Norfolk Southern today conveyed a 23-mile abandoned portion of its Enola Branch rail line to six townships in southern Lancaster County, Pa. The transfer of the property culminates an effort that began in 1989 when Conrail, Norfolk Southern’s predecessor-in-interest, filed to abandon the property with the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (now the U.S. Surface Transportation Board). The abandonment was approved by the ICC in 1993, and subsequently became the subject of numerous legal actions.
“We are pleased finally to convey this abandoned portion of the Enola Branch to the townships. It is long overdue,” said Blair Wimbush, Norfolk Southern’s vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. “We are grateful for the active participation and patience demonstrated by the numerous local officials who have been involved in this process over the years.”
As part of the transfer of the property, Norfolk Southern and the municipalities will implement a 1997 Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which requires certain payments to be made to the townships, and several overhead railroad structures to be removed. The six townships to which the property is being conveyed are Bart, Conestoga, Eden, Martic, Providence, and Sadsbury.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.
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