Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) is a U.S. railroad shipping company. The most important commodity transported by NSC is coal, which accounted for 29% of NSC's $8 billion in 2009 total revenue. The largest commodities after coal are intermodal containers, agricultural products such as corn, cars, and consumer products. Its principal subsidiary is wholly-owned Norfolk Southern Railway Company, and it also has joint ownership (along with CSX (CSX)) of Consolidated Rail Corporation. Altogether, it has a network of 21,000 miles of track throughout 22 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. NSC earned a net income of $1.03 billion in 2009.
In 2009, 105 million tons of freight, or approximately 65% of total general merchandise tonnage transported by NSC came from online orders. As more and more customers are able to easily transport as well as track their orders online, this could prove to become an important area of growth for NSC.(Read more at Wikinvest )