Norfolk Southern announced today that it will cease regional railcar classification operations at its Roanoke Terminal hump yard in Roanoke, Va., effective immediately.
The terminal will continue to provide service to local customers and will be a hub for through-train operations.
The Roanoke hump operation has seen a decline in the volume of general merchandise cars handled by about 30% since 2006. At the same time, system-wide changes in the railroad’s operations have freed up network capacity, meaning classification operations performed at Roanoke are no longer necessary.
The geographical location and layout of the hump yard make it not only expensive, but redundant within the NS network, said Terry Evans, vice president of transportation, in a written statement.
The termination will eliminate about 140 jobs. Most of the affected positions are those of carmen, train crews and some track maintenance workers.