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Turn back the clock - railroad style

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This past summer, Norfolk Southern Railroad recognized its heritage by placing into service 30 new locomotives, each decked out in the livery of one of the defunct railroads that has been merged into the company that has become Norfolk Southern. Some of the designs had to be tweaked a little, because the brand-new locomotives are different in size and shape than the engines that were operating when these railroads were in existence. The 30 new locomotives started out together at NS's main railyard in Virginia, and have been placed into regular service. So if you live near a Norfolk Southern line, don't be surprised if you one day see a shiny new Wabash, Jersey Central or Lehigh Valley locomotive on the tracks.

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New Norfolk Southern locomotive in Wabash livery (right) next to an original Wabash diesel locomotive:

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New Norfolk Southern locomotive in PRR livery (left) alongside an original Pennsylvania diesel:

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That is a pretty awesome idea for Norfolk Southern.

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I'm a big believer in homage to the past. Awesome idea and execution by the railroad. If I had an engineer's cap, I'd tip it to them. :D

The only depressing part is when somebody does one and it's a scheme you were around to see when it wasn't retro.

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This locomotive is not one of Norfolk Southern's Heritage units. It is not a replica. So it is not applicable to this discussion.

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So that's what they were up to all that time!

I've run quite a few loads into NS's railyards, not to mention the facility in Roanoke where most of the freight cars are manufactured (Freightcar America, for you Blue Ridge denizens who've heard of it). Those locos look good.

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This locomotive is not one of Norfolk Southern's Heritage units. It is not a replica. So it is not applicable to this discussion.

Sorry man, I had to post it!

But adding to this topic, there are some really cool designs they're bringing out. Instead of just red and blue, they have some really unique color schemes that make a train look really good and not cookie cutter. A certain baseball league could learn from Norfolk Southern.

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That's all real nice about the Heritage trains -- But are you kididng me?? This video was NAILS! :lol:

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It is an "unusual" video to be sure. But it doesn't relate to the topic of the thread, and is actually very un-funny.

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I'm that guy, but with airliners.

And sometimes trains.

And occasionally ships.

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I'm an advocate of rail transit in general (except Amtrak beyond the northeast: that ship has sailed, to mix my transit metaphors), but I can't say I care about train livery in the slightest. Which is weird, because that's the kind of unimportant stuff I'm usually all about.

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IAIS (Iowa Interstate?) did something similar a year or so ago with a "Rock Island" themed engine. I'll have to see if I can find the story and photos. Throwback trains... cool idea.

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