Norfolk Southern

NS: Analytics Boost Network Planning, Optimization

An inventor of the World Wide Web once said “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” Neither data analytics nor railroading are typically the most captivating topics at the gatherings I go to with friends and family, but to me, the juncture of the two is nothing short of fascinating. And using data analytics to help rail customers optimize the way they ship tons of materials—from processing facilities and ports to factories and back again—is critical to the efficient organization of our extended supply chains.

NS Promotes Four

Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) announced leadership appointments in its transformation, transportation and law departments, effective immediately. In addition, Josh Raglin, formerly general manager facilities, has been appointed to the role of chief sustainability officer.

NS Shuttering Roanoke Locomotive Facilities

Norfolk Southern is closing its historic, 137-year-old Locomotive Shop in Roanoke, Va., transferring all locomotive work to its Juniata Shops in Altoona, Pa. NS predecessor railroad Norfolk & Western began operating the locomotive shop, then Roanoke Machine Works, in 1883. The railroad is also closing its associated Roanoke Distribution Center, which supports the shop as well as other mechanical department facilities across its system.

NS Drives $1.9B in Industrial Development

In 2019, Norfolk Southern (NS) customers across 16 states invested $1.9 billion to develop 54 new and 23 expanded rail-served commercial projects. The industrial development is expected to create more than 1,160 customer jobs, and the investment will generate more than 62,300 carloads of new rail traffic annually for NS.