Our Mission

The Railway Association of North Carolina (RANC) is a group of regional freight railroads, two Class I railroads and railroad-oriented suppliers operating in North Carolina. RANC promotes the benefits of freight rail to local, state and federal legislators and to the general public as a safer, more environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and cost-effective mode of transportation that helps to remove truck traffic from congested highways and promotes economic development.

About Us

The Railway Association of North Carolina consists of 19 member railroads operating in the State of North Carolina. This number includes 17 regional railroads and two Class I railroads. We also have approximately 70 associate members, servicing our rail industry, who are our valued vendors and suppliers. Our Annual Conference is the largest of our quarterly meetings, which is held in late spring. We recommend attending this conference as many contacts are made.

The Association takes a pro-active approach in dealing with current legislation and other issues concerning the rail industry in our state and nationwide. The Railway Association of North Carolina is a forum for our members to come together and share events and information to help promote the rail industry in our state.

The categorized directory consists of our Associate Members, which the Railroad members use when placing bids for services and supplies.

For further information or to join our association, please contact Michelle Hollowell at director@ncrailways.org. We look forward to hearing form you!

Executive Board

CARL HOLLOWELL - Contact generalmanager@acwr.com
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Co.

TODD BURCHETTE - Contact yvrr@triad.twcbc.com
Yadkin Valley Railroad

JAMIE ROWE - Contact jamie.rowe@gwrr.com
North Carolina & Virginia Railroad

Executive Director
MICHELLE HOLLOWELL - Contact director@ncrailways.org


Please take a look to see how Railroad Service is affecting North Carolina
NC Railroad Statistics (2007)


2014 Annual Conference

Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Charlotte, NC
May 14-16, 2014

     Once again, our Annual Conference was a huge success! We appreciate the information that we received by our super speakers, and the friendships that were made and strengthened. A HUGE THANK-YOU to all of our generous sponsors, who enable us to put on such a great event! We appreciate you and value our relationship with you and your company.
     Congratulations to our Golf winners! 1st place went to: Matt Gedney, Kenton Richardson, Jamie Skipper, and Donald Arant. 2nd place went to Greg Smith and Ricky Knox. Our Longest Drive went to Julie Yates and our Closest to the Pin went to John Spencer. Many thanks to all of you who participated and provided prizes and sponsorships for this fun annual tournament! I'm already looking forward to next year!
     I also want to thank our Volunteers, Patti Eder, Nancy Mahoney, Darrell McGuire, and Mary Horton who make my job so much easier and less stressful! Our 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE will be held May 17-20 at Pinehurst! We look foward to seeing you all once again at the Carolina!

Our 2014 SPONSORS:

GOLD: Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Co., HDR Engineering, Inc., Midsouth Railroad Services, & Norfolk Southern
SILVER: A&K Railroad Materials, Cranemasters, Genesee & Wyoming, McRail Insurance, & Progress Rail
BRONZE: Appalachian Timber, Atlantic Track & Turnout, Birmingham Rail & Locomotive, Carolina Coastal Railway, Century Group, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Gulf & Ohio Railways, Hatch & Kirk, Koppers, LB Foster, Millberg Gordon & Stewart, Pride Contracting, Railsoft Systems, & Railworks.
GOLF: Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad, Acme Wood Preserving, Aon, CSX, & Western Branch Diesel.


Welcome New Members!   

Joe Scheide, with Lincoln Transportation Insurance Brokers!  They offer full service programs designed exclusively for the railroads and railroad related industries.  For more information, see them under Associate Members, Insurance.

Doug Barber, with Patrick Engineering,Inc!  They are a nationwide engineering, design and project maangement firm capable of handling a variety of complex infrastructure projects.  For more information, see them under Associate Members, Engineering.

Rob Spaulding, with Leotek Electronics!  They are a global pioneer in light-emitting diode technology.  They manufacture innovative LED lighting products for traffic, rail, transit, & general illumination, including LED grade crssing flasher modules.  For more information, please click on Signals, under Associate Members.

James Byrd and Eric Wainwright, with Pride Contracting, Inc!  Headquartered in Wilson, NC, they specialize in right of way maintenance and vegetation control, as well as removal and disposal of cross ties, trees, etc.  For more information, please click on Associate Members, Vegetation control to see the list of all they do.

Join our Association!

We welcome New Associate Members! 

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