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Mon May 7 17:56:52 EDT 2012
Norfolk Southern adds Monongahela Railway to heritage locomotive
NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern added the Monongahela Railway to the
legacy railroads that the company is honoring with its 30th
anniversary heritage paint schemes, bringing to 20 the number of
predecessor roads to be so recognized.
The Monongahela Railway was created in 1901 as a joint venture of the
Pennsylvania Railroad and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad to
haul coal out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with its base of
operations in Brownsville, Penn. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
acquired a one-third stake in it in 1927. It was merged into Conrail
in 1993. The lines of the former Monongahela continue to serve a
vital coal-producing region today.
The locomotive will be a GE ES44AC equipped with electronically
controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes and dual mode distributed power,
important features for hauling unit coal trains.
Nine locomotives have been painted in predecessor livery thus far:
Central of Georgia Railway, Conrail, Interstate Railroad, Lehigh
Valley Railroad, Nickel Plate Road, old Norfolk Southern Railway,
Norfolk and Western Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad, and Southern
Railway. All 20 are expected to be delivered by the end of June,
Norfolk Southern Corporation's 30th anniversary month. These
locomotives are now roaming the Norfolk Southern system in revenue
P&WV and ACY???????
I've ask friends in NS about why there are no Akron Canton and Youngstown, and Pittsburgh and West Virginia units planned. I'm told that Heritage units are being done for only railroads that continue to have active line segments within today's Norfolk Southern system. Likely there will not be ACY and P&WV units despite the fact they were originally part of NS but were spun off to be part of the Wheeling and Lake Erie.
Ed Painter; Virginian and Native Appalachian American living in Russellville, AR
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