Rail Freight Services

Pitt County is served by two of the nation’s largest and most financially sound railroad systems – CSX Transportation Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway Company – as well as a local shortline railroad – Carolina Coastal Railway – which serves agricultural and industrial facilities in eastern North Carolina.

CSX provides rail transportation and distribution services over 21,000 route miles in 23 states in the east, midwest, and south, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Direct shipments can be handled from Greenville to Miami, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo, Montreal, and points in between without leaving the CSX system. CSX Transportation is a business unit of CSX Corporation and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Norfolk Southern Railway’s lines extend over 20,000 miles in twenty-two eastern US states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern Railway is wholly owned by Norfolk Southern Corporation which is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.

Carolina Coastal Railway (CLNA) operates a 142-mile line from Raleigh to Plymouth, NC and a 17-mile line between Belhaven and Pinetown, NC.  The lines are leased from Norfolk-Southern.  Connections are made at Raleigh and Chocowinity to the East Carolina Business Unit of Norfolk Southern Railway, at Wilson and Greenville to CSX Transportation, and at Belhaven to a barge facility.  In addition, CLNA provides the switching services at the Port of Morehead City, NC.

The rail systems operate trains seven days a week and provide daily switching. Special switching arrangements can be made. CSX bisects Pitt County, running north-south through Bethel, Greenville, Winterville, Ayden, and Grifton. CLNA runs east-west, serving Grimesland, Greenville, and Farmville. The two systems interconnect at Greenville.  For a map of the North Carolina rail system click here.

Van-On-Flat-Car (VOFC, TOFC, COFC, or “piggyback”) service is available on the CSX system in Charlotte (197 miles) or Portsmouth, VA (104 miles). TES Logistics in Greenville also handles VOFC freight.

Public Rail Siding:
CSX operates a public track in Greenville, N.C. for loading and unloading of rail cars. The siding can accommodate up to 10 cars and is located off Dickinson Avenue adjacent to the company’s freight depot. For more information contact: Customer Service Center at 1-800-327-5405.

For Additional Information Contact:

CSX Transportation
1610 Forest Ave., Suite 120
Richmond, VA 23229

Jim Van Derzee
(804) 226-7504
Regional Development Manager

Norfolk Southern Corporation
1500 Carson Street
Raleigh, NC 27608

Troy Akers
(919) 831-3092
Industrial Development Manager for North Carolina

Carolina Coastal Railway
116 N. Bellevue Ave., Suite 206
Langhorne, PA  19047

Douglas Golden
(215) 741-6007