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.
Norfolk Southern Headlines
- Historic Marco Polo Pullman Car Arrives at Southeastern Railway Museum
- Norfolk Southern Gifting Historic Car to Southeastern Railway Museum
- Ohio Eyes Mandate on Size of Railroad Crews
- A Brief Overview of Legislation and Regulation Leading to Positive Train Control
- Former FRA Administrator: Railroads Have Made ‘Substantial Progress’ on PTC
Norfolk Southern Facts & Figures
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: