Rail Transportation

Efficient, reliable, world-class rail with an emphasis on service – one of Central Pennsylvania’s greatest unique competitive advantages for businesses!

Central Pennsylvania offers businesses a fast and reliable rail network, earning 100 percent customer satisfaction,* based on partners dedicated to helping businesses be productive. Central Pennsylvania’s rail system together with our free moving highway network provides rapid access to most major U.S. markets and nearly half the country’s population.

When you locate your business in Central Pennsylvania, you get rail service that the World Bank recognized as an international model. You also get the best of both worlds: remarkably adept, dependable, and locally managed personal rail service from one of America’s most innovative, award-winning, customer-focused short line operators, plus fast access to Norfolk Southern’s 22-state, 20,000-mile transportation network and connections to global shipping. In addition, a second Class 1 connection, with some limitations, is available with Canadian Pacific. This region is served by 200 miles of rail lines, owned by SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority and operated by the North Shore Railroad Company & Affiliates, that handle more than 30,000 carloads annually.

MapThanks to a unique public-private ownership approach, we can solve problems and meet specialized needs, like new sidings, far more quickly than most – something one customer told us puts us a tier above other regions in the country. In fact, everything we do is designed to keep your business moving and help you keep the cost of doing business to a minimum.



Central Pennsylvania has several rail served “shovel-ready” sites and existing buildings with direct access to highways.

Rail Served Sites and Buildings

Focus Central PA
Keeping you highly productive through rail service powered by a unique public-private partnership

“…GAF chose to build a second plant in the New Columbia area (Central Pennsylvania) because of what he calls a “talented workforce,” excellent rail service and proximity to an interstate highway and its customer base in the Northeast…”

Andy Hilton
Chief Communications Officer


“They [North Shore RR] do a great job for us and truly
go above and beyond my expectations. We have a great
relationship and any kind of issues or concerns are handled
immediately. Their communication is phenomenal.”

Matthew Smith
Regional Operations Manager
Arrow Material Services

Regional & Short line Rail Companies:

SEDA-COG North Shore

Rail service from North Shore Railroads and the SEDA-COG
Joint Rail Authority is a public-private partnership.

Operators of JVRR, NBER, LVRR, NSHR, SVRR & UCIR Railroads