Post Merger NW Reporting Marks

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Fri Apr 17 16:14:09 EDT 2015

Bruce and Larry  -
I can assure all that CSX was  the party to apply PRR to their former  
Conrail cars.  Norfolk Southern did not apply anything to the former  Conrail 
railcars they acquired in the merger.
Bill Browder
Moneta, Virginia
In a message dated 4/17/2015 2:58:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
nw-mailing-list at writes:

You are correct here . Even today PRR  is a Norfolk Southern  mark just 
like SOU,NW
NS owns all cars carrying that mark. Same with CSX and the NYC reporting  

Larry Evans

"There's the sun, there's the moon, there's the air we  breathe, and  
there's the Rolling Stones"  Keith  Richards

On Apr 17, 2015, at 9:19 AM, NW Mailing List <_nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org_ 
(mailto:nw-mailing-list at >  wrote:

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM,  

First developed when NS and CSX purchased Conrail and divided up the  
Conrail equipment.  In order to avoid duplicate reporting markings  with the 
Association of American Railroads (AAR) reporting system, it  was agreed that 
CSX would add PRR to the unique number of the equipment  they acquired.  NS 
would not add anything to the equipment they  acquired in the division of 
Conrail equipment they received in the  purchase.

​I thought that  because of the way Conrail had been divided, Norfolk 
Southern (which picked  up mostly former Pennsylvania RR lines) used the PRR 
reporting mark and CSX  (which received mostly former New York Central lines) 
used the NYC reporting  mark.​

Second, Norfolk Southern and its predecessor Southern Railway used  the sub 
lettering on their locomotives to visually identify ownership  under the 
Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) identification  standards.  They use to 
go further and have metal plates attached to  the locomotives and other 
equipment which identified the entity, normally  a bank, that had financed the 

​Equipment trusts  probably had a lot to do with how ​equipment was 
lettered and tracked during  and right after a merger.

Finally, I'm not sure that "Southern purchased the N&W,"  ever, although I 
always enjoyed telling everybody that, especially  after Ed Burwell sent me 
to the N&W coal piers at Lamberts Point and I  had to relearn all the 
operating and safety rules for the  N&W!

​I don't know if  the Southern Railway still exists as a corporation, but 
the Norfolk &  Western Railway was terminated as a company when it was fully 
merged into  the Norfolk Southern Railway Company in 1998. See  for the report from the Surface 
Transportation Board.

Bruce in  Blacksburg

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