January 8, 2019
Fast Response Enables Freight Railroad Operations to Stay on Track

The 2018 hurricane season posed significant impacts to much of North Carolina. In addition to the devastating effects Hurricanes Florence and Michael had on homes and businesses, the storms severely impacted our state’s infrastructure.

The North Carolina Railroad Company leases its 317-miles of tracks, from the Port in Morehead City to Charlotte, to Class I freight rail provider Norfolk Southern. Through this partnership, the engineering team at Norfolk Southern works with NCRR’s Vice President of Engineering, Jim Kessler, to quickly identify damage along the railroad corridor and initiate repairs.

Eight washouts on the North Carolina Railroad occurred during Hurricane Florence, with most taking place on the eastern portion of the line. The photos above demonstrate damage, repair and restoration of the NCRR line at mile marker 19.5 near the Banks School Road crossing in Kinston.

There were eight washouts on the North Carolina Railroad during Hurricane Florence, with most taking place on the eastern portion of the line. The photos above demonstrate damage, repair and restoration of the NCRR line at mile marker 19.5 near the Banks School Road crossing in Kinston.

The damage to infrastructure following a powerful storm can be a substantial threat to the state’s economy even after the storm passes. While portions of major interstates were under water, the 317-mile North Carolina Railroad experienced damage and service outages resulting from rising water levels and high winds. In the days following the hurricanes, Norfolk Southern worked to restore culverts that were washed out, remove downed trees, and repair portions of the track, allowing both freight and passenger trains to resume normal operations on the North Carolina Railroad corridor.

North Carolina’s railroad corridor from Charlotte to Morehead City is open for business, moving people and products to keep the economy in motion.

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Today is NCRR Charter day. Our charter, signed in 1849, outlined a need to connect the state from "east to west." We're proud to say our 317-mile rail corridor helps move people and freight east to west AND north to south. Don't worry, we'll keep exceeding expectations.

The weight ratio between a car and a soda can is about 4,000 to 1. The weight ratio between the average freight train and an average family-sized car is also 4,000 to 1. When a car hits a soda can, the can is destroyed. Don't be the soda can. #STOPTrackTragedies

Did you know U.S. railroads, on average, move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on just one gallon of fuel? That's about four times more efficient at hauling freight than a truck. So, who's interested in learning more about using rail for your freight shipping needs?

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