Conrail (known officially as Conrail Shared Assets Organization or CSAO) is a switching and terminal railroad serving the Detroit, North Jersey and South Jersey/Philadelphia freight markets. CSAO began life on June 1, 1999 with the NS/CSX split of “Big” Conrail. It is the eighth-largest railroad in the U.S. measured in hours worked.
It is rather unusual for a Class III railroad to handle dimensional (high/wide) loads. The North Shore (NSHR) has the distinction of handling such traffic in volume, moving a variety of specialized, dimensional shipments over a short period of time.
NHSR operates a remnant of the ex-Delaware, Lackwanna & Western Bloom branch in Pennsylvania (Heritage: DL&W, Erie Lackawanna, Conrail), along the north branch of the Susquehanna River.