Norfolk Southern Railway

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Norfolk Southern Railway

legal form
founding 1990
Seat Norfolk , Virginia ,United StatesUnited States
management James A. Squires (President)
Branch Railway company

Route network
GP 38-2 of the NS
GE C40-9W of the NS

The Norfolk Southern Railway ( AAR reporting as mark: NS) is an American Class 1 - railway company . It is the lead company for the rail operations of Norfolk Southern Corporation . The Norfolk Southern is next to the CSX Transportation the most important railway company east of the Mississippi River .

Corporate structure

The company is based in Norfolk , Virginia . The route network covers around 24,450 km ( 32,100 km with route usage rights). The company has 4,353 of its own and leased locomotives (of which 4,099 mainline locomotives) and 76,641 of its own and leased freight cars. The main transport goods are containers with 23% and coal with 17% of the total volume.

Freight car class number
Gondola 33,409
Hopper 12,516
box 12,174
Covered hopper 10,352
Flat 3,580

The following formally still existing railway companies belong to the company:

These companies are wholly or predominantly owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway.

It is part owner of the following railway company:

Norfolk Southern has also leased the following railway companies:

The company is also owned by a number of other companies from other branches of the economy.


From the beginning of the 1960s, a process of concentration developed among the railroads east of the Mississippi. In addition to the merger of the New York Central System and the Pennsylvania Railroad to Penn Central , a merger of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad with the Norfolk and Western Railway was sought. This project was abandoned on April 22, 1971 after the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other railway companies in the northeast.

The process of concentration gained momentum again in the late 1970s when the CSX was formed as a merger of Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line . In order to continue to compete with this company, the two remaining largest railway companies in the eastern United States, Norfolk & Western and Southern Railway , were forced to merge. In preparation for the merger, the former Norfolk Southern Railway was renamed the Carolina and Northwestern Railway in 1981 . On June 1, 1982, the Norfolk and Western Railway and the Southern Railway were combined under the holding company Norfolk Southern Corporation. On December 31, 1990, the two companies then merged to form the new Norfolk Southern Railway.

As early as the mid-1980s, Norfolk Southern began to be interested in a merger with Conrail . After Conrail went public in 1987, however, these plans were postponed. Since Conrail began merger talks with CSX in 1996, Norfolk Southern made a counteroffer. In the ensuing negotiations, CSX and Norfolk Southern agreed to split the company. On June 8, 1998, the Surface Transportation Board approved the takeover of 58% of Conrail on June 1, 1999. This gave the company access to New England and New York, among other things.

In 2005/2006 Norfolk Southern agreed a joint venture with the Kansas City Southern Railway on the route from Meridian to Shreveport (Meridian Speedway LLC). The KCS contributes the route and the Norfolk Southern $ 300 million, which will be used to increase the capacity of the route. A similar business model was introduced when Pan Am Southern LLC was formed. tracked. The has Pan Am Railways which called Patriot Corridor route from Mechanicville to Ayer introduced into the company, while Norfolk Southern is 140 million US dollars for the expansion of the track capacity. At the same time, the company gains access to Boston.

The company’s most important construction measures are currently on the main traffic axes Port of Virginia (Norfolk) to Chicago “Heartland Corridor” and New Orleans / Memphis - North Jersey “Crescent Corridor”. The routes are to be expanded for double-decker container trains .

Vehicle fleet

The company has locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel and General Electric Transportation in its vehicle fleet . While having GE Dash 9 -40CW with 1,090 copies for the largest share. Other types of larger quantities used are EMD SD70 , EMD SD70M, EMD SD70M-2, EMD SD40 -2, EMD GP38 -2, EMD SD60 , GE ES40DC . The ES40DC and the Dash 9-40CW are specially manufactured locomotives for the Norfolk Southern with a reduced power of 2940 kW instead of 3235 kW.

The Norfolk Southern also uses several low-emission gene set locomotives, mainly for shunting. These are four Railpower RP20BD, two NRE 3GS21B, two Railpower RP14BD, one Railpower RP20CD, one NRE 3GS21C-DE and two Progress Rail PR43C. The battery-powered Brookville BP-4 (NS No. 999) is also being tested .

Two EMD F9PH and two EMD F7B are available for the business train in a paint scheme reminiscent of the paintwork of the earlier Southern Railway freight locomotives.

N&W 611 on a trip in 1992

In continuation of the excursion trips with steam locomotives offered by the Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western were the (1′C) C2 ′ h4 Mallet locomotive N&W 1218 ( N&W class A), the 2′D2 ′ h2 express locomotive N&W 611 (N&W class J) and the 1'D1'h2 SR 4501 ( SR class Ms) in use.

President of the Norfolk Southern Railway

Web links

Commons : Norfolk Southern Railway  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NS Corporate Officers
  2. ^ Pan Am Railways and Norfolk Southern Create the Patriot Corridor to Improve Rail Service and Expand Capacity in New York and New England. Retrieved May 25, 2020 (English).