Friday, January 31, 2014

NS opens transfer terminal in Chesapeake

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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NS opens transfer terminal in Chesapeake Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern has opened a new Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer (TBT) terminal in Chesapeake, Va., to serve shippers of dry and liquid bulk commodities.

TBT terminals are specialized facilities that allow customers to transfer a large array of commodities between railcars and trucks. Owned by Norfolk Southern, they’re operated by independent contractors NS describes as “industry experts in facilitating safe and efficient bulk transfer and distribution. The facilities allow customers without rail sidings to receive the benefits of rail economics and service quality.”

Less than three miles from downtown Norfolk, Va., with access to Interstates I-264 and I-464 at 1305 Atlantic Blvd., the Chesapeake TBT also has close proximity to rail-serving yards on NS’s high-density main line. The terminal can handle dry and liquid bulk food-grade commodities such as flour, sugar, grains, and plastic pellets, as well as aggregates, sand, and cement. It is located on 40 acres with seven acres of laydown area, with expansion capability to handle lumber and other dimensional products, and accommodate container stuffing. The facility features 104 car spots, a certified truck scale, and is fully paved, fenced, and lighted.

“The Chesapeake TBT is strategically positioned to serve Hampton Roads-served markets as well as markets overseas with its close proximity to nearby container terminals,” NS says.

Norfolk Southern has a network of 32 TBT facilities in 17 states. The new Chesapeake TBT is operated under license by RSI Leasing Inc. More information on NS’s transload network is available at

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