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.
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.
The North Carolina Railroad: Collaborating with Communities and Spurring Economic Growth
NCRR partners with North Carolina’s economic development community to drive job creation, recruit rail-served industry and spur economic growth. Check out our economic development map to see how NCRR Invests is unlike any other initiative in the country. https://t.co/vYFIv4TC7r
Construction continues on a new bridge that will replace a nearly 100-year-old railroad bridge in Morrisville. We are partnering with @Morrisville_NC on the new railroad bridge which accommodates a greenway to pass underneath.
The NCRR Corridor spans 317 miles of North Carolina from Charlotte to Morehead City. View freight and passenger routes in North Carolina, logistical centers and more with our interactive map. https://t.co/RJ1uYlLjIx
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