Norfolk Southern rail bridge collapses in Missouri flooding

By Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist, Freight Waves; October 3, 2019

A railroad bridge used by Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) has collapsed into the Grand River in Missouri.

According to the Railway Track and Structures (RT&S) website, Norfolk Southern has suspended service in Missouri between Moberly and Kansas City. The bridge and track weight capacity on this stretch is 286,000 pounds. The Class 1 railroad issued a service alert saying that it is “working with our interline partners to detour freight traffic over alternative gateways. Customers with traffic operating to and from the Kansas City area should expect a 48- to 72-hour delay.”

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