Norfolk, Va.-based Norfolk Southern Railway operates trains in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers.

Today, the company operates the East’s most extensive intermodal network and is the nation’s largest rail carrier of automotive parts and finished vehicles.

Norfolk Southern’s heritage claims some of the nation’s oldest rail lines. But it wasn’t until 1982 that Norfolk Southern Corp. was formed. The company draws its name from Norfolk & Western Railway and Southern Railway, the two biggest predecessors that merged to form today’s incarnation of Norfolk Southern.

Southern Railway acquired another company known as Norfolk Southern in 1974.

Facts & Figures about Norfolk Southern

Here are some facts and figures about Norfolk Southern (numbers are estimated):

  • Route Miles: 20,000
  • Number of Employees: 30,900
  • Locomotives: 3,400
  • Freight Cars on System: 79,000

Norfolk Southern Reporting Marks

Railroads have many reporting marks, identification assigned by the American Association of Railroads. Norfolk Southern reporting marks include:

  • NS
  • CG
  • CNJ
  • CR
  • CRP
  • DLW
  • ERIE
  • EL
  • INT
  • IT
  • LHR
  • LNE
  • LV
  • MGA
  • NKP
  • NW
  • PC
  • PRR
  • PRSL
  • RDG
  • SA
  • SOU
  • VGN
  • WAB

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