Norfolk Southern Train 236, one of the first double-stackedtrains to transit the railroad's new Heartland Corridor, rolledthrough Prichard, W. Va. at 11 a.m. Monday, pulling containers on their way fromChicago to Norfolk, Va.
It was greeted at Prichard, the site of a planned intermodalterminal, by NS CEO Wick Moorman along with corridor partners, designers,builders, and other NS officers and employees.
“For morethan one hundred years, we’ve been your partner in moving America’s most plentiful and dependable energy source fromthe Pocahontas coal fields. Now, working together, we have improved ourcorridor through West Virginia so that it has more capacity, speed, andreliability not just for coal trains but for the container trains that carry theproducts required for international commerce and consumerdemand,” said Moorman (pictured at left).
Also on hand was U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia,vice chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and akey supporter of the Heartland Corridor project, who said: “Now this isthe engine to pull jobs America’s way. Our economic strength, and WestVirginia’s future, depend on the vitality of a national transportation system. Railis an increasingly critical cornerstone of commerce for thiscountry. Government must invest and partner where it makes sense with privateindustry, so we can compete globally. At the same time, by strengthening ourtransportation network, we anchor our national security.”