Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad

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Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad
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NPBL EMD GP38-2 number 5260 at Elm Avenue crossing in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Reporting mark NPBL
Locale Chesapeake, Virginia to Portsmouth, Virginia
Dates of operation 1898 (1898)
Headquarters Norfolk, Virginia
Website Official website

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad (reporting mark NPBL) is a class III railroad operating in southern Virginia.

The NPBL serves Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake and has been operating since 1898.[1] The NPBL is owned fifty-seven percent by Norfolk Southern Railway and forty-three percent by CSX Transportation.[2]

The NPBL interchanges with; Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad, CSX Transportation, Bay Coast Railroad (formerly the Eastern Shore Railroad), and Norfolk Southern. The NPBL is a terminal switching company that owns 36 miles (58 km) of track, (plus 27 miles (43 km) of trackage rights) and links commerce around the deepwater port from Sewells Point to Portsmouth Marine Terminal, including the Southern Branch Elizabeth River.[2]

Currently all Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line locomotives are provided by Norfolk Southern Corporation. EMD GP38-2 number 5260 was painted in a commemorative scheme in 2013.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moomaw, W. Hugh (1998). Virginia's Belt Line Railroad: The Norfolk & Portsmouth, 1898-1997. Hallmark Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 0965375927. 
  2. ^ a b "History | Norfolk Portsmouth Belt Line Rail Road". www.npblrr.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals". Progressive Railroading. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Photo Gallery | Norfolk Portsmouth Belt Line Rail Road". www.npblrr.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line EMD GP38-2 #5260 at south end of Berkley Yard in City of Chesapeake, Virginia; November, 2015. Photographer: David E. George III
1948 map of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad.
1948 N&PBL (Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad) map showing railroad system and major customers in City of Norfolk, City of Portsmouth, Norfolk County/Incorporated Town of South Norfolk (now Chesapeake), Virginia.