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)


2015 Annual Conference

Carolina Hotel and Resort, Pinehurst, NC
May 17-19, 2015

   For our 2015 Annual Conference, we will be returning to Pinehurst, NC once again!  Besides great speakers, food, camardare and of course, superb golf, we will be dining Sunday evening aboard ACWR's Dinner Train once again!  A Sporting Clay tournament has been added to the agenda as well this year. Reservations at the Carolina Hotel can be made by calling our booking number at 888-615-3386.  You can register for the conference by DOWNLOADING THE FORM or through the Online Registration Form.  Click here for the AGENDA.  If you would like to sponsor this event, you can do so through the registration form or by contacting Michelle Hollowell at 336-799-4049 or director@ncrailways.org.  We look forward to seeing you all again in May!  Thanks for supporting RANC!!!


Welcome New Members!   

Blake Kelly, with Vossloh Signaling, Inc.!  They offer new & remanufactured mainline power switch machines, switch layout and associated rods, yard switch machines, broken rail detection and many other services.  To learn more about what they can do for you,  see them under Associate Members, Signaling.




Join our Association!

We welcome New Associate Members! 

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2011 Presentation

NC Railway System

2014 NC Railroad System Map

NCRailMap Directory Oct2014 Page 1

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