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NS leaders in safety and service

At the company’s 2015 Expo & Awards Celebration in Atlanta, in March, Norfolk Southern recognized work groups who led the railroad in safety and service performance during 2014.  

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A tragic lesson learned

Looking for a shortcut home, Mark Kalina Jr. tried to cross through a Columbus, Ohio, rail yard late one October night. The decision cost him his legs. Now, he’s on a mission to warn others of the dangers of trespassing on railroad property.

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On the move in Roanoke

When a concerned citizen called to report that a Norfolk Southern train was speeding in downtown Roanoke, Va., Josh Zimmerman had to smile. No speeding had occurred: What the person had witnessed on that day in early May was a train moving through newly improved Randolph Street tracks.

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Simone Harris

Standing on her own

Since Simone Harris joined Norfolk Southern last year right out of college, people sometimes ask why she decided to pursue a career traditionally held by men. “Many of them grew up in my dad’s generation,” she said, “but the world is changing, and I stand on my own two feet.”

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Faces of freight rail

What do Kentucky bourbon, University of Tennessee football, and knowledge of rail business in South Carolina have to do with Washington politics? They gave Norfolk Southern employees a way to connect with members of Congress at Railroad Day on Capitol Hill.

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Leading the way in safety and service

NS work groups were recognized for their service and safety performance in 2013 at the company’s 2014 Expo & Awards Celebration in Atlanta. See which groups earned awards.

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A ‘Super’ day for NS police

Not everyone had a day off on Super Bowl Sunday. Norfolk Southern’s police contingent in Northern New Jersey had a ‘super’ work assignment: help provide security before, during, and after the NFL’s biggest game of the year. 

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Bob Prickett on the job

A ‘World Changer’

While working in snow and minus 40-degree weather, Bob Prickett, a veteran Norfolk Southern carman at Detroit’s Oakwood Terminal, made a discovery credited with preventing a costly derailment. He earned the terminal’s “Change the World” award for his vigilance and hard work.

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Taking a broad view

During his NS career, Paddy O’Neill, senior director equipment planning, has been involved in negotiations and development of two of the railroad’s strategic rail corridors and has been involved in SPIRIT culture change. Key to his career development at NS has been networking with employees across the railroad, which has helped broaden his knowledge of the business.

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NS expands connections
at S.C. container port

Situated strategically in upstate South Carolina along the Interstate 85 corridor, the state’s new inland port is within 500 miles of 100 million consumers in a region that is growing in population, distribution infrastructure, and manufacturing activity. Norfolk Southern, the facility’s exclusive rail provider, is aiming to expand business there.
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Embracing change

During her 10 years with Norfolk Southern, Shunte McClellan, systems engineer locomotive maintenance, has moved around quite a bit while advancing her railroad career. Learning to adapt to change and developing connections with co-workers have been keys to her success.

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‘Ergo Cup’ winners
enhance safety, efficiency

When it comes to innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving, these mechanical and engineering employees lead the way with winning ergonomic design projects that enhance workplace safety and efficiency.

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Keeping safe
in Front Royal

A Virginia Division maintenance-of-way crew has achieved a safety milestone everyone can celebrate – 25 years without a single reportable injury.

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Exceeding expectations

Ashley King, a manager in Operations Service and Support, joined Norfolk Southern in 2007 as a management trainee. Her advice to employees who want to advance their careers: focus on excelling in your current job.

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Unified Train Control System

Entering the ‘next generation’

For years, NS has described the Unified Train Control System as the “next generation” dispatching system. As of late October, that generation has arrived.

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Jesse Lambert

Take control of your career

Jesse Lambert, lead trainmaster at Mingo Junction, Ohio, joined NS in 2006 as a conductor. He has advanced at Norfolk Southern by finding ways to make himself more valuable to the company.

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Lifting Best Friend

Behind the Scenes of a Midnight Move

On a cold October Friday night, a crew of brawny men showed up to remove the replica Best Friend of Charleston train from the lobby of Norfolk Southern’s David R. Goode Building in Midtown Atlanta. They moved it in six years earlier, so they knew it had to come out – that did not mean it would be easy.
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Kim King

An NS carman and her 'thoroughbred of transportation'

Not only is Kimberly King enthusiastic about Norfolk Southern, the "Thoroughbred of Transportation," the NS carman is passionate about a thoroughbred of her own...

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Dan Garner

Enola shop employee makes sparks in USPS video

His face may never adorn a postage stamp, but Norfolk Southern employee Dan Garner plays a featured role in a new U.S. Postal Service video.

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