Norfolk Southern to discontinue certain railcar sorting operations in Roanoke

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Mon Feb 25 11:48:05 EST 2013

Sad......but hard business decisions must be made to best support the overall health of the corporation, its employees as a whole, andcertainly their shareholders. NS is a very well managed corporation and I'm sure this decision wasn't made lightly......... and was arrived at through the use of proper operational data, forecasting, and modeling. Still sad.

Ed Painter Narrows, VA currently living in Russellville, AR....retiring on Mar 1 and fully moved to Dawsonville,GA by Mar 3 !




> Feb. 25, 2013


> Norfolk Southern to discontinue certain railcar sorting

> operations in Roanoke


> NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Southern announced today that it will

> cease regional railcar classification operations at its Roanoke

> Terminal hump yard in Roanoke, Va., beginning today. This will

> mean the elimination of about 140 positions. The Terminal will

> continue to provide service to local customers, and to be a hub

> for through-train operations.


> The Roanoke hump operation has seen a steady decline in the

> volume of general merchandise cars handled by about 30 percent

> since 2006. At the same time, system-wide improvements in the

> railroad’s operations have freed up network capacity such that

> classification operations now performed at Roanoke are no longer

> necessary.


> “The employees who work at Roanoke are dedicated and efficient,”

> said Terry Evans, vice president transportation. “But the

> geographical location and layout of the hump yard make it not

> only expensive but redundant within our network.”


> Most of the affected positions are carmen, who inspect and repair

> railcars, and train crews, who conduct switching operations in

> the yard. Some track maintenance positions are affected.

> System-wide, Norfolk Southern anticipates hiring between 850 and

> 1,150 employees in 2013 to keep up with attrition. These

> positions will first be offered to employees affected by the

> Roanoke change and employees furloughed at other locations.


> While the change means that Roanoke will no longer serve as a

> regional classification yard, Norfolk Southern, which currently

> employs about 1,870 in Roanoke, will continue its presence in the

> area. In addition to the remaining terminal operations, Norfolk

> Southern will continue to employ workers at its Shaffers Crossing

> locomotive and car shops, its East End Locomotive Shops, the

> Roanoke Material Yard, and maintain headquarters for the Virginia

> Division and a corporate presence at its office building on

> Franklin Road.


> Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier

> transportation companies. Its 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. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive

> intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of

> coal, automotive, and industrial products.


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