Norfolk Southern names Atlanta rail welding plant in honor of late engineering
ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2012
ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --At a dedication ceremony here Nov. 10,
Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC)named its rail welding facility after the late
Hubert L. Rose, who retired from Norfolk Southern as senior assistant vice
president maintenance of way and structures and planning in 1991, after a
43-year career with the company.
Rose, who died in January 2012, headed the railroad's maintenance of way group
for 15 years, during which he led the railroad in its transition from laying
jointed rail, which uses bolts to connect 39- or 78–foot sections of track, to
installing continuous welded rail, in which 1,440-foot sections of rail are
welded together to form one continuous track. Continuous welded rail is
stronger, provides a smoother ride, needs less maintenance, and allows trains
to travel at higher speeds.
A native of Kenly, N.C., Rose graduated from North Carolina State University
and in 1948 joined Southern Railway as a surveyor. In 1971, he was named
chief engineer, and in 1976, he was promoted to assistant vice president of
maintenance of way and structures, the position he held until his retirement.
At the dedication, NS CEO Wick Moorman said, "Hubert Rose was an industry
leader in the maintenance of rail infrastructure, and he is the person most
identified with helping Norfolk Southern take advantage of the benefits of
continuous welded rail, saving millions of dollars in maintenance costs and
preventing derailments. Putting his name on the building is a fitting
thank-you on behalf of our employees and friends everywhere."
Since opening in 1958, the Atlanta rail fabrication plant has been
manufacturing railroad track for Norfolk Southern. The complex stretches over
30 acres and includes plants for rail welding, rail renewal, switch panels,
track panels, and rail reclamation. The rail welding and rewelding plants turn
out new quarter-mile strands of rail for use on mainline tracks and
reconditioned rail for use on secondary lines and industrial sidings.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation
companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately
20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every
major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient
connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most
extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal
and industrial products.
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