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.
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In 1989, NCRR merged w/ Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad. Chartered in 1854, the A&NCRR, linked Shepard’s Point (Morehead City) with the NCRR terminus in Goldsboro. The merger consolidated the two railroads into the 317-mile NCRR corridor. Photo: A&NCRR locomotive engine 103.
North Carolina is home to 3,000 miles of railroad. Check out our interactive map that shows the NCRR corridor, and other Class I and regional freight routes, as well as passenger routes. https://t.co/5nUsixu1tj
The RR bridge over Gregson St. in Durham, often referred to as, "11-foot-8" and "Can Opener" bridge is now eight inches taller. NCRR invested $500,000 to raise the bridge to 12'4", providing additional clearance for vehicles. Learn more, https://t.co/U79UcMPm3X
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