Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car
Norfolk Southern's Exhibit Car illustrates how people and technology support the company's vision to be the safest, most customer-focused and successful transportation company in the world.
A restored passenger coach, the Exhibit Car has been in operation on Norfolk Southern since 1971. More than 1.5 million people have been aboard in 300 communities.
The car houses interactive exhibits about the history and operations of the Norfolk Southern system.
Upon entering the Exhibit Car, visitors see models of Southern, Norfolk and Western and Conrail trains converging onto one track, symbolizing the strong bloodlines of the Thoroughbred of Transportation, Norfolk Southern. Scenes from throughout the 21,500-mile transportation network play continuously on monitors. A map familiarizes visitors with the Norfolk Southern service territory covering 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario .
A video presentation called "Thoroughbred Service," a continuously moving model train and a photographic commodities display illustrate that Norfolk Southern has the people, equipment and facilities to handle virtually every merchandise, coal and intermodal commodity.
The most popular display by far is a locomotive simulator. Guests get to see the engineer's point of view as they take the seat inside a mock-up of a locomotive. A realistic control panel - complete with horn, throttle and brake - and computerized animation work together to demonstrate the dangers of trespassing on railroad property and ignoring warning devices at highway/rail grade crossings.
An interactive train dispatch center shows train movements on an imaginary operating division. The exhibit shows how people in a dispatching office - the railroad nerve center - work with NS systems and equipment to deliver safe and efficient transportation service.
Three computer stations provide access to Norfolk Southern's World Wide Web site. Norfolk Southern's television and print advertisements run continuously on another monitor, and a photographic display highlights the diversity and skill of Norfolk Southern's 28,200 employees.