Norfolk Southern: 38 conductors laid off due to coal decline

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Norfolk Southern Corp. says it has laid off 38 conductors in response to declining coal shipments.

The Roanoke Times reports the company also said Monday that it has suspended training for seven conductor trainees during the past three weeks.

Railroad spokeswoman Susan Terpay said the conductors were furloughed and are subjected to being called back to work.

Terpay says further details about the conductor trainees, including whether they lost their jobs or merely lost training opportunities, weren’t available.

The newspaper reports coal revenue fell during the third quarter of 2015 by 23 percent from the same period of 2014. The railroad said it had taken about 300 miles of track primarily used for coal out of service.

Norfolk Southern bases its Virginia Division in Roanoke.

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