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Rail News: Intermodal

NS rolls out 48-foot trailer management program

Today, Norfolk Southern Railway is launching a Trailer Management Program (TMP) designed to increase trailer capacity for the fall peak.

In conjunction with GE Rail Services, the Class I will supply a fleet of NS-controlled 48-foot trailers — operating out of the railroad’s Chicago and Toledo, Ohio, terminals — for intermodal marketing company (IMC) customers.

TMP trailers will be available for outbound traffic from Chicago to Albany and Buffalo, N.Y.; Ayer, Mass.; Baltimore; Bethlehem, Morrisville, Rutherford and Taylor, Pa.; Croxton and Erail, N.J.; and Greensboro, N.C. Trailers also will be available for outbound traffic from Toledo to Ayer and Croxton.

IMC customers can reserve a TMP trailer from the available pool using NS’ online reservation system. The Class I will charge an empty return fee of $130 per trailer to cover the cost of returning equipment to Chicago or Toledo.

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