Company Overview

Since 1827, we've been moving the goods and materials that power the U.S. economy. Customer-centric and operations-driven, we are dedicated to advancing safety, serving communities, and driving innovation for tomorrow's rail.

Who We Are

Guided by Clear Values, We Deliver for America

Running a railroad takes vision. Ours is focused on moving America's economy with resilient service, sustainable growth, and uncompromising safety.

Railroad Industry leader Norfolk Southern’s president Alan Shaw standing in front of a train

Our history spans nearly two centuries. Ever since the early days of American railroading, we've been laying the foundation that powers our country's cities, towns, and infrastructure.

Today, we're building the railroad of the future. We operate one of the most expansive rail networks in the country, guided by our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.

Leading the Future of Reliable Rail

To us, success means operating safely, delivering for customers and communities, and growing sustainably for tomorrow.

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    Everything starts with safety. Serving customers and communities safely isn't just what we do. It's who we are.

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    From AI to machine learning to edge computing, our team is constantly advancing the safety and efficiency of rail.

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    To us, sustainability means business. As the most sustainable way to ship freight over land, we can help you reduce carbon emissions, meet sustainability goals, and grow your business.



We invest significantly in our workforce and infrastructure to safely deliver resilient service for our customers. Because it's not just about the numbers. It's about moving the world


Route miles across 22 states and the District of Columbia, connecting 800 industrial sites, 175 warehouses, and 43 ports.


Talented conductors, engineers, and employees committed to safe, efficient rail transport.


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Our Leadership

Delivering on Our Values

From our executives to our board of directors, our leaders drive our company's vision, grounded in our shared values, as we lay tracks for the railroad of the future.

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Powering the railroad of the future is about more than service. It’s about people.

Forging a Better Tomorrow

We care about each other, our customers, our partners, the communities we serve, and the planet we call home. That’s who we are, in everything we do, and our decisions reflect our values.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

An inclusive workplace where everyone’s experience and perspective is valued makes for a stronger company with a brighter, more innovative, successful future.

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In Your Community

Relationships are built on trust. That's why we support the communities where we operate and empower our workforce to do the same, all while putting safety first in all we do.

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Find Your Future

From field ops to corporate to IT, careers at Norfolk Southern move the world.

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We link customers and communities to the marketplaces of the world.

We Help Customers Thrive

We move freight safely, reliably, and efficiently to help our customers grow and reduce their carbon emissions.

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How Rail Shipping Works

See how our rail network connects with ports, trucking companies, and other railroads to deliver for you.

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Industries Served

From automobiles to agricultural products and beyond, we move it all. See what rail shipping can do for your industry.

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