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 21 member railroads operating in the State of North Carolina. This number includes 19 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

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

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

Secretary/Treasurer
PAUL BARNES - Contact pbarnes@aberdeen-rockfish.com
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad

Executive Director
MICHELLE HOLLOWELL - Contact director@ncrailways.org

Statistics

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

RANC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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

The Railway Association of North Carolina invites all of those who support and work in the rail industry, economic developers, and elected officials to attend our Annual Conference.  Some of the topics that will be discussed at the meeting portion are current legislative issues, grants, the importance of rail to NC's future & the necessary support and expansion needed, economic studies and new industries, emergency response, as well as the national outlook on the rail industry.  We will be having our opening Dinner Reception at the river, a tour of Vertex and conclude our conference with our much anticipated golf tournament at Magnolia Greens golf course.  If you're wanting to increase your networking within the rail industry, particularily in NC, you don't want to miss this event!  

We will be staying at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.  We have a special rate of $129/night for reservations made by April 13th.  Please click on link to make your hotel reservation.  Hilton Wilmington Reservations - RANC Conference 2016

For those not wanting to register online, you may fill out the registration form and mail it with your check to RANC, P.O. Box 141, Randleman, NC 27317. Registration-Form

Conference Schedule:

  • Sunday- Opening Receiption and Dinner 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Monday- Meetings 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Vertex Tour (TBA)
  • Tuesday- 8:30 am Golf Tournament

For questions please contact Michelle Hollowell at 336-799-4049 or director@ncrailways.org

News

Welcome New Members!   

Heather Anckner with Rockwood Steel! Rockwood Steel is a full service Rail Management Consulting Firm. We bring expert talent to Short Line Railroads nationwide. Rockwood Steel offers custom services to meet each Shortline Railroad's needs. From Financial Planning and Analysis to a full range of Commercial and Operational Services, we have you covered. Expertise you can afford when you need it the most.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members. 

Michael Keasling with Vertex RailCar Corporation! Vertex RailCar Corporation is a manufacturer of freight railcars/wagons.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Bob Helton with R J Corman Railroad Group! R J Corman Railroad Group operates a group of railroad and railroad related services companies.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Dr. Martin Khane with University of North Carolina at Charlotte! The Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte is a national leader in academic and research programs related to the many elements energy production, distribution, and markets.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Chris Doyle with Independent Machine Co Inc.! Serving the Railroad industry since 1975. We are a complete steel fabrication facility in the traction motor gear cases, Pilot snow plans, wear plates, custom steel fabrications...and more!.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Eddie Horton with Stella-Jones Corporation! Stella-Jones is a leading North American manufacturer of pressure treated products.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Mr. James Kessler with HEPACO! HEPACO is a high quality environmental and emergency response contractor dedicated to excellence in environmental cleanup.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Mike Wallace with Progressive Environmental Services Inc.! Progressive Environmental Services Inc..  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.

Derrick Kilgore with Muse Railroad Materials, LLC! Muse is a family oriented business that has been supplying railroad materials to the Southeast for 28+ years.  For more information, please see them under Property Management, under Associate Members.