Associated Press

GREER - Top state and federal leaders say South Carolina's new inland port near Greer is not only good for the economy, it's good for the environment and is saving wear and tear on the state's infrastructure.

Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited the inland port Friday along with congressmen Jeff Duncan and Trey Gowdy.

Wick Moorman, the president and CEO of Norfolk Southern, arrived with officials from the South Carolina Ports Authority on a vintage train with a locomotive and passenger cars dating to the mid-20th century.

The inland port that opened last year provides a direct rail link between the Upstate and South Carolina's coastal port terminals.

During its first year of operation, it's expected to eliminate 25,000 trucks traveling busy Interstate 26 across the state.