|Jekyll before the storm|
Last weekend I took a trip down to Jekyll Island and enjoyed the beach until the rain came (see the photo taken from the north end of the island). Lately, it is not a question of if it will rain but when. Sailing was cancelled on Saturday Every day it rains and the humidity stays up high on both sides of the storms. For a week, we watched the storm Erika with concern that it might become a major hurricane, but thankfully it fell apart. It would a disaster if it, or another storm, hits. The ground is so saturated that I’m afraid many trees wouldn’t stand.
|The storm coming in at the north inlet|
|Norfolk Southern Rail Yard at the Savannah Ports|
Recently I had an opportunity for a tour of the container yard at the Georgia State Port at Savannah. The Savannah Port is the fourth largest in the country and contains the largest single container yard. Other parts of the port deals in bulk products, automobiles and heavy equipment. One of the advantages of the port is having two Class 1 railroads (Norfolk Southern and CSX) with yards within the port. Unlike ports in the northeast, many whose rail lines have height restrictions and can double stack boxes, all the trains leaving the ports (40 plus a week to Atlanta alone) are double-stacked. The place runs like a clock with everything computer controlled that runs jockeying trucks, cranes and lifts around with precision. The port can handle up to nine ships at a time and handles 4 million container units (A container unit is a 20 foot box so a 40 or 45 foot box is counted as two containers).
In other news, what about the Pirates. Yes, they lost yesterday, but they have been playing incredible ball this year and have picked up a few games on the Cardinals who are first place in the National League Central Division. They should, at least, receive a wildcard bid into the play-offs. Amazingly, the top three teams in the Central Division (Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs) would be in first place if they were in any other division in the league.