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NS donates Southern Railway archives to Atlanta museum

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 10/26/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Corp. has donated the full Southern Railway company archives, as well as $500,000, to the Atlanta History Center. The archives, which include hundreds of thousands of pages of documents — from photos to construction plans and reports — show the history of Atlanta’s transit growth from the 1840s to today. The $500,000 will help the museum digitize and preserve the collection. Southern Railway merged with Norfolk & Western in 1982 to create the present-day Norfolk Southern Railway. NS Chairman, President and CEO James Squires said the archives belong to Atlanta because of the history they represent. "The history of Southern Railway is inseparable from the history of this region," Squires said in a press release. Decades of rail history is ultimately the reason Atlanta has grown into the city it is today, said Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. "This collection is crucial to uncovering the many stories behind the city's transformation," Hale said. "We're excited to have the opportunity to preserve this history and make it publicly available for students and teachers, researchers, and those who are simply interested in Atlanta."

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NS mandates vaccination, sues unions

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 10/25/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image NS filed the suit against the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers and two other unions that represent its employees. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Railway last week filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop several labor unions from suing over the Class I’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Last week, NS, represented by Jones Day, field a petition in Chicago federal court claiming the unions’ objections to the vaccine requirement must be brought in arbitration and not in court, according to a Reuters report.

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Norfolk Southern donates funds to food banks

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 9/10/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Railway yesterday announced $400,000 in grants awarded to 31 food banks located across the states it serves. The funds will support local efforts to combat food insecurity, as well as other assistance initiatives supporting children, families and senior citizens. This latest set of grants builds on NS’s longstanding commitment of giving to these critical community organizations, NS officials said in a press release. "Food insecurity impacts every community in our country and disproportionately children and senior citizens. Our role as a company is to move the goods that power the economy, and while a recovery is underway, many are still feeling the economic impact of the pandemic. Norfolk Southern is proud to partner with these food banks as a way to help make a difference by feeding and assisting those in need," said LaSandra Boykin, NS director of corporate giving. The complete list of food banks that received grants can be found on the donations can be found on the NS website.

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NS to reopen Pennsylvania intermodal facility

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 8/16/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Railway late last week announced plans to reopen its intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, to create capacity to support economic growth and help ease supply-chain congestion that has slowed the flow of commerce across all modes of the U.S. transportation sector. Effective Sept. 10, the railroad plans a gradual phase-in of business at the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility, starting with domestic intermodal traffic that currently moves between NS intermodal facilities in Memphis, Tennessee, and Rutherford in south-central Pennsylvania. Greencastle will provide additional terminal capacity and help to improve service as demand continues to grow, NS officials said in a press release. "With strong growth in volume driven by e-commerce and a recovering economy, we believe the timing is right to bring our Greencastle facility back online," said Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw. NS opened the Greencastle facility in January 2013 as part of its Crescent Corridor initiative, a public-private partnership designed to convert freight from highway to rail to ease congested roadways and reduce carbon emissions while creating opportunities for jobs and economic development. Under the initiative, the railroad also constructed intermodal terminals in Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Memphis. The railroad idled the Greencastle terminal in 2019 for business reasons, while leaving open the possibility of resuming operations if market conditions changed, NS officials said.

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NS issues newly renamed corporate responsibility report

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 8/10/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Corp. yesterday released its 14th annual corporate responsibility report, which now is named the environmental, social and governance (ESG) report to better reflect the company’s holistic commitment to sustainability. The Class I ramped up its sustainability efforts in 2020, in part by becoming the first major North American railroad to issue green bonds — which totaled $500 million — and establishing a science-based target for a 42% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions intensity that’s consistent with the Paris Agreement on climate change, NS officials said in a press release. “At Norfolk Southern, sustainability is in our DNA — a part of everything we do as a company. From environmental stewardship to the safety and development of our entire team, we are in the business of a better planet, committed to bold leadership and deliberate action,” said NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James Squires. Some of the the milestones listed in the ESG report include: • spending $166 million with diverse suppliers; • making $13.1 million in total corporate contributions across the company’s 22 state footprint; • nearly doubling renewable energy usage to 18% in deregulated markets as of May 1, 2021, and establishing a new goal of using 30% clean energy by 2030; • diverting 81% of waste from landfills; • recycling 100% of old wood ties and more than 90% of steel ties; • recycling all 400 miles of rail replaced each year; and • reclaiming more than 6,200 tons of used oil. For more information about NS’ sustainability efforts, read this cover story in Progressive Railroading’s August issue.

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