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Norfolk Southern Railway Co. (NS) - 2008

The Norfolk Southern Railway Company was formed June 1, 1982, with the merging of the Norfolk and Western Railway and the Southern Railway. In June 1997, the NS and CSX filed a joint application to purchase the Conrail property. The NS began operating about 7,200 miles of the former Conrail property June 1, 1999. The NS is owned by Norfolk Southern Corp., which is based in Norfolk, Va.

The railroad operates 20,890 miles of track in 23 states in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as in Ontario, Canada. The NS serves all major eastern ports. The NS operates 44 miles of track in Iowa running from Des Moines to Burlington, most of which are trackage rights on the BNSF Railway Co. The railroad employs more than 31,000 people systemwide.

The main products handled by the NS in Iowa include grain and food products.