YourToyTrains, Model Trains website has learned an interesting story from local news reports on the 100 year flooding South Carolina has recently experienced. Of course Norfolk Southern Railway is one of the two major railroads that serve the Palmetto State, and the flooding had a serious impact on Norfolk Southern's operations.
One impact was the NS route from Greenville/Spartanburg through Columbia to Charleston was closed due to flood damage. As it turns out, BMW has a major automobile manufacturing plant in Greer, South Carolina (Greenville/ Spartanburg area) which exports 70% of its production through the Port of Charleston via Norfolk Southern Railway.
While the rail route is closed- and you can better believe Norfolk Southern is working hard to restore service- the automobiles will be shipping by truck. However, the bigger story is Norfolk Southern was apparently an important reason BMW chose South Carolina, and the railroad is providing a critical service vital to the South Carolina economy. Wow! That is very cool for a 19th Century industry just getting started!
Photo: Norfolk Southern Railway autorack unit train rolling through Mineola, Texas, at track speed. South Carolina produced automobiles? Maybe.
Source: See entire article at: Charleston Regional Business Journal