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NS donates rail history archives to Virginia museum

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 4/6/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Corp. will also donate $750,000 to support the Norfolk and Western collection in perpetuity. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Corp. has donated the complete collection of historical documents and archives from predecessor company Norfolk and Western Railway to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the company announced today.

The collection dates back to the 1840s and includes thousands of photographs and glass plate negatives, as well as business records, annual reports, blueprints, plans, bridge drawings, advertisements, portraits and three-dimensional artifacts from predecessor railroads that together provide a look into the growth of rail transportation across the eastern United States.

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NS garners two awards for sustainability achievements

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 4/1/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image The Class I earned the ACC's award in part for using alternative fuels and employing locomotive energy management systems Photo – Norfolk Southern Railway

Norfolk Southern Railway recently received the Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Award for Locomotive Fuel Efficiency from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the 2022 Green Bond of the Year Award from Environmental Finance for a number of sustainability achievements.

The ACC award recognizes member companies for initiatives that improve energy usage. The council honored NS’ locomotive fuel efficiency program with an exceptional merit designation.

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NS launches new carbon calculator

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 3/14/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image The new calculator enhances the accuracy of carbon estimates by capturing the entire cycle of fuel usage. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Railway today announced the launch of a next-generation carbon calculator for customers to measure carbon emissions in their supply chain decisions.

The calculator enhances the accuracy of carbon estimates by capturing the entire cycle of fuel usage, NS officials said in a press release. Direct fuel consumption from locomotives is applied to every rail car based on weight and distance traveled, and additional fuel accounted for includes yard and local operations, equipment repositioning and fuel expended while handling containers in intermodal operations. The tool generates a rail fuel efficiency factor for 18 rail-car types and 30 commodities.

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NS, PennDOT to collaborate on freight-, passenger-rail improvements

The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has helped paved the way for Norfolk Southern Railway and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to collaborate on an operating agreement and finalize the improvements required to increase passenger-rail service between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, state and NS officials announced last week.

Passenger-rail funds included in the IIJA will enable improvements on the NS-owned rail corridor west of Harrisburg. The engineering and construction will stem from an NS operational feasibility study identifying the improvements required to eliminate eight chokepoints and to allow freight and passenger trains to operate without conflicting with each other.

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Norfolk Southern offers bonuses to recruit more conductor trainees

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 2/18/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Once training is completed, NS conductors are guaranteed a minimum annual pay of $52,000. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Corp. yesterday announced it's offering starting bonuses of up to $5,000 for conductor trainees staffed in priority locations and $2,500 for those stationed in other locations.

Priority locations include Binghamton and Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Manassas and Roanoke, Virginia; Harrisburg and Conway, Pennsylvania; Birmingham and Sheffield, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Linwood, North Carolina.

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