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Rickenbacker Inland Port is serviced by two of the largest rail providers in the United States, Norfolk Southern and CSX. The majority of rail freight traveling to Columbus is international and has reached the Ohio Valley via the East and West Coast ocean ports.

The Norfolk Southern Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal, which is capable of handling more than 400,000 containers annually, is located in the heart of the Rickenbacker Inland Port. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is also a major transporter of coal and industrial products. Covering approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, Norfolk Southern serves every major container port in the eastern United States and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.

CSX Corporation provides traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers in Columbus and beyond. Overall, the CSX Transportation network encompasses about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.