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Norfolk Southern Heritage: The Hits Just Keep on Coming


ARTWORK: ANDY FLETCHER/NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP.


FOUR MORE NORFOLK SOUTHERN her- itage units rolled out of the company shops in April, completing the nine-unit General Elec- tric contingent and leaving fans eagerly await- ing the ten SD70ACe’s that were abuilding at the new EMD assembly plant in Muncie, Ind. The EMD’s were expected to begin arriving in mid to late May. Previously released heritage units included ES44AC’s 8098 (Conrail), 8099 (Southern Railway) 8100 (Nickel Plate Road), 8101 (Central of Georgia), and 8103 (Norfolk & Western), all pictured on pages 20-21 of the June issue. However, on May 4 the railroad announced yet another addition to the fleet: the Monongahela (artwork above), which will be done in-house on ES44AC No. 8115. This brings the total to 20 units, split evenly be- tween GE and EMD. ES44AC No. 8105 rolled out of the Chat- tanooga, Tenn., paint shop on April 19 decked out in the orange, cream, and gray colors de- signed by Alco for the ten RS3s of the Inter- state Railroad, a far-southwestern Virginia coal hauling short line that was folded into the Southern Railway system in 1960. The Inter- state is probably the smallest component of the NS system to be represented in the heritage fleet. No. 8105 trailed on a mine run on the for- mer Interstate Pardee Branch near Roaring Fork Junction, Va., on April 29 (above right). Then on April 18 the former Pennsylvania Railroad Juniata shop in Altoona, Penn., re- leased No. 8102 in an adaptation of PRR’s pas- senger scheme of Tuscan red with imitation gold pinstripes (opposite bottom, south- bound on the Lurgan line at Greencastle,


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Penn. on April 27). The Pennsy and New York Central merged to form Penn Central in 1968 and became part of Conrail in 1976. “Lehigh Valley” ES44AC No. 8104 rolled out


of Juniata on April 23 wearing one of LV’s later, and more standardized, schemes of Cor- nell red with imitation gold billboard lettering. No. 8104’s paint and lettering most closely re- sembles that which was applied to GP39AC’s 310-313. On May 5, No. 8104 led westbound coal train 776 from Conway Yard at Wood in- terlocking at Homewood, Penn. (top). The Val- ley was known for its wide variety of paint schemes which were most often based on Cor- nell red in honor of the on-line university, but also included gray and yellow on a dozen Alco C420s and white and black on a batch of


C628s. The Lehigh Valley was folded into Con- rail in 1976. Until Norfolk Southern announced that it


would paint a unit for the Monongahela, the final General Electric unit to receive heritage paint was No. 8114, which was outshopped at Chattanooga on April 24 wearing the red, black, and yellow colors that had been applied upon delivery to the Baldwin hood units of the “original” Norfolk Southern. The Norfolk Southern Railway operated between Norfolk, Va., and Raleigh, N.C., and was absorbed by the Southern in 1974. Running on former In- terstate trackage, No. 8114 shoved bad or- dered empties under the abandoned Cumber- land Collieries loader at Norton, Va., on April 30 (opposite top). — WALT LANKENAU


DAVID BAER


ERIC MILLER


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