Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad

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CA #2158 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Reporting mark CA
Locale Chesapeake, Virginia to Edenton, North Carolina
Dates of operation 1990
Predecessor Norfolk Southern Railroad
Length 68 miles (109 km)
Headquarters Ahoskie, North Carolina

The Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad( reporting mark CA) is a short-line railroad that operates 68 miles (109 km) [1] of track from Chesapeake, Virginia to Edenton, North Carolina.

Reporting mark alphabetic code ID used on the North American railroad network

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The railroad was originally part of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, which continued south, crossing the Albemarle Sound and on to Mackeys Ferry and Plymouth. The current railroad began operations in 1990, was acquired by RailAmerica in 2000, [1] and subsequently acquired by the Genesee & Wyoming.

RailAmerica company

RailAmerica, Inc., based in Jacksonville, Florida, was a holding company of a number of short-line railroads and regional railroads in the United States and Canada.

Genesee & Wyoming American short-line railroad holding company

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C&A interchanges with both Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation, and the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad.

Norfolk Southern Railway American Class I railway (1990–)

The Norfolk Southern Railway is a Class I railroad in the United States. With headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the company operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia, and has rights in Canada over the Albany to Montréal route, and previously on CN from Buffalo to St. Thomas. NS is responsible for maintaining 26,300 miles, with the remainder being operated under trackage rights from other parties responsible for maintenance. The most common commodity hauled on the railway is coal from mines in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The railway also offers the largest intermodal network in eastern North America.

CSX Transportation railway system in the United States of America

CSX Transportation is a Class I railroad operating in the eastern United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The railroad operates approximately 21,000 route miles (34,000 km) of track. The company operates as a subsidiary of CSX Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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The railroad's traffic comes mainly from stone and chemical products. The CA hauled around 3,300 carloads in 2008. [1]

The railroad was fined around $15,100 for a spill of diesel fuel in August 2010 after a derailment on 26 March 2010 spilled around 1,000 US gallons (3,800 l) of fuel into the Intracoastal Waterway. [2]

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The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a 3,000-mile (4,800 km) inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, running from Boston, Massachusetts, southward along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, Texas. Some sections of the waterway consist of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and sounds, while others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea.

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  1. 1 2 3 "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing. June 2010.
  2. "RailAmerica short line to pay Virginia for fuel spill". Trains Magazine. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010.

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