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Next up on May 21 at Muncie was NS 1066


in New York Central lightning stripes, fol- lowed on May 23 by No. 1067 in the Reading Company’s green and yellow “Bee Line” scheme. NS picked up a good deal of ex-NYC trackage west of Cleveland in the Conrail breakup, while the Reading is part of the im- portant route across Pennsylvania to Philadel- phia and North Jersey.On May 25 No. 1068 emerged in Erie Railroad two-tone green. The NS Southern Tier route between Buffalo and Binghamton, N.Y., is ex-Erie. The locomotives were held at the plant for


testing until the NYC and S&A units were in- terchanged to NS in early June, and then on June 5 NS No. 1069 emerged dressed in Virgin- ian Railway black and yellow. VGN was Nor- folk & Western’s first modern era acquisition, having been acquired in 1958. VGN paralleled much of the N&W between the coalfields and ports and had more favorable grades. Yet to come from EMD at press time were


NS 1070 in Wabash blue, white, and gray; NS 1071 in Jersey Central blue and orange; NS 1072 in Illinois Terminal green and yellow; NS 1073 in Penn Central black; and NS 1074 in Delaware, Lackawanna & Western gray, yel- low, and maroon. In addition, several previous releases had


their paint and lettering tweaked a bit. The number font on Nickel Plate Road ES44AC No. 8100 was changed to a more accurate style, and the “NS” initials were moved to the side of the nose where the NKP located its “NYC&St.L” initials. Lehigh Valley ES44AC No. 8104 was released from Altoona with a plain red nose and returned to have LV’s dis- tinctive black and white safety striping added to the nose in June, along with LV’s typical or- ange handrails. The logos on Reading SD70ACe No. 1067 may be modified slightly to more accurately render the originals. (Our photo shows the unit as it appeared fresh out of the shop.) You’ll be able to see and photograph all 20


units on July 3 and 4 when they are gathered at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. Admission tickets will be re- quired, which can be purchased at nctrans.org., and a separately ticketed night photo session will be held each evening. Next month, we’ll show you the last batch of


NS heritage units along with a variety of im- ages from the big bash at Spencer. And then it will be “back to our regularly scheduled pro- gramming.” — WALT LANKENAU


New York State Will Dispose of Defunct Turboliners


THE STATE OF NEW YORK announced on June 1, 2012 that it plans to “dispose” of its four re- maining unrebuilt Rohr RTL Turboliners, which have been stored at an industrial park in Glenville, N.Y. (above) since the program to rebuild them for Amtrak’s Empire Service was scut- tled in 2005. Also on the block is a warehouse full of brand-new replacement parts which include gas turbine engines, generators, seats, and wheels. Built in 1976 by Rohr Industries, three trains were rebuilt by Super Steel Schenectady and briefly returned to service in 2003. They were soon retired by Amtrak due to inadequate air conditioning systems and other issues including high op- erating costs due to their fuel-guzzling gas turbine power plants. The three refurbished sets are currently stored and offered for sale by Amtrak at Bear, Del. While scrapping is the likely outcome for New York’s trains, if not the spare parts, Manhattan mural artist Alex Gardega proposes to re- purpose the cars into art galleries and trendy restaurants. The state says it will review any offers.


New Strasburg Rail Road Overpass Wins Design Award


THIS HANDSOME PRECAST CONCRETE ARCH BRIDGE replaced a smaller, older steel beam overpass across the “Pumpkinville Turnpike,” a farmer’s lane on private property just east of the Strasburg, Penn., yard. It was built during a 15-day work window last winter and garnered a Short Bridge award for Larson Design Group from the Association for Bridge Construction and Design. The new span is twice as wide as the old one and overhead clearance has been increased by three feet. The old bridge was replaced due to the railroad’s steadily increasing freight busi- ness at the Strasburg team track and can support today’s heavily loaded freight cars.


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DEAN SPLITTGERBER


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