Dec 29, 2021
Understanding Conrail with Brian
Gorton and Joe Lynch discuss
understanding Conrail. Brian is the President & Chief Operating
Officer of Conrail Shared
Assets, which serves as a contract local carrier and switching
company for its owners, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern
About Brian Gorton
Gorton joined Conrail in 1987 as a conductor. He advanced to
the position of Assistant Terminal Superintendent
before departing Conrail
prior to the CSXT and Norfolk Southern acquisition of Conrail in
1998. After his departure from Conrail, he worked at the Union
Pacific Railroad where he held various positions in the
Transportation Department including General Manager of
UP’s Houston and Gulf Coast Service Units. On April 19, 2021,
Brian rejoined Conrail and was appointed President & Chief
Operating Officer of Conrail Shared Assets headquartered in
Mount Laurel, New Jersey, bringing with him over 30 years of
railroad experience and expertise.
Conrail is an
American railroad company. It operates three networks—the North
Jersey, South Jersey/Philadelphia, and Detroit Shared Assets Areas,
where it serves as a contract local carrier and switching company
for its owners, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern
Railway. Customers located along Conrail's lines have
access to the national rail network through either
railway. As a local rail service provider, it's Conrail’s
job to make sure that customers' freight shipments
are safely and efficiently moved between their rail
sidings and the long-distance freight trains operated by
CSX and Norfolk Southern. CSX and Norfolk
Southern handle all commercial matters for customers.
However, Conrail plays a critical role in serving
shippers and receivers as a service provider for our
Key Takeaways: Understanding Conrail
Gorton is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Conrail Shared Assets, which serves as a
contract local carrier and switching company for its owners, CSX
Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway.
- In the podcast interview, Brian explains Conrail’s
capabilities, service area, history, operations, and the advantages
that rail brings to high-volume shippers.
- In the spring of 1997, Norfolk Southern Corporation
(NS) and CSX Corporation (CSX) agreed to acquire Conrail through a
joint stock purchase. CSX and NS split most of the Company’s assets
- The approved merger plan restructured Conrail into a Switching and Terminal
Railroad operating about 1,200 miles of track in three regional
areas. On June 1, 1999, Conrail began operating as a Switching and
Terminal Railroad for its owners, NS and CSX, in the three
geographical areas of Northern New Jersey, Southern New
Jersey/Philadelphia, and Detroit, Michigan.
- In 2007, it expanded its operations from Northern
New Jersey to Staten Island, New York.
- Advantages of rail transport:
- Cost effective. Shippers often save money by
switching from truck to rail.
- Sustainability. Rail transport is more
environmentally friendly and produces less greenhouse gas emissions
than over the road trucking.
- Great option for high-volume shippers. A
double-stacked train can move more freight than hundreds of
- Reliability. Trains run on a track and on a
schedule, so traffic and weather are seldom an issue.
- Access to capacity. Many shippers use rail as an
alternative to the driver and truck constrained over the road
- Intermodal shipping which utilizes rail transport
is often the most efficient transportation mode for shippers,
particularly high-volume shippers.
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