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Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby Chessie8638 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:36 pm

NORFOLK, Va. — To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Norfolk & Western/Southern merger in 1982, Norfolk Southern plans to honor many of the railroads that make up the present day NS system. As Union Pacific did a half-decade ago, NS plans to create a fleet of heritage locomotives, though NS’s plans are bigger: 18 units honoring a wide variety of predecessor roads.

The locomotives will be 10 SD70ACes on order from EMD that are being constructed at its Muncie, Ind., plant, and eight ES44ACs from an upcoming order for 25 units from GE. While EMD will paint all 10 heritage units in-house, NS forces will paint the eight GEs. The railroad’s Altoona, Pa., shop will paint five, while the Chattanooga, Tenn., shop will handle three heritage units.

The 18 predecessor railroads selected for heritage paint are:

• Central of Georgia
• Conrail
• Erie
• Erie Lackawanna
• Lehigh Valley (red)
• New Haven (not definite yet)
• New York Central
• Nickel Plate Road
• Norfolk & Western (blue)
• Penn Central
• Pennsylvania (Tuscan Red)
• Pittsburgh & West Virginia
• Reading
• Savannah & Atlanta
• Southern
• Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia
• Virginian
• Wabash

NS plans to recreate the paint schemes as accurately as possible. By contrast, UP used the old railroads’ logos and colors, but created new interpretations on the old liveries.

SOURCE: http://trn.trains.com/en/Railroad%20New ... fleet.aspx
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby SCLALINE » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:47 pm

NICE, i know on NS facebook page this had been heavily suggested, NS is still a fairly railfan friendly company
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby imnew » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:31 pm

This is great news. Its good to see more class 1 railroads honoring fallen flags.
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby micaelcorleone » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:11 pm

Just wanted to post the great news here. *!greengrin!*

That's just great and so much various schemes. !*brav*!
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby NDORFN » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:14 pm

This is going to be SWEET! !*YAAA*!
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby mapitts » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:09 pm

The main reason this is all happening (as well as a kind of "rebirth" of the the steam program) is that after the merger in 1982, N&W management took control of the entire NS corporation. It has taken some years to get them out so to speak, and they are being replaced with the old Southern Railway guard. Holy smoke! A TAG 6 axle!! I hope all of the old Southern family locomotives are painted in their original livery and not just the Tuxedo black, which I hope the Southern one will be done in. The TAG and the C of G had very attractive paint schemes.
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby 1225fan5358 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:05 pm

i heard they will NOT be es44s but ARE SD70M-2S BEING PAINTED IN WISCONSIN CURRENTLY !**conf**!
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby shicoe30 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:52 am

1225fan5358 wrote:i heard they will NOT be es44s but ARE SD70M-2S BEING PAINTED IN WISCONSIN CURRENTLY !**conf**!


I wouldn't doubt the location of painting. WSOR's Horicon Paint shop does incredible work, take UP heritage units as an example of their work. Might head out there to check things out come next weekend. Will letcha know if I see anything.
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby railbard » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:08 am

In Muncie? Really?!

My girlfriend is the fill nurse (she fills in on weekends when the two regular nurses are both off) at the GM plant there. Not that she gets to see what they are working on, but still! *!!wink!!*
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby Chessie8638 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:48 pm

1225fan5358 wrote:i heard they will NOT be es44s but ARE SD70M-2S BEING PAINTED IN WISCONSIN CURRENTLY !**conf**!

shicoe30 wrote:I wouldn't doubt the location of painting. WSOR's Horicon Paint shop does incredible work, take UP heritage units as an example of their work. Might head out there to check things out come next weekend. Will letcha know if I see anything.


EMD is painting all the units in shop. Altoona is painting 5 GE's and Chattanooga is painting 3. Delivery date, sometime this Spring 2012.

- SD70ACe :

Savannah & Atlanta.
Pittsburgh & West Virginia.
Penn Central.
Reading.
Erie.
Erie Lackawanna.
Virginian.
1960`s Norfolk Southern.
New York Central.
Wabash.

- ES44AC :

Conrail
N&W (Blue).
Pennsy (Tuscan Red).
Lehigh Valley (Cornell Red or 'Snow Bird').
Nickle Plate Road.
Southern Green (E8 Style).
Tennessee Alabama & Georgia.
Central of Georgia.

They won't be getting special numbers like UP's IE: 1989, 1995, etc. The EMD's will be part of the 1065-1074 number series and the GE's will be part of 8091-8115 series.
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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby Chessie8638 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:52 pm

It's Official: Some paint schemes have been removed and replaced with others (as suggested by railfans).
NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 18 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors.
Since the 1820s, hundreds of railroad companies were built, merged, reorganized, and consolidated into what eventually became Norfolk Southern, itself created from the consolidation of Southern Railway and Norfolk and Western Railway in 1982. In 1999, Norfolk Southern expanded the scope of its heritage with its acquisition of a portion of Conrail. The heritage locomotives will represent most of the railroads that played significant roles in Norfolk Southern’s history. The first units will be delivered in March, and all units are expected to be riding the rails by June 1, Norfolk Southern’s 30th anniversary date.
“The heritage locomotives reflect the pride we take in our long and colorful history,” said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. “As they travel through our system, these state-of-the-art units in vintage livery will serve as reminders to our customers, employees, and communities that the modern rail network that keeps America competitive today and into the future has deep roots in the nation’s past.”
Each paint scheme will be modified to fit contemporary locomotives while staying as true as possible to the original designs. Norfolk Southern employees in Altoona, Pa., and Chattanooga, Tenn., will paint GE ES44AC locomotives, while the EMD SD70ACe units will be painted at Progress Rail Services’ facility in Muncie, Ind. The heritage locomotives will be used to haul freight across Norfolk Southern’s 20,000-mile, 22-state network.
The predecessor companies to be represented are listed below. In parentheses are the respective roads each became part of (NW=Norfolk & Western, SR=Southern, CR=Conrail) and the make of locomotives to be painted. Images of the color schemes are available on Norfolk Southern’s web site.

Central of Georgia Railway (SR, GE) was formed in 1833 to connect Macon, Ga., with Savannah, completing a rail link between Chattanooga and the port. It was famed for two passenger trains named after prize-winning race horses, the Nancy Hanks and the Man O’ War.

Central Railroad of New Jersey (CR, EMD) was the first American railroad to have its employees wear uniforms, and in 1892 one of its locomotives set a world speed record of 105 mph.

Conrail (GE) was created by the U.S. government in 1976 from the bankrupt Penn Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Erie Lackawanna, Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Reading and Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, becoming the largest railroad at the time, with 34,000 route miles.

Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (CR, EMD) was created in 1849 to connect the rich anthracite coalfields of the Lackawanna Valley of Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey. A hurricane in 1955 knocked the railroad out of operation for a month, with the resulting financial difficulties forcing it to merge with the Erie Railroad in 1960 to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Erie Railroad (CR, EMD) was key to economic development along the Southern Tier, which includes Binghamton and Elmira, N.Y. In 1851, Secretary of State Daniel Webster was strapped to a rocking chair on an open flatcar, wrapped in a blanket and clutching a bottle of rum, so he could ride the just-completed railroad.

Illinois Terminal Railroad (NW, EMD) began life as the Illinois Traction System in 1896 as an interurban electric railroad in central and southern Illinois. Hit by the Great Depression, it was reorganized as the
Illinois Terminal in 1937 and attempted to survive as a passenger railroad until relinquishing that business in 1956, when it was acquired by a consortium of railroads. It was operated as a freight railroad until acquired by NW in 1982.

Interstate Railroad (SR, GE) was incorporated in 1896 to serve southwestern Virginia coalfields. Despite its name, it operated entirely within Virginia. It was acquired by Southern in 1961.

Lehigh Valley Railroad (CR, GE) was built to haul coal, replacing water transport down the Lehigh River, and was also known as the Route of the Black Diamond.

New York Central Railroad (CR, EMD) was organized from 10 roads paralleling the Erie Canal between Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and became known as the “Water Level Route.” Today, the former NYC line between Cleveland and Chicago is the busiest on the NS system, with more than 100 freight trains daily.

New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (NW, GE) was commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, a moniker it acquired when the Norwalk (Ohio) Chronicle referred to it in 1881 as “the great New York and St. Louis double track, nickel plated railroad,” supposedly indicative of its solid financial backing.

Norfolk Southern Railway (SR, EMD) (not to be confused with today’s Norfolk Southern) was a line serving southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, chartered in 1883 and acquired by Southern Railway in 1974.

Norfolk & Western Railway (GE) originated as City Point Railroad, a 9-mile road between Petersburg and City Point, Va., in 1836. Following numerous mergers and acquisitions, it became the Norfolk & Western in 1881.

Pennsylvania Railroad (CR, GE), incorporated in 1846, billed itself as the “Standard Railroad of the World” and was for many years the largest American railroad by tonnage and revenues. PRR opened the Horseshoe Curve railroad engineering marvel; carried President Lincoln to his inauguration; implemented the “line and staff” organizational structure used by business today; built Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan; and electrified the route between New York and Washington, among its many achievements.

Reading Company (CR, EMD) was one of the first railroads built in America, and built its fortune hauling coal. It featured the first iron railroad bridge in America.

Savannah & Atlanta Railway (SR, EMD), began life as the Brinson Railway in 1906, slowly expanding from Savannah toward the Northwest. It was consolidated with other small railroads to become the
Savannah & Atlanta in 1917. Central of Georgia bought the S&A in 1951.

Southern Railway (GE) originated as the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company in 1827. It put into service the nation’s first regularly scheduled steam passenger service on Christmas Day, 1830, with the locomotive “The Best Friend of Charleston.” The Southern was incorporated in 1894 from the reorganization and consolidation of numerous predecessors and absorbed another 68 railroad companies over the next six years.

Virginian Railway (NW, EMD) was the only railroad created through the capital and credit of one man, oil magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers. After building a short line, the Deepwater Railway, to haul coal out of West Virginia and then being blocked by the bigger railroads, he created another railroad, the Tidewater Railway, to reach Norfolk, Va., then combined the two into the Virginian in 1907. It was acquired by N&W in 1959.

Wabash Railroad (NW, EMD) was formed in 1877 and served the mid-central U.S. It was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1927 and leased to Norfolk & Western in 1960. In 1991, N&W, by then part of Norfolk Southern, purchased the Wabash outright. Made famous by the 1904 song “Wabash Cannonball,” there was in fact no such train by that name until 1949.


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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby g_nash » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:57 pm

Nice concepts !!*ok*!!

Interstate and Illinois Terminal added , just does not get any better !*drool*! !*YAAA*!

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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby railbard » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:17 am

I cannot WAIT to see a modern diesel in Illinois Terminal lime green!!!

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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby shicoe30 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:12 pm

So....yeah. Pretty sure this is legit. If not, sorry folks.

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Re: Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Unread postby SCLALINE » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:58 am

it is legit, from NS Corp and Penn Central has been Added as well

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