Norfolk Southern Business Locomotive #4271

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Wed Nov 25 16:08:33 EST 2009


It's an F9, one part of an A-B-B-A set which generally travels together.
I'm sure others will comment on the history and origins of the 4
locomotives, as they are not originally Southern or N&W. The road
numbers pick up after the last of the Southern F units, I believe.

There are LOTS of pictures all over the internet if these infernal beasts.

As for modeling, an Athearn F7 is pretty close, especially if you can
get one of the sets they released in NS paint. As far as I know, there
are no decals available for these engines. The colors are standard
Southern tuxedo - black, imitation aluminum (very light gray) and duluxe
gold (yellow). The exact paint match is a hotly debated topic among
Southern circles, much like the "perfect" tuscan red is here.

Kenneth Rickman

NW Modeling List wrote:

> Mailing list:

> What is the class number of NS's #4271? E-'something'?

> Are they used in pairs, A-A (coupled tail to tail?) or A-B?

> In the case of MU, does the 'set' have one engine number or different

> numbers?

> Are there more images available?

> Is more information available in one of the Society Books?



> Modeling list:

> What HO scale model(s) is a good starting point for this locomotive?

> [Ducking for cover as I ask this] What are the colors and what paints

> could you recommend?


> (image attached)


> Dave Willis

> (blt 1962, c/n 4)


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