Norfolk Southern transports freight that powers the U.S. economy and touches virtually every aspect of daily life in the communities we serve.
Premier rail freight transportation
Norfolk Southern Corporation, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., is one of the nation‘s premier transportation companies. Our Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. We operate the most extensive intermodal freight network in the East and are a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
Connecting communities with the world
Our railway transports raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East, and Midwest. Our interchange connections with other rail carriers enable us to move customer goods to and from the rest of the United States. We also transport overseas freight through ports we serve on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and provide comprehensive logistics services. The common stock of Norfolk Southern is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NSC.
Norfolk Southern was incorporated in Virginia on July 23, 1980. On June 1, 1982, Norfolk Southern acquired control of two major operating railroads, Norfolk and Western Railway Company and Southern Railway Company. While we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2012, we trace our heritage to the earliest days of U.S. railroading – the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road, chartered in 1827.
Together with our railroad subsidiaries, Norfolk Southern transports freight that is essential to the U.S. economy and contributes to virtually every aspect of daily life. We move such things as vehicles, lumber to build homes, coal for generating electricity and manufacturing steel, canned goods that stock grocery shelves, and a host of other products used every day by households, businesses, and industries.
The freight we haul for customers is classified in the following market groups, along with the percentage of total railway operating revenues each group contributed to our business in 2012:
Although most of our customers are domestic, the ultimate points of origination or destination for some of the products we transport are outside the United States — particularly intermodal containers and coal bound for export to countries in South America, Asia, Europe, and elsewhere.
Norfolk Southern makes available its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports on its website as soon as possible after such material is filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In addition, the following documents are available on the company’s website and in print by request: