Railroad Performance Measures   



Norfolk Southern
Weekly Performance Report


All three 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.

PLEASE NOTE - Cars on Line data are not available for February 12–15: figures for February and for the week ended February 15 are the averages for the days that are available.


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 Historical Average Week Ending
2Q18 May 2019  05/17/19 05/24/19 05/31/19 06/07/19 
Revisions R    R
Cars on Line
By Car Owner
System 46,133  45,714 46,106 46,045 45,781 
Foreign RR 24,826  24,559 24,712 25,284 25,383 
Private 101,726  102,567 101,207 100,927 101,834 
Total 172,685  172,840 172,025 172,256 172,998 
Pct. Private 58.9  59.3 58.8 58.6 58.9 
By Car Type
Box 13,049  12,932 12,747 13,006 13,272 
Covered Hopper 45,461  45,527 45,271 44,464 44,804 
Gondola 14,875  14,800 14,951 14,828 14,849 
Intermodal 10,056  10,015 10,196 10,273 10,266 
Multilevel 10,391  10,251 10,497 10,991 10,738 
Open Hopper 38,288  38,404 37,952 38,038 38,474 
Tank 33,861  34,299 33,677 33,891 33,945 
Other 6,704  6,612 6,734 6,765 6,650 
Total 172,685  172,840 172,025 172,256 172,998 
Train Speed (Miles per Hour)
Intermodal 25.2 27.5  27.7 26.6 28.1 26.9 
Manifest 15.8 20.5  20.4 20.0 21.0 20.1 
Multilevel 18.8 20.9  21.3 20.2 20.6 20.8 
Coal Unit 15.1 18.4  18.6 17.3 18.9 17.6 
Grain Unit 14.1 18.7  18.9 18.6 19.3 17.4 
All Trains 18.4 22.1  22.3 21.6 22.6 21.6 
Terminal Dwell (Hours)
Allentown, PA 21.9 19.0  18.9 19.4 18.8 18.4 
Bellevue, OH 34.7 23.2  23.1 23.8 23.5 22.0 
Birmingham, AL 46.4 23.3  24.0 23.8 21.9 23.3 
Chattanooga, TN 61.6 24.5  25.0 23.4 21.5 21.4 
Columbus, OH 40.8 16.8  13.9 17.5 14.0 15.3 
Conway, PA 31.9 20.0  21.1 19.3 20.1 19.5 
Decatur, IL 26.6 20.6  20.6 20.7 21.4 20.0 
Elkhart, IN 34.6 22.7  22.4 22.5 22.4 21.0 
Atlanta, GA 14.6 12.6  11.6 13.5 12.8 13.9 
Linwood, NC 40.2 22.3  22.6 22.7 24.0 21.7 
Macon, GA 37.4 22.2  22.9 21.9 21.6 22.7 
New Orleans, LA 28.5 26.1  27.7 24.5 25.9 21.4 
Roanoke, VA 46.3 20.0  18.9 20.0 20.3 20.7 
Sheffield, AL 48.2 20.0  19.9 18.9 19.3 18.9 
Entire Railroad 28.7 18.1  17.8 17.9 18.5 18.3 
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