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8/12/2005



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NS to expand grain shuttle program


Later this year, Norfolk Southern Railway will add three Georgia feed mills to its 75-car Mercury grain shuttle network.

The Class I began providing Mercury service in fall 2001 to provide customers "a more economical way to transport grain and soybeans from the Midwest to facilities across the system," according to NS’ August newsletter.

"A 75-car unit is the optimum train size for our network," said Pat Simonic, NS marking director of agricultural products. "It allows a train to operate from origin to destination without additional handling."

The 75-car shuttle will replace a 50-car unit NS has operated since 1989.


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