Norfolk Southern Operation Lifesaver safety train aims to save lives around trains and railroad property

 Norfolk Southern Operation Lifesaver safety train aims to save lives around
                         trains and railroad property

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, June 2, 2014

ATLANTA, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Peach State Whistle-Stop Safety
Train this week starts a 327-mile tour from the heart of South Georgia to the
carpet capital of the world, calling attention to highway-rail safety and
trespasser awareness.

The Norfolk Southern Operation Lifesaver safety train aims to raise public
awareness about being safe and alert around railroad property and highway-rail
grade crossings.

The train, stopping in nine cities from Valdosta to Dalton in three days, is
operated by Norfolk Southern Railway and Operation Lifesaver to raise public
awareness about being safe and alert around railroad property and highway-rail
grade crossings.

The whistle-stop safety train begins Tuesday, June 3, the sixth annual
observance of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, at Valdosta,
traveling to Warner Robins with a stopover at Tifton. Wednesday, June 4, the
train departs Macon for Jonesboro, with a stop at Barnesville. On Thursday,
June 5, the train travels from Atlanta to Dalton, stopping at Rockmart.

Invited passengers include state, county and municipal elected leaders, state
and local transportation officials, law enforcement officers and emergency
responders, school transportation directors, trucking officials, media, and
others who have a vested interest in public safety.

"Our goal is to save lives," said William Miller, Norfolk Southern manager
grade crossing safety. "Car-train crashes and casualties caused by trespassing
on railroad property are preventable, and we want to remind Georgians to be
safe around highway-rail grade crossings and other railroad property."

In 2013, 96 vehicle-train collisions in Georgia resulted in 13 fatalities and
63 injuries. Fifteen people died and 21 people suffered serious injuries while
trespassing on railroad property. Nationally, 1,193 people died or were
injured seriously in highway-rail grade crossing incidents, and 908 were
killed or injured while walking on or near railroad tracks.

"Georgia historically ranks in the top 10 states nationally for vehicle-train
collisions and trespass incidents because of the high volume of train and
vehicular traffic and the large number of crossings, nearly 8,000," said
Jennie Glasgow, Operation Lifesaver state coordinator. The state has one of
the most extensive freight rail networks in the U.S., with 5,000 miles of
track. "It is imperative that we remind citizens continuously of the inherent
dangers of trying to beat a train at a crossing or otherwise trespassing by
taking shortcuts on railroad tracks."

The safety train includes two vintage passenger railroad cars restored by
Norfolk Southern and outfitted with television monitors showing a live video
feed from a camera mounted on the lead locomotive. Passengers see firsthand
what engineers see every day from locomotives pulling thousands of tons of
freight, keeping Georgia's economy thriving.

The train, powered by two locomotives painted with the Operation Lifesaver
logo, also includes the Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car and an NS research car.
The Exhibit Car showcases the benefits of rail freight transportation. The
research car is a mobile laboratory equipped with computers that continuously
acquire and analyze data and monitor track conditions and locomotive
performance en route.

The Georgia train is one of four safety whistle-stops Norfolk Southern will
operate across 1,569 miles of railroad, stopping in 41 cities in 10 states.
June 9-13, the Appalachian train will operate from Cleveland, Tenn., to
Lynchburg, Va. The Keystone train will operate from Harrington, Del., to
Latrobe, Pa., June 23-16. The Great Midwest whistle-stop will travel from
Monroe, Mich., to Moberly, Mo., July 7-11.

Operation Lifesaver ( is a national nonprofit safety organization
whose mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade
crossings and along railroad rights of way. Its new campaign, "See Tracks?
Think Train," is featured in Georgia radio and TV spots and on billboards.
Georgia Operation Lifesaver ( was formed in 1974 and
celebrates its 40^th anniversary this year.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company 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, automotive, and industrial products.

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Contact: Georgia Operation Lifesaver contact: Jennie Glasgow, 770-393-2711
(; Norfolk Southern contacts: (Media) Rick Harris,
404-529-2310 (, (Investors) Katie Cook, 757-629-2861
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