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Norfolk Southern to reopen Pennsylvania intermodal terminal

By | August 13, 2021

Greencastle facility, idle since 2019, will initially handle traffic to and from Memphis

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NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern will reopen an intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pa., to increase terminal capacity and address the supply-chain congestion that is leading to container delays across the U.S. rail system, the railroad has announced.

Norfolk Southern logoThe Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility, about 65 miles southwest of Harrisburg and 11 miles north of Hagerstown, Md., will began a gradual phase-in on Sept. 10, first handling traffic that currently moves between Memphis’ Rossville Intermodal Terminal and the Rutherford intermodal facility between Harrisburg and Hershey, Pa. A customer advisory indicates the first Greenville-Rossville train No. 201 will depart Sept. 13, with the first train No. 202 from Rossville arriving the same day.

With strong growth in volume driven by e-commerce and a recovering economy, we believe the timing is right to bring our Greencastle facility back online,” Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw said in a press release. “We are excited about the new opportunities that this reopening provides for us and for our business partners across Pennsylvania and beyond.”

The Greencastle terminal opened in January 2013, but was closed in 2019, with the railroad leaving open the possibility of reopening the facility if market conditions warranted.

Greenville has an estimated capacity of 100,000 lifts. The first phase of traffic is expected to generate about half that number.

3 thoughts on “Norfolk Southern to reopen Pennsylvania intermodal terminal

  1. Reading between the lines, it would appear that Harrisburg intermodal and Rutherford are nearing capacity. I never saw the wisdom of building Greencastle in the first place, but this just might justify it.

  2. If IM company cannot pick up their containers, why not store them somewhere that has excess capacity and charge fees accordingly. If I do not pick up my parcel at the post office, it gets sent back, eventually. I would think the Class I’s have this unused capacity that could be used to bring in some return. Cheers.

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