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Description of Business

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of  coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


Board of Directors

Thomas D. Bell Jr
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Marcela E. Donadio
John C. “Jack” Huffard Jr.
Christopher T. Jones
Thomas C. "Colm" Kelleher
Steven F. Leer
Michael D. Lockhart
Amy E. Miles
Claude Mongeau
Jennifer F. Scanlon
James A. Squires
John R. Thompson

Senior Officers

James A. Squires
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ann A. Adams
Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Vanessa Allen Sutherland
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Mark R. George
Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Cynthia M. "Cindy" Sanborn
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Alan H. Shaw
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer


Facilities Served

General warehouses/distribution centers 402
Active coal-loading facilities 116
Bulk transfer facilities 116
Power generation plants served 78
Paper mills 66
Steel mills and processing facilities 57
Metals distribution centers 64
Lumber reload centers 58
Panel mills 16
Lumber mills 33
Intermodal terminals 53
Paper distribution centers 34
Auto distribution facilities 26
Coal and iron ore transload facilities 35
Auto assembly plants 27
Triple Crown Service terminals 2
Vehicle service centers 4
Just-in-time rail auto parts center 3
Thoroughbred bulk transfer facilities 32

Norfolk Southern serves every major port on the East Coast between New York City and Jacksonville, Fla., and multiple private terminals; the Gulf ports of Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and St. Bernard; Great Lakes ports; and numerous river ports.

Major Rail Classification Yards

Allentown, Pa.
Atlanta, Ga.
Baltimore, Md.
Bellevue, Ohio
Birmingham, Ala.
Buffalo, N.Y.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chicago, Ill.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Conway, Pa.
Decatur, Ill.
Detroit, Mich.
Enola, Pa.
Elkhart, Ind.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Kansas City. Mo.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Linwood, N.C.
Louisville, Ky.
Macon, Ga.
New Orleans, La.
Norfolk, Va.
Sheffield, Ala.
St. Louis, Mo.
Toledo, Ohio

Locomotive Shops

Juniata, Altoona, Pa.
Bellevue, Ohio
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Conway, Pa.
Enola, Pa.
Roanoke, Va.
Elkhart, Ind.
Shaffers Crossing, Roanoke, Va.

Other Major Installations

Atlanta, Ga.
Operations and Service Support Center
Crew Management Center
Northern and Southern Regions’ operations offices
National Customer Service Center
Police Communications Center (800) 453-2530

McDonough, Ga.
Norfolk Southern Training Center

Norfolk, Va.
Lamberts Point coal transload facility

Plant and Equipment

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2019 Principal Operating Revenue Sources







Agriculture products


Metals and construction




Forest and consumer products


2019 Traffic Highlights

Rail revenue ton-miles

194 billion

Rail shipments (including trailers and containers)

7.553 million units

2019 Industrial Developments

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Total investment by industries

$2 billion

Jobs created in NS service area



2019 Financial Highlights (in millions except per share amounts and operating ratio)

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¹ See 2019 Annual Report for information on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected Norfolk Southern’s 2019 financial statements.

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