPG Loaded 10 - Empty  5 
  • 4/8/22        LPG Loaded 35 - Empty 10 
  • 4/15/22      LPG Loaded 10 - Empty 48 
  • 4/22/22      LPG Loaded 61 - Empty 25 
  • 4/29/22      LPG Loaded 4 - Empty 18 
  • 5/6/22        LPG Loaded 29 - Empty 24  
  • 5/13/22      LPG Loaded 13 - Empty 33 
  • 5/19/22      LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 27  
  • 5/27/22      LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 16
  • 6/3/22        LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 0
  • 6/10/22      LPG  Loaded 8 - Empty 18
  • 6/17/22      LPG Loaded 1 - Empty 10
  • 6/24/22      LPG Loaded 14 - Empty 10
  • 7/1/22        LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 6
  • 7/8/22        LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 12
  • 7/15/22      LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 16 
  • 7/22/22      LPG Loaded 7 - Empty 29 
  • 7/29/22      LPG Loaded 8 - Empty 0
  • 8/5/22        LPG Loaded 6 - Empty 0
  • 8/12/22      LPG Loaded 15- Empty 18
  • 8/19/22      LPG Loaded  38 - Empty 30
  • 8/26/22      LPG Loaded 3  - Empty 8
  • 9/2/22        LPG Loaded 7 - Empty 33
  • 9/9/22        LPG Loaded 3 - Empty 10
  • 9/16/22      LPG Loaded 0 - Empty 0 


The City of Fredericksburg remains steadfast in its opposition to storage (even if less than 48 hours) of this hazardous material in the our community.  This report was shared with our federal delegation in a written update.   We will continue to pursue federal intervention that leads to alternative storage of hazardous materials further away from residential areas.  Please find more information about this important topic at https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1763/CSX-Rail-Cars-in-Mayfield  or by calling 540-372-1010.

The Fire Department worked to update their emergency evacuation plans with CSX, and provided two community engagement meetings in August and September 2021.  

A copy of the presentation can be found at Community Evacuation Guide Presentation.  Please contact the Fire Department with any questions at 540-372-1059.

A map was developed as well to assist with evacuation concerns.  Know Your Zone Information for Evacuation   Please contact the Fire Department with any questions at 540-372-1059. 


The City of Fredericksburg continues to pursue issues related to the CSX railyard adjacent to the Mayfield subdivision.  City Council, by Resolution on February 23, 2021, demanded CSX immediately discontinue the prolonged storage of hazardous tanker cars in the city.  In an effort to ensure transparent communications on the activities that the City and others are undertaking we have published a timeline of efforts. Read more

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