Norfolk Southern Corp. has named its yard in Memphis “Harris Yard” in honor of Deborah Harris Butler. The railroad’s executive vice president planning and chief information officer retired Oct. 1.
Harris Yard is situated on NS’ mainline from Birmingham, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and is located in the midtown area of Memphis, near the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and not far from Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home.
Harris Yard is a focal point for traffic moving east and west, as NS interchanges in Memphis with the UP, BNSF, and CN railroads. The yard also is home to NS’ 38-acre truck-to-rail transfer facility that connects Memphis’ intermodal shippers to global markets via six days per week rail service to and from the major container port facilities on the U.S. Southeastern coast.
Joining Norfolk Southern in 1978 as a customer account auditor, Butler was named to positions of increasing responsibility in operations, including assistant vice president transportation customer services in 2000 and vice president customer service in 2002, before being named EVP planning and chief information officer in 2007.