N&W Blue

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
Thu Mar 17 07:58:23 EDT 2011

The SD-40's were delivered in blue prior to the SD-45's. I have a Vanishing
Vista's postcard in an old photo album upstairs. The card would have had
the photo date but it has been in that old album so long it would not lift
off the page.


Richard D. Shell
Troutville, VA

In a message dated 3/17/2011 6:45:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org writes:

Begging your pardon, Harold, but the SD35's were delivered in black. As
were the first C628"s. Maybe you are remembering the SD45's. They were
delivered in blue (but not in 1965). Jim Nichols

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Sent: Wed, March 16, 2011 10:55:12 AM
Subject: Re: N&W Blue

Bill: I have to disagree with you on this one. The day Mr. Fishwick
returned to Roanoke as President of the N&W he told Dick Dunlap to " Get rid of
that damn Wabash Blue".
The N&W-C&O merger plan had nothing to do with the N&W blue period. When
I first worked for the N&W in the summer of 1965 N&W was receiving SD35s in
Blue. I rode two brand new SD35s from Roanoke to Norfolk on #84 along with
an EMD rep. The engineer was concerned that we had too much tonnage to be
able to hold the train to the correct speed while decending the grade east
of Huddleston on the VGN. We had no problem and the SD 35s performed very
well. Harold
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