Track: Most of our key routes are inspected at least twice a week by track inspectors, and our busiest mainline routes are inspected more frequently. Norfolk Southern follows track inspection schedules that comply with and in many cases exceed FRA standards.
Inspections are supplemented by a track geometry car that uses lasers, mechanical devices, and computers to measure track conditions, and ultrasound equipment that scans rail internally.
Our Operations Control Center in Atlanta continuously monitors weather conditions that could affect rail operations. During extremely hot and cold weather, inspections may take place daily until temperatures moderate.
Learn about NS’ track inspection process in the fact sheet, Safe Tracks, Safe Towns, or watch our track inspectors on the job in this video.
Bridges: Safety is priority No. 1 when it comes to the design, construction, and maintenance of Norfolk Southern’s railroad bridges. With nearly 10,000 bridges that span more than 300 miles, the railroad makes significant investments to keep each safe for employees and the public. Learn how NS inspects and maintains bridges in this video and infographic, Railroad Bridges: More Than Meets The Eye.