Norfolk Southern Corporation, based in Norfolk, Va., is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company transports freight over a network consisting of 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and connects to 259 short line and regional railroads and other rail carriers throughout the country. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive; chemicals; metals and construction; agriculture; consumer products and government; and paper, clay and forest products.
Norfolk Southern employs about 30,000 people systemwide, with about 1,200 in the Hampton Roads region. Its flagship Lamberts Point Coal Terminal is an NS-served and operated transshipment terminal located on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk with annual throughput capacity is 48 million tons.