NS Announcement - Official Details
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March 1, 2012
Norfolk Southern celebrates colorful heritage with historic paint
NORFOLK, VA. - Norfolk Southern is honoring its predecessor railroads
during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 18 new locomotives
in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those
Since the 1820s, hundreds of railroad companies were built, merged,
reorganized, and consolidated into what eventually became Norfolk
Southern, itself created from the consolidation of Southern Railway
and Norfolk and Western Railway in 1982. In 1999, Norfolk Southern
expanded the scope of its heritage with its acquisition of a portion
of Conrail. The heritage locomotives will represent most of the
railroads that played significant roles in Norfolk Southern's
history. The first units will be delivered in March, and all units
are expected to be riding the rails by June 1, Norfolk Southern's 30th
"The heritage locomotives reflect the pride we take in our long and
colorful history," said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. "As they
travel through our system, these state-of-the-art units in vintage
livery will serve as reminders to our customers, employees, and
communities that the modern rail network that keeps America
competitive today and into the future has deep roots in the nation's
Each paint scheme will be modified to fit contemporary locomotives
while staying as true as possible to the original designs. Norfolk
Southern employees in Altoona, Pa., and Chattanooga, Tenn., will
paint GE ES44AC locomotives, while the EMD SD70ACe units will be
painted at Progress Rail Services' facility in Muncie, Ind. The
heritage locomotives will be used to haul freight across Norfolk
Southern's 20,000-mile, 22-state network.
The predecessor companies to be represented are listed below. In
parentheses are the respective roads each became part of (NW=Norfolk
& Western, SR=Southern, CR=Conrail) and the make of locomotives to be
painted. Images of the color schemes are available on Norfolk <http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/images/heritage_images.html>
Southern's web site<http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/images/heritage_images.html>.
Central of Georgia Railway (SR, GE) was formed in 1833 to connect
Macon, Ga., with Savannah, completing a rail link between Chattanooga
and the port. It was famed for two passenger trains named after
prize-winning race horses, the Nancy Hanks and the Man O' War.
* Central Railroad of New Jersey (CR, EMD) was the first American
railroad to have its employees wear uniforms, and in 1892 one of its
locomotives set a world speed record of 105 mph.
* Conrail (GE) was created by the U.S. government in 1976 from the
bankrupt Penn Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Erie Lackawanna,
Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Reading and
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, becoming the largest railroad at
the time, with 34,000 route miles.
* Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (CR, EMD) was created in 1849
to connect the rich anthracite coalfields of the Lackawanna Valley of
Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey. A hurricane in 1955 knocked the
railroad out of operation for a month, with the resulting financial
difficulties forcing it to merge with the Erie Railroad in 1960 to
form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
* Erie Railroad (CR, EMD) was key to economic development along
the Southern Tier, which includes Binghamton and Elmira, N.Y. In
1851, Secretary of State Daniel Webster was strapped to a rocking
chair on an open flatcar, wrapped in a blanket and clutching a bottle
of rum, so he could ride the just-completed railroad.
* Illinois Terminal Railroad (NW, EMD) began life as the Illinois
Traction System in 1896 as an interurban electric railroad in central
and southern Illinois. Hit by the Great Depression, it was
reorganized as the Illinois Terminal in 1937 and attempted to survive
as a passenger railroad until relinquishing that business in 1956,
when it was acquired by a consortium of railroads. It was operated as
a freight railroad until acquired by NW in 1982.
* Interstate Railroad (SR, GE) was incorporated in 1896 to serve
southwestern Virginia coalfields. Despite its name, it operated
entirely within Virginia. It was acquired by Southern in 1961.
* Lehigh Valley Railroad (CR, GE) was built to haul coal,
replacing water transport down the Lehigh River, and was also known
as the Route of the Black Diamond.
* New York Central Railroad (CR, EMD) was organized from 10 roads
paralleling the Erie Canal between Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and
became known as the "Water Level Route." Today, the former NYC line
between Cleveland and Chicago is the busiest on the NS system, with
more than 100 freight trains daily.
* New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (NW, GE) was commonly
referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, a moniker it acquired when the
Norwalk (Ohio) Chronicle referred to it in 1881 as "the great New
York and St. Louis double track, nickel plated railroad," supposedly
indicative of its solid financial backing.
* Norfolk Southern Railway (SR, EMD) (not to be confused with
today's Norfolk Southern) was a line serving southeast Virginia and
northeast North Carolina, chartered in 1883 and acquired by Southern
Railway in 1974.
* Norfolk & Western Railway (GE) originated as City Point
Railroad, a 9-mile road between Petersburg and City Point, Va., in
1836. Following numerous mergers and acquisitions, it became the
Norfolk & Western in 1881.
* Pennsylvania Railroad (CR, GE), incorporated in 1846, billed
itself as the "Standard Railroad of the World" and was for many years
the largest American railroad by tonnage and revenues. PRR opened the
Horseshoe Curve railroad engineering marvel; carried President
Lincoln to his inauguration; implemented the "line and staff"
organizational structure used by business today; built Pennsylvania
Station in Manhattan; and electrified the route between New York and
Washington, among its many achievements.
* Reading Company (CR, EMD) was one of the first railroads built
in America, and built its fortune hauling coal. It featured the first
iron railroad bridge in America.
* Savannah & Atlanta Railway (SR, EMD), began life as the Brinson
Railway in 1906, slowly expanding from Savannah toward the Northwest.
It was consolidated with other small railroads to become the Savannah
& Atlanta in 1917. Central of Georgia bought the S&A in 1951.
* Southern Railway (GE) originated as the South Carolina Canal and
Rail Road Company in 1827. It put into service the nation's first
regularly scheduled steam passenger service on Christmas Day, 1830,
with the locomotive "The Best Friend of Charleston." The Southern was
incorporated in 1894 from the reorganization and consolidation of
numerous predecessors and absorbed another 68 railroad companies over
the next six years.
* Virginian Railway (NW, EMD) was the only railroad created
through the capital and credit of one man, oil magnate Henry
Huttleston Rogers. After building a short line, the Deepwater
Railway, to haul coal out of West Virginia and then being blocked by
the bigger railroads, he created another railroad, the Tidewater
Railway, to reach Norfolk, Va., then combined the two into the
Virginian in 1907. It was acquired by N&W in 1959.
* Wabash Railroad (NW, EMD) was formed in 1877 and served the mid-
central U.S. It was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1927 and
leased to Norfolk & Western in 1960. In 1991, N&W, by then part of
Norfolk Southern, purchased the Wabash outright. Made famous by the
1904 song "Wabash Cannonball," there was in fact no such train by
that name until 1949.
Norfolk Southern Corporation<http://phx.corporate-ir.net/Tearsheet.ashx?c=69040> is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles<http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/map.html> in 22 states and the
District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the
eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other
rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive
intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and
Ed Painter; Narrows, VA living in Russellville, AR (for 12 more months at which time I'll move to Dahlonega, GA)
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