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NEW NORFOLK SOUTHERN POLICE CENTER HAS TOLL-FREE NUMBER

 ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) has established a centralized railway police communication center here which is open on a 24-hour basis and is available by calling toll-free 1-800-453-2530.
 "We urge citizens in the 20 states we serve to use this number whenever something on our property needs correcting or warrants immediate attention," said Charles J. Brenner, assistant vice president-safety and protective services. "No matter what the crime or emergency may be, we want to find out about it and resolve it as soon as we possibly can.
 "We are anxious to know," he continued, "whenever a motor vehicle is stuck at a grade crossing, or a signal malfunctions, or a rail car is on fire or leaking. We also want to know about other problems, such as crossing collisions, trespassers, thefts, vandalism, and track washouts."
 Of Norfolk Southern's 270 railway police officers, seven are assigned to the communication center. "The primary reason for the center," Brenner said, "is to enable most of our officers to spend less time handling paperwork and answering the phone and a lot more time outside their offices resolving problems and protecting our property."
 Through the communication center, NS police officers have instant access to the National Crime Information Center and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, Brenner said. He added that the center would be capable of monitoring alarm and intrusion detection systems at NS facilities.
 Lewis A. Kellison Jr. has been appointed supervisor of the center. In addition to the 800 number, the center can be reached by dialing 703-981-5698, 703-981-5709, or 703-981-5772.
 Norfolk Southern operates trains on about 14,700 miles of mainline track in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Auman of Norfolk Southern, 703-981-5426/
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