• Norfolk Southern’s history spans nearly two centuries to the earliest days of American railroading.

  • Forward-Thinking Vision

    Charters South Carolina Canal and Rail Road, earliest Norfolk Southern predecessor

  • Breakthrough Innovation

    Places its first locomotive, Best Friend of Charleston, into service on Christmas Day

  • Buys pine forest for locomotive fuel supply; today it’s called Brosnan Forest

  • Modern Marvels

    Connects East to Midwest via Horseshoe Curve, enabling conventional trains to scale the Allegheny Mountains

  • Breakthrough Innovation

    Produces Altoona Machine Shops’ first of 6,783 steam, electric, and diesel locomotives

  • Development & Expansion

    Runs rail route over the Blue Ridge Mountains via Saluda Grade, steepest main-line grade in U.S.

  • Innovative Infrastructure

    Opens world’s longest railroad bridge, over Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana

  • Job Creation

    Opens Pier 1 at Norfolk, Va., to load coal into colliers

  • Economic Engine

    Forms Roanoke Shops

  • Breakthrough Innovation

    Employs first diesel-electric locomotive, as a switcher

  • For The Community

    From century-old plans, employees build touring replica of Best Friend of Charleston

  • Job Creation

    Sponsors first performance of the Norfolk Southern Lawmen, corporate musical band and good will ambassadors

  • Industry Progress

    Becomes first major railroad to complete fleet dieselization

  • Modern Marvel

    Dedicates Pier 6 at Norfolk, Va., hemisphere’s premier coal transload facility and one of the largest pieces of moving equipment on the planet

  • National Pride

    Donates a steam locomotive – largest item on display in new Smithsonian Museum of Science and Technology in Washington

  • Breakthrough Innovation

    First big railroad to conduct computerized operations

  • For The Community

    Inaugurates the “Exhibit Car,” a rolling display about rail people and technology

  • Job Creation

    Opens first “railroad university” technical training center, at McDonough, Ga., to qualify members of railroad crafts in shorter periods than traditional apprenticeships

  • Forms Norfolk Southern through consolidation of Norfolk and Western and Southern railways

  • Leadership & Influences

    Robert B. Claytor named first NS chairman

  • Progress

    Begins replacing cabooses with telemetry devices

  • Leadership & Influences

    Arnold B. McKinnon named second NS chairman

  • First to transport a million intermodal trailers and containers in a year

  • Job Creation

    Cuts ribbon on new 21-story headquarters in Norfolk, Va.

  • Safety First

    Presented first Harriman gold medal award for employee safety, for 1989; company goes on to win 23 consecutive gold awards

  • Leadership & Influences

    David R. Goode named third NS chairman

  • Smart Investment

    NS income from rail operations exceeds $1 billion.

  • National Pride

    Thoroughbred Volunteers in Atlanta help stage the games of the 26th Olympiad.

  • New Chapter

    Absorbs much of Conrail, increasing NS’ size by half and returning competitive rail service to the Northeast for the first time since the ‘70s

  • National Pride

    Observes 175th anniversary -- David Goode rings opening bell at New York Stock Exchange

  • Leadership & Influences

    Charles W. “Wick” Moorman named fourth NS chairman

  • Safety First

    Launches “Train Your Brain” public information program to promote grade-crossing safety

  • Development & Expansion

    Opens Heartland Corridor, breaking new ground in national transportation policy while clearing the mid-Atlantic to Midwest rail route for efficient double-stack trains

  • Success Story

    30th anniversary of the modern Norfolk Southern

  • Success Story

    James A. Squires
    named fifth NS chairman

  • Development & Expansion

    Fully operational Crescent Corridor should be benefitting public by removing 1.3 million long-haul trucks from interstates and 1.9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

  • Success Story

    50th anniversary of NS