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David R. Goode (born 1941, Vinton, Virginia)[1] is the retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation (holding company engaged principally in surface transportation). Other directorships: Caterpillar Inc.; Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Georgia-Pacific Corporation; Norfolk Southern Railway, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. Goode has been a director of Caterpillar since 1993. He is also on the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines. He attended Duke University and Harvard Law School. He was chosen as the Railroader of the Year by industry trade journal Railway Age for 1998 and again in 2005.[2]

The Norfolk Southern office building in midtown Atlanta was named in his honor in 2005.[3]

He is also known for ending the original steam program in 1994.[4][5]


  1. ^ David R. Goode 1941— Biography - Trains as accountant and lawyer Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  2. ^ Virginia House of Delegates. "House Joint Resolution No. 930". February 24, 2005. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Norfolk Southern Corporation. "Norfolk Southern Names Atlanta Building for David R. Goode" (Press Release). September 27, 2005. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Wrinn 2000, p. 102.
  5. ^ Wrinn 2000, p. 107.


  • Wrinn, Jim (2000), Steam's Camelot: Southern and Norfolk Southern Excursions in Color (1st ed.), TLC Publishing, ISBN 1-883089-56-5

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Preceded by
Paul M. Tellier (CN)
Railroader of the Year
Succeeded by
Edward Burkhardt (WC)
Preceded by
Robert J. Ritchie (CP)
Railroader of the Year
Succeeded by
Richard F. Timmons (ASLRRA)