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Coal

Meeting local and global demands for energy

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Norfolk Southern is an expert in sourcing, blending, and moving the highest quality steam and metallurgical coal in the world. In fact, our Lamberts Point Pier 6 in Norfolk, Va., is the largest and fastest coal loading pier in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Transfer coal easily with our extensive fleet.

NS has more than 21,000 coal cars, including manual hoppers and gondolas for rotary dump service, high cubic capacity coke hoppers, and air-operated quick discharge hoppers. The oldest hoppers and gondolas are replaced when needed to provide only the most reliable equipment.

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Ship the finest metallurgical coal and high-Btu, low-sulfur steam coal.

NS moves coal from mines to domestic and international markets. Some loading facilities are inactive and not listed in the Mine Operations Directory, which will be updated as changes occur.  

See our Mine Operations Directory

Coal resources

NS serves transload facilities in Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, and works with coal operators and selling agents across the nation.

For customers’ convenience, NS offers coal resources, including an index with all of the origin stations, an index based on specific mine names and numbers, information on more than 20 anthracite coal operators NS works with, and information on approved freeze conditioning agents.

NS transload facilities