Railroad Performance Measures   



Norfolk Southern
Weekly Performance Report


All five railroads use the same definitions to calculate their performance data,ensuring a high degree of consistency of the measurements. However, these measures are most useful for examining trends and relative changes, and least useful as absolutes.

The level of one railroad’s performance relative to another’s may differ sharply because each railroad is unique. Differences between railroads include terrain, physical routes and network design, traffic mix and volume, the extent of passenger operations, and operational practices. External factors such as weather and port operations can also cause variations between railroads and over time.In addition,individual differences in the collection and reporting of operational data may affect the absolute level of the measures on each road to some degree.


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 Historical Average Week Ending
4Q16 Sep 2017  09/22/17 09/29/17 10/06/17 10/13/17 
RevisionsRR     
Cars on Line
By Car Owner
System 52,824 49,452  49,306 49,218 48,878 49,208 
Foreign RR 26,596 27,472  27,381 27,385 27,837 28,062 
Private 101,795 106,578  107,413 108,743 108,234 109,064 
Total 181,215 183,502  184,100 185,346 184,949 186,334 
Pct. Private 56.2 58.1  58.3 58.7 58.5 58.5 
By Car Type
Box 14,896 15,081  14,921 14,960 15,022 14,957 
Covered Hopper 47,719 49,315  49,637 50,668 50,197 50,687 
Gondola 16,259 16,003  15,999 15,959 15,946 15,923 
Intermodal 10,303 10,270  10,243 10,364 10,453 10,430 
Multilevel 10,635 10,028  10,126 9,747 10,057 10,302 
Open Hopper 38,472 39,203  39,069 39,200 38,899 39,268 
Tank 35,343 36,306  36,708 37,075 36,920 37,211 
Other 7,588 7,296  7,397 7,373 7,455 7,556 
Total 181,215 183,502  184,100 185,346 184,949 186,334 
Train Speed (Miles per Hour)
Intermodal 29.0 27.8  27.3 27.2 26.8 26.7 
Manifest 21.6 19.7  19.5 18.9 18.8 18.9 
Multilevel 22.8 21.3  20.9 20.4 20.1 20.4 
Coal Unit 17.6 17.1  16.7 17.2 16.9 17.2 
Grain Unit 18.7 17.4  16.1 18.0 16.7 16.9 
All Trains 23.2 21.6  21.3 21.1 20.8 20.8 
Terminal Dwell (Hours)
Allentown, PA 25.3 26.6  27.5 26.7 26.1 27.2 
Bellevue, OH 29.5 33.3  32.5 35.8 34.6 33.5 
Birmingham, AL 30.1 35.5  31.9 37.0 35.0 41.7 
Chattanooga, TN 29.0 35.7  36.0 33.4 37.8 44.9 
Columbus, OH 22.0 24.7  26.1 24.9 37.7 34.5 
Conway, PA 29.7 25.9  25.5 25.4 27.3 25.9 
Decatur, IL 22.0 20.3  18.8 22.0 22.3 19.8 
Elkhart, IN 33.8 30.4  35.7 30.9 32.1 32.1 
Atlanta, GA 13.5 14.7  15.2 16.5 16.6 15.5 
Linwood, NC 27.0 28.1  28.0 27.4 31.1 33.1 
Macon, GA 28.5 30.4  27.8 28.6 29.2 28.4 
New Orleans, LA 18.5 22.6  22.1 23.7 19.6 16.9 
Roanoke, VA 35.5 33.2  37.1 34.1 35.2 29.1 
Sheffield, AL 26.3 30.2  31.9 31.1 34.6 37.9 
Entire Railroad 24.0 24.8  24.7 24.8 25.3 25.6 
When reviewing the above data, please refer to the specific definitions by this carrier to understand the measurements being provided.
R = Revised Figure(s) reported for this week 
- = Not Available