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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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Norfolk Southern recognized for climate work with suppliers

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 2/11/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image NS was recently recognized with an A- climate change rating in CDP's highest rated tier, the leadership level. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Corp. has earned a spot on CDP's 2021 Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, the company announced yesterday.

CDP is the leading carbon disclosure system for the global business community. NS was recently recognized with an A- climate change rating in CDP's highest rated tier, the leadership level.

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NS installs hybrid cranes at Chicago, Atlanta intermodal terminals

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 1/28/2022 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image The cranes can be used to work over one or two tracks along with two truck lanes at the Chicago and Atlanta rail yards. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Railway has installed five new diesel-electric hybrid overhead gantry cranes at its Chicago Landers and Atlanta Inman intermodal terminals.

The 60-foot cranes are fuel efficient and further the Class I’s sustainability goals by reducing air emissions, NS officials said in a press release issued yesterday. The new cranes are in addition to the railroad's first five hybrid Konecranes introduced to Chicago operations in 2021 at the 47th Street intermodal facility.

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