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NS rings in 175th anniversary

(The Roanoke Times posted the following article on its website on December 12.)

NORFOLK, Va. -- Norfolk Southern Corp.'s 175th anniversary was observed at the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Monday, with NS Chairman David Goode saying few other companies can match the length of its history.

With a replica of the first American-built steam engine displayed on the street in front of the exchange, president and chief executive officer Wick Moorman said "the spirit of innovation of alive and kicking at Norfolk Southern."

The original engine, named "The Best Friend of Charleston," dates to Christmas Day 1830 when the NS' earliest predecessor launched the first regularly scheduled passenger service in the United States.

The train, owned by the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Co., carried 140 passengers on its first run.

Now owned by the city of Charleston, S.C., the "Best Friend" will be displayed at NS headquarters in Norfolk on Thursday and Friday while on its way back to Charleston.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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