In 2012, to greatly help observe their 30th Anniversary, Norfolk Southern announced that 20 of their new locomotives would be painted to observe the annals of their railroad, and adorn color schemes of their “heritage” railroads, precursor railroads that through mergers and acquisitions became what we all know today as Norfolk Southern.
Without every railroad that has been a precursor to today’s railroad was involved, a wide variety was involved to provide a full, exact representation of the railroad’s past.
The style originated in an attract Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman and the NS Board of Directors by railfan and artist Andy Fletcher. Andy designed the color schemes for the locomotives by matching them as strongly to the schemes utilized by first and 2nd generation diesels run by the predecessors. Because the shape and size of today’s locomotives are dramatically distinctive from those previously, some artistic certificate was taken while outstanding as true as you possibly can to the initial scheme.
Two classes of new locomotives were useful for the History program. ES44AC locomotives, built by Basic Electrical, were painted by Norfolk Southern Employees at often their Altoona, Pennsylvania or Chattanooga, Tennessee shops. The residual type, EMD SD70ACe, were painted at Development Train Services’ ability in Muncie, Indiana.
The first unit, Conrail 8098, folded out of the Altoona stores on March 15, 2012, and the past anyone to be painted, Lackawanna 1074, folded out of Muncie on July 27th.
Once the ultimate locomotive was completed, it was just with time for a grand celebration planned by Norfolk Southern – a collecting of 20 locomotives in one single area for a “family portrait.” This celebration needed place on July 4th at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC.
“This is actually the first and possibly just opportunity we’ll really need to get each one of these locomotives together in one single place at once,” claimed Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. “We’re proud of the position railroads perform in keeping the country’s economy powerful, and July 4 is definitely an opportune time and energy to highlight that history of support and safety.” Business-wise, it was also an opportune time as the main product these locomotives were ordered for, carrying coal, has a “business vacation” over the July 4th holiday.
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The museum was a perfect setting for this kind of event. Located on the former site of the Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops, a steam locomotive servicing ability of certainly one of NS’s precursor railroads, the ability features a roundhouse with turntable big enough to accommodate most of the History Fleet at once, making for a true “family portrait.”
A few of the History units have been applied together with different community relations type of activities, such as the Pennsylvania unit being shown at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for the “Pennsy Days” week-end, and also conference up with a particular excursion train at Enola Garden on July 16th, drawn by way of a “real” history unit, Bennett Levin’s restored ex-PRR E8’s. Many History engines were also applied last summer together with Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam Program, applied behind the steam locomotive as “defend energy,” in the event of a breakdown with the steam engine.