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

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

We would like to thank all those who attended and participated in our Annual Conference this year!  We greatly appreciate the support of our members and enjoyed seeing you all!  We had great speakers and appreciate the material and information that was given to us.

The success of our conference is reflected largely by the support of our great sponsors!  Many of whom have been donating for numerous years. This year sponsors are: Platinum: Civil Works Construction & Mideast Railroad Services.  Gold: Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Co. & Midsouth Railroad Services.  Silver: Appalachian Timber Services, Atlantic Track & Turnout, Cranemasters, Genesee & Wyoming, & McRail.  Bronze- A&K Railroad Materials, Aon, CR Construction, Hatch & Kirk, Nordco, RTC/Railsoft Systems, & UNC Charlotte.  Thank-you so much for your generosity!

Our golf tournament was a lot of fun and successful! Fortunately the bad weather held off until shortly after we finished the tournament!  Thank-you to Darrell McGuire who put the teams together, and made sure that part went smoothly for me!  This year's winning team was Jeremiah White, Craig Wilson, and John Campanelli.  2nd place went to Eduardo Luckie, Rich Howell, Jim Patterson, & Jeff Cole.  Congratulations to all the winners and thank-you to all of those who participated!

Next year we will be returning to Pinehurst for our Annual Conference!  Please mark your calendars for May 21-23, 2017.  


Welcome New Members!   

Crystal B. McNeely with GHD! GHD provides environmental, industrial hygiene, water and waste water consulting services to both public and private sector clients ....and more!.  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.