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In 1939 a premier U.S. railroad was defined as having operating revenues of at least $1 million annually but this figured changed to $3 million in 1956, $5 million in 1965, $10 million in 1976, $50 million in 1978, $250 million in 1993, and finally the current standard of $319.3 million

NS SD70ACe number 1111, dubbed the "bar code unit", leads intermodal train 237 through Chamblee, Georgia. 237 originates in Charleston, S.C., works the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, and terminates at Inman Yard in Atlanta, crossing the entire Piedmont Division in less than a day's time. www.nscorp.com

RailPictures.Net Photo: NS 1071 Norfolk Southern EMD SD70ACe at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Norfolk Southern Corp

RailPictures.Net Photo: NS 8114 Norfolk Southern GE ES44AC at Hammond, Indiana by Larry Amaloo

RailPictures.Net Photo: BNSF 7400 BNSF Railway GE ES44DC at Kansas City, Missouri by Nick Smith

RailPictures.Net Photo: KCS 4829 Kansas City Southern Railway GE ES44AC at Enola, Pennsylvania by Jacob Kempf

RailPictures.Net Photo: 7964 Union Pacific GE ES44AC at Greeley, Colorado by Nathan Zachman

RailPictures.Net Photo: BNSF 1049 BNSF Railway GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) at Abo Canyon, New Mexico by Joe Blackwell

RailPictures.Net Photo: NS 6902 Norfolk Southern EMD SD60E at Roanoke, Virginia by Norfolk Southern Corp

RailPictures.Net Photo: BNSF 6031 BNSF Railway GE ES44AC at Boughtonville, Ohio by BNSF ES44DC