Norfolk Southern opens Heartland Corridor

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RADFORD, Va. — Norfolk Southern today marked the completion of one of the most impressive railroad engineering projects of the past half-century: its Heartland Corridor. The project enables doublestack trains to pass over NS’s direct route between Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest.

“This is a remarkable achievement, and it marks a notable date in transportation history,” said Wick Moorman, NS’s CEO, at a ceremony commemorating the event. “The Heartland Corridor’s completion is not an end, but rather, the start of an era of new thinking, new resolve, and new optimism in which business, communities, and the public sector find creative ways to power the American economy.”

NS began raising vertical clearances on 28 tunnels and removed 24 overhead obstacles starting in October 2007. Cumulatively, the project included raising clearances on 5.7 miles of tunnels by roof excavation and liner replacement, arched roof notching, and track lowering.

The completed project reduces transit times between Virginia ports to Chicago from four days to three and shaves nearly 250 miles off earlier doublestack routings.

Moorman held court outside the Cowan Tunnel in western Virginia.
RADFORD, Va. — Norfolk Southern today marked the completion of one of the most impressive railroad engineering projects of the past half-century: its Heartland Corridor. The project enables doublestack trains to pass over NS’s direct route between Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest.

“This is a remarkable achievement, and it marks a notable date in transportation history,” said Wick Moorman, NS’s CEO, at a ceremony commemorating the event. “The Heartland Corridor’s completion is not an end, but rather, the start of an era of new thinking, new resolve, and new optimism in which business, communities, and the public sector find creative ways to power the American economy.”

NS began raising vertical clearances on 28 tunnels and removed 24 overhead obstacles starting in October 2007. Cumulatively, the project included raising clearances on 5.7 miles of tunnels by roof excavation and liner replacement, arched roof notching, and track lowering.

The completed project reduces transit times between Virginia ports to Chicago from four days to three and shaves nearly 250 miles off earlier doublestack routings.

Moorman held court outside the Cowan Tunnel in western Virginia.
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