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NS is the largest rail shipper of auto products in North America.

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Norfolk Southern serves 26 auto assembly plants, 35 auto distribution facilities, three Just-In-Time rail centers, and four service hubs strategically positioned throughout the network.

NS offers modal and supply chain management solutions, including:

  • Finished Vehicle Distribution
  • Traditional Boxcar Services
  • Just-In-Time Rail Centers
  • Triple Crown Services
  • Thoroughbred Direct Intermodal Services
  • Modalgistics
  • TransWorks

Finished vehicle distribution

Dedicated daily service between assembly plants and destination facilities allows Norfolk Southern to provide high-velocity, highly reliable customer service. NS is the model of innovation for vehicle distribution in North America, providing ability to mix different manufacturers' vehicles on a single railcar, reducing overall transit times for customers.  

Learn more about NS' auto distribution facilities

Auto parts delivery

The NS automotive group develops cost-saving initiatives for manufacturers that ship auto parts. NS-offered modal solutions include a network of traditional boxcar services, JIT Rail Centers, Triple Crown Services, and Thoroughbred Direct Intermodal Services. NS is developing additional integrated distribution channels for serving the auto parts market.

Learn more about options for moving auto parts via NS. Contact  Fred Alley.  


NS is dedicated to providing customers with the safest, most up-to-date and efficient fleet of automotive rail equipment in North America. NS strives for continuous improvement of railcar technology, which creates savings for manufacturers as cargo moves safely, on-time, and damage-free from origin to destination.

Learn more about automotive rail equipment