Friday, May 31, 2013

NS Service Alert - Reroutes Due to Mississippi River Flooding at Hannibal

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:08 AM

Reroutes Due to Mississippi River Flooding at Hannibal

Due to rising Mississippi River levels at Hannibal, Missouri impacting bridge and main line operations, Norfolk Southern is now rerouting shipments normally moving over this route via alternate routes. Consequently customers may see delays of up to 24 hours. Based on current projections the river level will remain at high levels for several days. We are closely monitoring conditions and operations through the area and will provide further updates as conditions change.

The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS.

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center.

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.

Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273.

Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative.

Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Trenton Line Sunday morning surprise...

(Train sightings on 5-26-13.)

It certainly was a surprise for me to see CSX's K455's motive power as two CN units. CN 2144 (C40-8W) and CN 2124 (C40-8) are seen passing by the former Reading station (MP 50) on CSX's Trenton Line around 8:05 AM in Belle Mead, NJ.



New Knoxville bulk transfer terminal extends reach of Norfolk Southern's rail network for shippers of aggregates and bulk commodities

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May 23, 2013

New Knoxville bulk transfer terminal extends reach of Norfolk Southern’s rail network for shippers of aggregates and bulk commodities

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Norfolk Southern opened its new $5.9 million Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer terminal today in Knoxville.

Thoroughbred Bulk Transfer (TBT) terminals are specialized facilities that allow customers to transfer a large array of commodities between rail cars and trucks. The facilities allow customers without rail sidings to receive the benefits of rail economics and service quality.

The new terminal is located adjacent to I-275 and fewer than two miles from I-40 and I-75 at 849 Tennessee Ave., in Knoxville, adjacent to Norfolk Southern’s rail yard. The facility can handle dry and liquid bulk commodities such as flour, corn starch, and corn syrup, as well as aggregates such as sand and cement. It features 48 car spots, all in containment, a certified truck scale, and is fully paved, fenced, and lighted.

“The Knoxville TBT is well-positioned to reach local markets as well as extend the reach of our TBT facility network even more effectively to serve markets such as Kingsport, Loudon, and Morristown in East Tennessee as well as Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia,” NS Group Vice President Scott McGregor told a group of city officials, customers, and guests gathered for the opening of the terminal.

Among those attending today’s event were Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knoxville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Edwards.

“I want to thank Norfolk Southern for their continued support of the Knoxville community,” Edwards said. “This new bulk transfer facility will help in our industrial recruitment efforts to sell the region to companies that are interested in shipping raw materials via rail.”

Norfolk Southern has a network of 31 TBT facilities in 17 states, which are operated by independent contractors who are industry experts in facilitating safe and efficient bulk transfer and distribution. The new Knoxville terminal is operated by RSI Leasing Inc. More information on Norfolk Southern’s transload network is available at Norfolk Southern Distribution Services.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Customers) Mike Moen, 757-823-5442 (mike.moen@nscorp.com)
(Media) Susan Terpay, 757-823-5204 (susan.terpay@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

RSI Logistics contact:

Kelley Minnehan, RSI Vice President, 517-908-3647 (Kminnehan@rsilogstics.com)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

CSX Urges Caution Near Tracks During Memorial Day

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CSX Urges Caution Near Tracks During Memorial Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 24, 2013 - Did you know that an average train can take more than a mile to stop? CSX (NYSE: CSX) and its employees remind motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution near railroad tracks as the busy Memorial Day weekend approaches, marking the unofficial start of the summer season. To ensure safety, CSX urges all travelers to obey warning signs and devices at grade crossings and to stay off railroad property.

"Trains cannot stop quickly," said Terry Ludban, director - community affairs and safety. "To remain safe this summer and all year round, everyone should use good judgment, obey the law and stay away from train tracks."

CSX offers these important reminders:

1. Obey posted signs at railroad crossings. Last year, 270 people died at crossings nationwide. To protect yourself and others, carefully observe all posted signs and warnings at crossings and always expect a train.

2. Do not walk or ride ATVs or other recreational vehicles on train tracks. People struck by trains while illegally on railroad property is the leading cause of rail-related deaths, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Train tracks are private property and trespassing on railroad property is against the law.

3. Do not trespass on bridges or in tunnels. Trains overhang tracks for three feet or more, and do not always operate on predictable schedules. Being on bridges or in tunnels makes an already dangerous situation even more hazardous.

CSX actively promotes safety around railroad tracks. The company's "Play it Safe" campaign encourages people to stay away from tracks and use caution at crossings. Supporting the campaign is NASCAR driver David Ragan, who drives the #34 car for Front Row Motorsports. He will be racing at Charlotte this weekend with a Play it Safe bumper sticker on his car.

For more information about safe rail practices and CSX's commitment to serving the communities in which it operates, please visit http://www.beyondourrails.org/.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Gary Sease
1 (877) TELL-CSX

CSX Puts A Little Muscle into National Campaign Supporting Wounded Warrior Project®

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CSX Puts A Little Muscle into National Campaign Supporting Wounded Warrior Project®

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 21, 2013 - As part of its continued commitment to honor military veterans and their families, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) launched the "Drop and Give Them 10" campaign, a national fundraiser for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). 

The "Drop and Give Them 10" campaign runs through May 29.

"At CSX, we are grateful for the courageous service of our nation's military veterans to protect our hard-won freedoms," said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO. "To honor their service and sacrifice, we're inviting people across the nation to help us 'push up' support for Wounded Warrior Project® - an amazing organization that helps critically injured service men and women return to productive civilian lives."

Here's how it works: Now through May 29, when you do 10 pushups and log them on http://www.dropandgivethem10.com/, CSX will donate $1 to Wounded Warrior Project®.  If you post a picture or your experience, CSX will donate an additional $1 up to $50,000 total. Just don't forget to use the #GiveThem10 hashtag when sharing tweets or Instagram images.

CSX has a long-standing commitment to hiring America's veterans and reservists. Nearly one in five CSX employees has served in the military, and many continue to hold Reserve or National Guard status. In April 2013, CSX was ranked first on the list of Top 10 Companies for Veterans by DiversityInc.

About Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a desire to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist warriors with visible and invisible wounds as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Tens of thousands of injured servicemen and women, family members, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs. Learn more by visiting woundedwarriorproject.org.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Carla Groleau
1 (877) TELL-CSX

Friday, May 24, 2013

Arab Rail in Maryland

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his. 

Why go to Afghanistan or Iraq to see trains when you can go to Cumberland, MD!! The Shriners operate the Ali Ghan Railway there using an extremely rare ULD model Plymouth 10 ton diesel!!!!














CSX Team Honored for Rebuilding Ecosystem at Gautier Wood Treatment Facility

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CSX Team Honored for Rebuilding Ecosystem at Gautier Wood Treatment Facility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 21, 2013 - In recognition of a successful two-year environmental remediation project that restored the ecosystem of a 24-acre former wood treatment site in Gautier, Miss., CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) and its partners were awarded the annual Phoenix Award for sustainable brownfield redevelopment by the Phoenix Awards Institute.

"The Gautier remediation project embodies our company's deep commitment to environmental stewardship, wildlife management and economic development on our existing and inherited properties," said Skip Elliott, vice president - public safety, health and environment, CSX. "An area that was once abandoned is now a healthy ecosystem and a vibrant community asset that will be enjoyed for years to come."

The Phoenix Awards recognize outstanding revitalization projects in the U.S. that have restored abandoned properties into dynamic mixed-use communities. Presented at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Brownfields Conference in Atlanta, award winners shared best practices and techniques for remediation planning to encourage replication across the country.

"We applaud the CSX team for its remarkable dedication to environmental awareness, protection and conservation," said Denise K. Chamberlain, executive chair of the Phoenix Awards Institute. "By adopting a stakeholder-inclusive approach to remediation, CSX successfully engaged regulatory, municipal, and community leaders throughout the process, modeling the type of collaboration and thought that should characterize every remediation project."

Located within a coastal community in the Pascagoula River Watershed, the Gautier site had been a brownfield for nearly two decades following the closure of a wood treatment facility that was operated by a predecessor railroad for more than 100 years.  Wood treated at the site was used for a variety of purposes, including building of the Panama Canal.

Through a combination of unique design and the use of specialized geosynthetic materials, the CSX-led team contained and stabilized the residual wood treating compounds in the ground and sediment, improving the overall health of the watershed and helping to protect the estuary and adjacent uplands from the erosive forces of tropical storms and hurricanes. The site now offers a natural aesthetic surrounding the established neighborhoods, encouraging recreational use of the Pascagoula River and promoting ecotourism in the region.

Working alongside CSX to complete the remediation were the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plain; ARCADIS U.S.; Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens, & Cannada, PLLC; and McGuire Woods, LLP.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Melanie Cost
1 (877) TELL-CSX

CSX Employee Named Top Environmentalist by Association of American Railroads

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CSX Employee Named Top Environmentalist by Association of American Railroads

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 16, 2013 - The Association of American Railroads (AAR) last night named CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) employee Rick McNey the winner of its annual John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award for outstanding environmental awareness and responsibility.

"Rick and his team have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to environmental awareness, protection and conservation - setting an example for CSX and the entire freight rail industry," said Skip Elliott, vice president - public safety, health and environment, CSX. "Getting the right results the right way is a core value at CSX and this prestigious award recognizes Rick's tireless work to serve our customers while preserving environmental resources."

McNey is manager of maintenance at the 150-acre Curtis Bay Pier in Baltimore, Md. McNey oversees all mobile and stationary equipment at the facility, which operates 24 hours a day, receiving, processing, and loading a variety of bulk products. Under his leadership, CSX reduced emissions and energy consumption at the pier and implemented strict environmental stewardship practices to further safeguard the sensitive watershed adjacent to the facility.

McNey and the local team of more than 100 people are also responsible for developing numerous mechanical enhancements that improved environmental efficiency at the facility. Successful projects led by McNey include installing a state-of-the-art geothermal cooling system which reduced energy use by 40 percent; reducing water consumption by 40 percent by harvesting rain water and snow melt; using energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) bulbs; improving the efficiency of the facility's electrical network; and upgrading the pier's dust mitigation system.

"Rick's work to improve efficiency while protecting the environment is a credit to the entire railroad industry," said Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO, AAR. "We salute the dedication that he and his team consistently display to maintaining sustainable operations that improve the quality of life for the communities we serve."

The annual Chafee Environmental Excellence Award is named for the late Rhode Island senator who devoted his career to protecting the environment. McNey is the sixth CSX employee to win this recognition.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Melanie Cost
1 (877) TELL-CSX

NS Chief Information Officer to address Wolfe Research 6th Annual Global Transportation Conference

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May 20, 2013

Norfolk Southern Chief Information Officer to address Wolfe Research 6th Annual Global Transportation Conference

NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Deb Butler will participate in a panel discussion at the Wolfe Research 6th Annual Global Transportation Conference at 9:10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in New York City.

Interested investors can listen via simultaneous webcast at http://cc.talkpoint.com/wolf001/052213a_ep/?entity=10_BT0QCRH. The presentation will be posted at www.nscorp.com.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tour of Somerville - 2013

Received the following via email from The Downtown Somerville Alliance, http://www.findsomerville.com/ . 

Tour of Somerville  



Take part in a 70-year tradition! This Memorial Day, May 27, head to Downtown Somerville and experience one of the oldest and most prestigious cycling events in America. This FREE community event offers something for everyone! Join us in cheering some of the best cyclists in the world while we honor veterans, reunite with old friends and make new ones, and take pride in our history.
  • Memorial Day Parade (9am)
  • Family Fun Ride (10am)
  • Extraordinary Cycling Races (10:45am-4pm)
  • Kids' Pavilion (11am-4pm)
  • Sports & Music Festival (12pm-5pm)
  • Shopping at Unique Downtown Shops & Street Vendors
  • Restaurants for Every Taste & Food Stands
 
 
 
50/50 Raffle:
 
Middle Earth is selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $1 each for youth programs. The winner will be chosen at the Tour's completion (you do not need to be present to win). You can purchase tickets on the race course or in advance by calling 908-725-7223.
 
 
Donate Bikes:
 
Bring your old bicycles or bicycle parts - in any condition, shape or style - to the Middle Earth tent at the Tour to help launch a teen-operated bicycle shop. Learn more.

Somerville Cruise Nights

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Somerville Cruise Nights


Friday nights, tonight through Labor Day, party on downtown Somerville's Main Street! This year marks the 24th Anniversary Classic Cars have been cruising downtown 'Ville! Hope you'll join us: groove to classic dj spun tunes, stroll the street, check out downtown's shops, and take advantage of Somerville restaurants' sidewalk cafes'. There are so many new shops and restaurants to explore and, of course, the #1 reason you're in town, take a look at all the Classic Cruisers who participate in one NJ's biggest and best car shows! Only in the 'Ville, see you downtown! 

While you are checking out the cars, be sure to stop in The Big Little Railroad Shop and say Hi. 


Saturday's LEHL sightings

(Train sightings on 5-4-13.)

With a warm sun shining, the yard chores and plantings could wait until I got back from going track side on Saturday morning along the LEHL. The first stop would be Bloomsbury where I managed to photograph NS 22V heading east around 8:54 in almost perfect sunlight. Motive power was NS 7647 and NS 7589 laboring with a long train of COFCs as it climbed NJ's "mountain barrier" known as the Musconetcong Mountain. It took almost five minutes for this train to pass my vantage point. Next eastbound train was NS 212 that would take the siding at the west side of Pattenburg Tunnel around 10 AM. It would hold for two westbound trains, 21M and 11J. By that time I decided to take a break and head home to start those yard chores. 


Knowing that there was also a eastbound Air Products high and wide load scheduled to come east, around one o'clock I decided to take a well-needed break from planting vincas, straighten out my back and head back to the LEHL to catch the H/W train designated as NS 052. Around 2:30, it would pass over the Raritan River in Neshanic Station. Motive power was two C40-9Ws, NS 9406 and NS 9636. This heat exchanger was shipped from the Air Products Hanover Township (PA) facility on Friday via CP, Reading & Northern and NS. NS 052 would overnight in Manville Yard before heading down CSX's Trenton Line for shipment overseas on Sunday morning, supposedly to Saudi Arabia.


 


BUMBLE BEE INVADES LEHIGH VALLEY

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his.

Got a heads up from a good friend that the NS 1069 was the leading power on a 889 coal train to Portland, PA. This is the first one of these coal trains quite some time. Got it in good sun at CP-Burn, Allentown, PA , not so good in Bethlehem, PA. Last report was from Easton, and it is heading up the Secondary to Portland, PA.






 

Norfolk Southern names six to senior management positions

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May 9, 2013

Norfolk Southern names six to senior management positions

NORFOLK, VA. – Wick Moorman, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation, today announced the appointment of James A. Squires as president, effective June 1. Squires currently is executive vice president administration. In his new role, he will be responsible for the corporation’s administration, finance, law and corporate relations, and planning and information technology divisions.

“Jim is a forward-thinking railroader and a well-tested leader,” Moorman said. “As president, he will ensure that Norfolk Southern stays at the forefront of strategic planning, innovation, and financial performance.”

Also effective June 1:

Cindy C. Earhart, currently vice president human resources, will become executive vice president administration. “Norfolk Southern’s work force is well trained, customer focused, and above all safe. With Cindy in the lead administration role, our customers and owners will continue to enjoy the benefits of that competitive advantage,” Moorman said.

Juan K. Cunningham, currently assistant vice president executive, will become vice president human resources.

Effective July 1:

Daniel D. Smith, senior vice president energy and properties, has elected to retire after 37 years with the company. “As an acknowledged expert in the energy sector, and a strong proponent of coal as an energy source, Danny is going to be keenly missed,” Moorman said. “We are losing a true champion.”

David T. Lawson, currently vice president industrial products, will become vice president coal marketing.

Michael R. McClellan, currently vice president intermodal and automotive marketing, will become vice president industrial products.

Jeffrey S. Heller, currently group vice president international intermodal, will become vice president intermodal and automotive marketing.

Squires joined Norfolk Southern in 1992 and served in several law positions before being named vice president law in 2003, senior vice president law in 2004, senior vice president financial planning in 2006, executive vice president finance in 2007, and executive vice president administration in 2012. He holds degrees from Amherst College and the University of Chicago.

Earhart joined Norfolk Southern in 1985 as supervisor subsidiary accounting. She served in key accounting and information technology positions before being named vice president human resources in 2007. Earhart earned her degree from the University of Missouri.

Cunningham joined Norfolk Southern in 1973 as a management trainee in engineering. He served in positions of increasing responsibility in human resources before being named assistant vice president human resources in 2010 and to his most recent position in 2012. He earned his degree from Grambling State.

Smith was named to his current position in 2003, where he was responsible for coal marketing, real estate, and Norfolk Southern’s Pocahontas Land Corporation subsidiary. He started his railroad career in 1976 as a mine inspector and is a registered professional engineer with degrees from Virginia Tech and Bluefield College.

Lawson joined Norfolk Southern in 1988 as a sales representative and served in various capacities in the automotive supply chain group and as president of Modalgistics before becoming vice president industrial products. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and Wayne State University.

McClellan joined Conrail’s general marketing and sales organization in 1985. In 1998, he was named assistant vice president performance planning for Norfolk Southern and became vice president intermodal and automotive marketing in 2000. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Virginia.

After serving in various sales and marketing positions with container shipping and intermodal firms in the U.S. and abroad, Heller joined Norfolk Southern’s intermodal department in 1994 as a marketing manager and has served as group vice president international intermodal since 2004. He earned his degree from Syracuse University.

All six senior management appointees are headquartered in Norfolk.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

CSX Chief Financial Officer to Address Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference

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CSX Corporation Chief Financial Officer to Address Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 10, 2013 - Fredrik Eliasson, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference in Boston, Thursday, May 16, at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time.

Access to the audio webcast will be available on CSX's website at http://investors.csx.com. A replay and accompanying audio will be available following the conclusion of this event.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:

David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Melanie Cost, Corporate Communications
877-835-5279

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

M&E "Lehigh Limited" excursion coming in August


To celebrate the Morristown & Erie Railway’s 110th year of operation the M&E has partnered with Norfolk Southern’s Employee Appreciation Program to operate a special excursion named the Lehigh Limited.  This rare-mileage excursion will operate over existing NJ Transit commuter rail lines and Norfolk Southern freight rail lines in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 24, 2013. This will be the first major mainline public rail excursion operated in the region in over a decade.


For complete details, including ticket sales, please visit the following web site: http://www.anniversary.merail.com/


Norfolk Southern extends registered exchange offer

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May 16, 2013

Norfolk Southern extends registered exchange offer

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern Corporation announced that it has extended the expiration date of its offer to exchange up to $600,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2.903% Notes due 2023 registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for an equal amount of its privately placed 2.903% Notes due 2023 (the "Original Notes"). The exchange offer, which was scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 15, 2013, will now expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 22, 2013, unless further extended, to allow holders of the outstanding Original Notes additional time to tender in the exchange offer.

Except for the extension of the expiration date, the terms of the exchange offer remain as set forth in the prospectus, dated April 15, 2013. As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 15, 2013, $596 million in aggregate principal amount of the Original Notes had been tendered in the exchange offer. This amount represents approximately 99.3% of the outstanding Original Notes.

Copies of the prospectus can be obtained from U.S. Bank Trust National Association, which is serving as exchange agent for the exchange offer. Contact information for U.S. Bank Trust National Association is as follows:

U.S. Bank Trust National Association
Attn: Corporate Trust Services
EP-MN-WS-2N
60 Livingston Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55107
Telephone: 1-800-934-6802
Facsimile transmission: 1-651-495-8158

This press release shall not constitute an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. The exchange offer is being made solely pursuant to the prospectus, dated April 15, 2013, including any supplements thereto and only in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

April Shenanigans part 3

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Also see our post April Shenanigans part 2 below.

Note: I said most trains!! The 64R was neat. I got to see the Creamsicle!!!


















Norfolk Southern's best is still to come, CEO Moorman tells stockholders

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May 9, 2013

Norfolk Southern’s best is still to come, CEO Moorman tells stockholders

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) has made great strides over its 30-year history, posting its best-ever performance over the past two years, “and the best is still to come,” CEO Wick Moorman told stockholders at the company’s 31st annual meeting, held today at Williamsburg, Va.

“Our railroad is on track to continue to do great things as we continue emphasizing operating efficiency and productivity,” Moorman said. “I’m excited and optimistic about our company’s future.”

Moorman noted that even with a downturn in coal traffic in 2012, Norfolk Southern still recorded its second-best year for revenue, operating income, net income, and earnings per share – topped only by 2011.

Moorman said the company’s public-private partnership investments in strategic rail corridors position intermodal business as a major competitive strength. New intermodal facilities opened over the past two years “help us build business, while creating jobs in communities and strengthening local economies.”

He praised the skill of employees and their efforts to sustain Norfolk Southern’s industry leadership in safety, service, and environmental responsibility.

Moorman thanked three retiring directors for their longstanding distinguished service to the corporation: Jerry Baliles, director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and former governor of Virginia; Pete Correll, chairman of Atlanta Equity Investors and former chairman of Georgia Pacific Corporation; and Adm. Paul Reason, former president and chief operations officer of Metro Machine Corporation and retired four-star admiral assigned as commander in chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

In official business, stockholders re-elected 12 directors for terms expiring in 2014: Thomas D. Bell Jr., chairman of Mesa Capital Partners; Erskine B. Bowles, senior advisor to BDT Capital Partners LLC and Carousel Capital; Robert A. Bradway, chairman and chief executive officer of Amgen Inc.; Wesley G. Bush, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation; Daniel A. Carp, chairman of Delta Air Lines Inc.; Karen N. Horn, a partner with Brock Capital Group; Burton M. Joyce, former chairman of IPSCO; Steven F. Leer, executive chairman of Arch Coal Inc.; Michael D. Lockhart, retired chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Armstrong World Industries Inc.; Moorman; Martin H. Nesbitt, co-founder of The Vistria Group; and John R. Thompson, government relations consultant for Best Buy Co. Inc.

Stockholders ratified appointment of KPMG LLP as auditors, approved an advisory resolution on the compensation of executive officers, and approved an amendment to the company’s bylaws to give stockholders the right to call a special meeting.

Moorman’s remarks to stockholders and a new video are posted in the Investors section of the NS website.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

Norfolk Southern's Roanoke office building earns ENERGY STAR certification

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May 8, 2013

Norfolk Southern’s Roanoke office building earns ENERGY STAR certification

ROANOKE, VA. – Norfolk Southern’s office building at 110 Franklin Road SE in Roanoke has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"Norfolk Southern is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Andy Paul, manager energy services. "This demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. ENERGY STAR is a great tool to compare our building performance with our peers. This inspired us to do what we can to achieve the triple bottom line -- planet, people, and profit. We are proud of this accomplishment and excited about similar work across our network.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Norfolk Southern improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across its entire 22-state system and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, Norfolk Southern is leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn ENERGY STAR, Norfolk Southern:
• Used real-time metering to monitor electricity usage. Monitoring at 15-minute intervals allowed the company to chase after the last watt of wasted electricity.
• Reanalyzed the building automation system to verify set points and startup/shutdown times so the building wasn’t running when no one needed it.
• Installed a new independent HVAC system for off-hour building use.
• Upgraded exterior lights to LEDs.
• Replaced stairwell lights with on-demand LEDs.

With these energy reduction techniques Norfolk Southern is able to save more than $60,000 a year at the Franklin Building alone.

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps Norfolk Southern assess how efficiently its buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale might be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Energy Star is a pre-requisite for a building to become LEED certified under the United States Green Building Councils (USGBC) existing building program.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

Go here for more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings.

Go here for information about Norfolk Southern’s sustainability initiatives.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Robin Chapman, 757-629-2713 (robin.chapman@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

April Shenanigans part 2

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his.
Also see our post April Shenanigans part 1 below.

Oh well, NS is a hour 15 away, so headed up to Gallitzin west. Much better!
More trains...but mostly black and wide-nosed.















NS CFO Rathbone to address Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference

Received the following via email.

May 8, 2013

Norfolk Southern CFO Rathbone to address Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference

NORFOLK, VA. – John P. Rathbone, executive vice president finance and chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation will address the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference in Boston at noon EDT on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Interested investors can listen via simultaneous webcast at http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/baml/transportation2013/id86947800.cfm.
The presentation will be posted at www.nscorp.com.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

Norfolk Southern recognizes 54 customers for transporting chemicals safely

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May 7, 2013

Norfolk Southern recognizes 54 customers for transporting chemicals safely

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) announced today that 54 customers earned the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for safe handling of chemical products during 2012.

Given annually for 17 years by Norfolk Southern, the award recognizes companies and facilities that ship more than 1,000 carloads of federally regulated hazardous material over NS’ rail network without a single incident for the year. Fifty-one corporations and three plants reached this goal during 2012.

These customers safely shipped more than 127,000 total carloads of chemical products used to manufacture various consumer goods. Shipments included industrial chemicals, petroleum products, biofuels, and sulfur – all vital products for consumers and the U.S. economy, but potentially dangerous if not handled carefully.

“We congratulate these valued customers for their industry-leading performance in chemical safety, and we thank them for contributing to our railroad’s safe operations,” said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. “They help us demonstrate that rail transportation is the safest, most efficient, and environmentally friendly way to move goods essential for American jobs and a strong economy.”

Customers earning the Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for 2012 are:

Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc.
The Andersons, Inc.
ArcelorMittal USA
Archer Daniels Midland plant at Peoria, Ill.
Arrow Reload Systems Inc.
Ascend Performance Materials LLC
BASF
Bayer MaterialScience LLC
BP Products NA plant at Whiting, Ind.
Cargill
C. F. Industries
CHS
Connacher Oil and Gas Limited
E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company
Eighty-Eight Oil LLC
Equistar Chemicals, LP
ERCO Worldwide
Finnchem USA Inc.
Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.
Great Plains Renewable Energy
Haverhill Chemicals
Husky Energy Inc.
INEOS USA LLC
United Refining Company
Valero Marketing & Supply
Western Petroleum Company
The International Group Inc.
INVISTA S.à.r.l.
Kemira Water Solutions
Koppers, Inc.
Lansing Ethanol Services
Lima Refining Company
Linde LLC
Louis Dryefus Commodities
Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Markwest Energy Partners, L.P.
Marquis Energy LLC
Musket Corporation
NorFalco Inc.
Nucor Steel
Occidental Chemical Corp
Olin Chlor Alkali Products
Oxbow Sulphur Inc.
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
PPG Industries, Inc.
The Procter & Gamble Co.
Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc.
Renewable Products Marketing Group
Rhodia Inc.
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC
Sunbelt Chlor Alkali Partnership
Tidal Energy Marketing Inc.
Toledo Refining Company LLC plant at Toledo, Ohio


Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Frank Brown, 757-629-2710 (fsbrown@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

Cooper-Bessemer Engineer Dies at 105

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Now here's a guy who could have told some C-B stories! And, he worked at both the Grove City and Mount Vernon sites during The Glory Days. I wonder what he knew about the GE locomotive engine's development ? We'll now never know. What would you have given to have sat with him for a few hours with a digital recorder and a list of questions? I'll bet it would have made Mr. Patrick smile to know that one of the pair of 8-cylinder engines developed six decades ago for the 1954 GE/ERIE RR test set will soon be safe in a new museum home in North East, PA. 

See our post on Friday, March 08, 2013 about the above mentioned 8-cylinder engines used in a set of test locomotives. 

Local newspaper obituary - http://sharonherald.com/obituaries/x730865226/John-E-Patrick

Monday, May 20, 2013

April Shenanigans part 1

Received the following via email from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his. 

Took a couple of days to clear my head of insurance adjustors, contractors, etc. headed towards CSXT from Harpers Ferry westward only to make it to Cumberland to find the railroad shut down from 8am to 6pm for tunnel work. rats.








   



Spring Meet - NMRA Garden State Division

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Spring Meet - NMRA Garden State Division

The Garden State Division

and

The New Jersey Division

Dual Meet

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Location

Lakewood Public Library

301 Lexington Ave., Lakewood, NJ

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Meet Activities

Works in Progress (WIP) Clinics

WIP format will have multiple simultaneous clinics covering a variety of interesting modeling areas
You get to choose the topics of greatest value or need to you
There will be nine sessions to choose from taking 15 to 30 min. each
Clinics are done at tables around the room so that small groups are more intimately involved

For additional details about the Meet and Schedule of Clinics use the following link to the GSD Spring newsletter and then go to page 7

http://nergsd.com/Data/WP126.pdf

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Model Contest

Door Model Prize

Home Layouts After the Meet

Directions supplied at Meet

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The NMRA Garden State Division is at

www.nergsd.com

 

CSX Chief Financial Officer to Address Wells Fargo Securities Industrial & Construction Conference

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CSX Corporation Chief Financial Officer to Address Wells Fargo Securities Industrial & Construction Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - May 2, 2013 - Fredrik Eliasson, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address the Wells Fargo Securities, Industrial and Construction Conference in New York City, Thursday, May 9, at 10:40 a.m. Eastern time.

Access to the audio webcast will be available on CSX's website at http://investors.csx.com.  A replay and accompanying audio will be available following the conclusion of this event.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX
Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:

David Baggs, Investor Relations
904-359-4812

Gary Sease, Corporate Communications
877-835-5279

Saturday, May 11, 2013

National Train Day This Saturday!

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The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
 Celebrates National Train Day
 May 11th 2013


1/2 off and River Train ticket

To celebrate National Train Day simply show your railroad, railroad club or railroad organization ID at the ticket booth for 50% off your river train ticket. Mine train $5.00 additional.

Discounts NOT available online. ID must be presented at the ticket booth.

The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
877trainride.com

Save 50%
Good May 11th ONLY with any railroad, railroad club or railroad organization ID, no exceptions. Good ONLY for the River Train. Mine train $5.00 additional

Offer Expires: May 12th

Friday, May 10, 2013

NS to rock National Train Day; Railroad rolls out trains, family fun, and a new twist on an old classic

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May 9, 2013

Norfolk Southern to rock National Train Day
Railroad rolls out trains, family fun, and a new twist on an old classic

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern will rock National Train Day with the premiere of its new television advertisement, which shows how trains connect communities and businesses to drive economic growth.

The commercial, “Norfolk Southern, What’s Your Function,” will show during National Train Day, the sixth annual celebration of freight and passenger trains hosted by Amtrak, on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

NS activities will center on the theme “Train Day Rocks” and the first showing of the commercial, based on the “Conjunction Junction” song from the Schoolhouse Rock! television show, a Disney / American Broadcasting company property that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. A locomotive engineer sang the original song as he hooked together boxcars with “and, or, and but.” The NS ad updates this classic to remind everyone that trains connect us all.

In conjunction with the debut, there will be a Schoolhouse Rock! sing-along. NS will display rail equipment, including its Marco Polo, West Virginia, and Delaware office cars; Exhibit Car; Research and Test Car; and two locomotives. (Click here to view a slideshow of the equipment.)

Across the country, more than 200 communities are hosting events at local train stations, railroad museums, and other locations. At Chicago’s Union Station, Norfolk Southern will display its Conrail heritage locomotive.

Norfolk Southern events at National Train Day
  • Explore one-of-a-kind rail cars and view locomotives
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  • Join the Schoolhouse Rock! sing-along, take pictures in a photo booth to share with friends
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  • Experience what it’s like to operate a locomotive
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  • See how NS uses technology in its operations
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  • Step inside Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s private rail car
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  • See “Norfolk Southern, What’s Your Function”
Tweet your pictures and comments to #traindayrocks. Celebrating trains doesn’t end with National Train Day. Visit Norfolk Southern’s Facebook page and Twitter account to keep the train talk going.
 
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:
(Media) Dave Pidgeon, 717-541-2247 (david.pidgeon@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

The 2013 Delaware River Railroad Excursions Season Starts on May 4th!

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The Delaware River Railroad Excursions - Tickets for all 2013 trips are now on sale*
I can't believe it's here already! Our 2013 season starts in just two weeks.

The River Train ( our scenic train ride along the river), The Mine Train ( to the site of the Ol' Susquehanna gem Stone Mine, and the Wine Train all start on the 4th of May!

Tickets are also on sale for A Day Out With Thomas in July!

This year we are proud to announce a great new trip, The Dinosaur Train! As many of our trips sell out fast please don't miss out. We cant wait to see you on the railroad!

To buy tickets for the River Train:
River Train Tickets
and for the Warren County Winery Train
Winery Train Tickets

Sincerely,
Chris Cotty
V.P & G.M.
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
877trainride.com

* Polar Express Tickets Go On Sale August 1st


A Day Out With Thomas


Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ . Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading.

The train pulled by Thomas leaves every hour on the hour, 10 am to 5 pm.

You may also ride the River Train along the scenic Delaware River to Pinchers Point, New Jersey ( an hour and fifteen minute round trip). For an added adventure take theRiver Train to the Ol' Susquehanna Mine , enjoy the animated Mine Shaft Explosion, History and learn how to pan for Gem Stones that you can take home!.

The trips pulled by Thomas take you along the beautiful Delaware River to North Carpentersville New Jersey, a 25 minute ride.

The River Train pulled by our STEAM locomotive #142 follows the same route journeying further along the river to Edingers with a brief stop at the "Old Susquehanna" gem stone mine. At the mine you may get off , visit the mine and learn how to pan for gems. Each passenger receives a bag of mine tiling's , a brief history of the mine and use of the sluice to prospect for their very own gem stones they can bring home!

You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for all trains although we advise that you purchase your tickets in advance.

Trains to and from the mine depart every hour. Stay at the mine as little as an hour or as long as you like!

Experience the exploding mine shaft tour-- its a hoot!

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT!

A Day Out With Thomas Tickets


The Dinosaur Train


August 17,18,24,25

Roar...take a ride back to the Jurassic Period on the Dinosaur Train™!

Patterned after the hit PBS Television cartoon series, families take an adventurous ride to the Nature Trackers Activity Area where they explore, play and learn about life science, natural history and dinosaurs. Guests will meet their favorite T-rex, Buddy, find real fossils and dig for dinosaur bones! There is also music, giant dinosaurs and merchandise!
Dinosaur Train Tickets


The Warren County Winery Train

Enjoy a beautiful journey along the scenic Delaware River behind New Jersey's only operating steam locomotive.

Visit to one of New Jersey's most beautiful Wineries. The train will take you to the end of our line where you will board a bus for the short trip to the winery which is located in Finesville, New Jersey

The Warren County Winery Train is operated by the Delaware River Railroad Excursions located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. We are a Non-profit, 501 (c) 3 corporation and staffed almost entirely by volunteers.

Winery Train Tickets


About The Delaware River Railroad Excursions

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc., the operators of the Delaware River Railroad Excursions was formed in the fall of 1988 by several longtime observers of the railroad who felt that there was a need for an organization to preserve the history of the "Susquehanna, its ancestor corporations and the rich railroading history of New Jersey.

Since that time, the Society has grown to over 550 members from 30 states, Canada and New Zealand. The society is incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit educational organization. It is also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization, as defined in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
877trainride.com

Thursday, May 02, 2013

CSX Recognized for Corporate Diversity Leadership, Top Company for Veterans

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CSX Recognized for Corporate Diversity Leadership, Top Company for Veterans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 24, 2013 - CSX Corporation (CSX) announced today that the company was named to DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies list, and ranked number one on the list of Top 10 Companies for Veterans.

DiversityInc recognizes companies with demonstrated commitments to diverse hiring and business practices. The publication has recognized CSX several times in the past.

"Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, engagement and equal opportunity remains strong, and that's evident in our workforce of 32,000 people and their accomplishments," said Michael J. Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Clearly, our future hinges on making sure that we are properly resourced: that we have the right locomotives, the right rail cars, the right tracks to the right markets, and most important, the right people who are up to the challenge."

The faces of CSX from the board room to the crew room reflect increasing diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, background and physical abilities. The company is inclusive in its hiring practices as well as in its supplier relationships, community outreach, management practices and leadership goals.

"On the heels of the demographically revealing 2012 presidential election, it is clear that U.S. companies are increasingly conscious of the importance of diversity," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "We are very encouraged to see more companies applying for this distinction and embracing diversity more deeply than ever. We also note a continued positive correlation between achievement in diversity and overall positive stock performance."

CSX has a longstanding history of promoting inclusion and diversity. Employees are encouraged to join one of our many diversity and inclusion groups, which are employee-driven and focus on a shared interest. Nearly one in five employees is a military veteran and since 2006, G.I. Jobs has recognized CSX annually as one of the top 50 Military-Friendly Employers. In recent years, CSX has received other honors from Diversity MBA Magazine, Black MBA Magazine, the Association of Diversity Councils, CollegeGrad.com, Hispanic Business and Disability Matters. Additionally, CSX is a charter member of GettingHired.com, an organization for employers and job applicants designed to help the millions of Americans living with disabilities secure sustainable employment and flourish in their careers.

The DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally, comprised of a voluntary survey that evaluates CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity. This year, 893 companies participated in the survey. The full list for 2013 can be found at www.DiversityInc.com/top50.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.  More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

Contact:
Carla Groleau
1 (877) TELL-CSX

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

For a change of pace...

(Train sightings on 4-21-13.)

... I thought it would be nice to do a chase of NS's H76 on Sunday instead of photographing the mainline NS frieghts that pass over the Lehigh Line. With that in mind, I was off to Bloomsbury (LEHL MP 68.8) to see if there was a center flow car on the siding by Agway. This would be the first stop for H76 on its trip east to Manville. NS 9747 (C40-9W) would bring it three car consist to a halt just past the siding. NS 6806 (SD60M) and three center flow cars would be uncoupled from 9747, pull forward and back up onto the spur to couple up to this car.





Next stop would be at the Crop Production Service siding in Jutland to pick up two more center flow cars, one of them bearing the Norfolk & Western "NW". Following the H76 was nice since it provided me with a opportunity to photograph locations that I don't normally get a chance to see switching activity. 





NS and GreenTrees plant 2.4 million trees - so far - in 4 states

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April 24, 2013

Norfolk Southern and GreenTrees plant 2.4 million trees – so far – on 4,000 acres in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Illinois

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern has made substantial progress on its Trees and Trains reforestation program, planting 2.4 million trees on 4,000 acres in four states in the ecologically important Mississippi Delta.

The Trees and Trains project is a five-year reforestation and carbon sequestration project to plant six million trees on 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) with GreenTrees®, the leading reforestation program on private lands in the U.S. The $5.6 million project, in its third year, is the largest carbon reforestation project in the nation. Over time, the trees will generate 1.12 million tons of carbon-offset credits, significantly offsetting the railroad’s CO2 emissions.

Considered North America's “Amazon,” the MAV is the nation’s largest watershed and a vital habitat for numerous wildlife species. Forest once covered 25 million acres of the valley, but most of the land was converted to agricultural production, and today only four million acres of forest remain. Trees and Trains calls for creating a permanent forest. Under the program, landowners receive carbon payments for planting trees instead of crops on marginal or frequently flooded land.

GreenTrees Managing Partner Chandler Van Voorhis explains, “Landowners retain the use of their acreage and can earn additional income through recreational usage, conservation tax benefits, and timber sales. These agreements encourage long-term storage of carbon dioxide in the trees, roots, and soil on the land.”

In 2008, after 50 years of farming, landowner Bobby Petrus of Monroe, La., converted his 1,162 acres of farmland from cotton, corn, and beans to hardwood trees to lock in a steady income without the seasonal risks of traditional farming.

“The trees have provided us with a more reliable source of income than the crops we had planted in the past,” Petrus says. “Our family is very satisfied with the success. The growth and survival rate on the inter-planted cottonwoods and hardwoods has been astounding.”

“Trees and trains have a lot in common,” Van Voorhis says. “The essence of a train is the efficient movement of goods across the landscape. Trees represent the most efficient distribution of ecological services and goods. Both are long-term assets that require heavy upfront capital to build. Together, trees and trains symbolize how conservation capitalism will be delivered.”

Blair Wimbush, NS vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer, says Trees and Trains is a model for how NS plans to invest in conservation initiatives to mitigate the railroad's environmental impacts.

“While restoring former woodlands, we’re generating long-term benefits for multiple stakeholders, including residents of the communities we serve, customers, employees, farmers and family landowners, as well as Norfolk Southern.”

Trees and Trains is one of several initiatives Norfolk Southern has under way as part of its woodlands sustainability projects. NS also is supporting research by The Longleaf Alliance to restore longleaf pine forest ecosystems in the South, and American Chestnut Foundation, which is working to reestablish American chestnut trees to their native range through planting initiatives at former coal mine sites.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Norfolk Southern contacts:

(Media) Susan Terpay, 757-823-5204 (susan.terpay@nscorp.com)
(Investors) Michael Hostutler, 757-629-2861 (michael.hostutler@nscorp.com)

GreenTrees contact:
Chandler Van Voorhis, 540-253-2504 (chandler@c2invest.net)