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Norfolk Southern heritage: then and now

Norfolk Southern celebrates its 30th anniversary by rolling out locomotives in heritage paint. Find out what the predecessor railroads' paint schemes looked like in this exclusive photo gallery, fusing NS's past with its present

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Top, photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern Corp.; bottom, Robert Palmer photo
Top: The first NS heritage unit, ES44AC No. 8098, poses in Conrail blue at Altoona Shops on March 15, 2012.

Bottom: Conrail SD50 6702, GP40-2 3220, and an unidentified GE lead a Philadelphia-to-Bethlehem iron ore train out of Black Rock Tunnel near Phoenixville, Pa., in 1984. The first Conrail locomotive to wear this scheme, GP40 3091, rolled out of the Collinwood, Ohio, paint shop seven weeks after CR’s April 1, 1976, formation. Conrail kept this look until the road was split between Norfolk Southern and CSX in 1999, adding a white frame stripe in 1990 and the word QUALITY to the nose and sides in 1991.
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