Norfolk Southern: 38 conductors laid off due to coal decline

FILE - This Oct. 23, 2014, file photo shows a Norfolk Southern locomotive on Chicago's south side. Canadian Pacific has revised its takeover bid for Norfolk Southern, saying that it should ease fears that the railroad deal would be shot down by regulators. Norfolk Southern Corp. rejected the initial bid, saying it was grossly inadequate and risky. It said Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, that the new offer was more uncertain and risky, in part because there was less cash consideration. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1PJUo68) 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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