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

GARLAND HORTON - Contact ghorton@aberdeen-rockfish.com
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad

ED THUM - Contact superintendent@acwr.com
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Co.

PAUL BARNES - Contact pbarnes@aberdeen-rockfish.com
Aberdeen & Rockfish 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)



Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Wilmington, NC
May 15-17, 2016

   In 2016 we will be heading to Wilmington NC to hold our Annual Conference.  Please make sure to add these dates to your calendar now.  More details to follow as we get closer.


Welcome New Members!   

Annie Richardson with Antea Group! Antea Group is an environmental, health & safety consulting firm with offices in the US and abroad.  Full service solutions to the Class I & II, and short line railroads and the supporting industries include transaction support, compliance management, remediation, and web-based information management.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.