I have read with considerable interest the postings on the subject of CSX Heritage Units and would like to weigh in with my thoughts.
I find the thought of CSX honoring their heritage by painting up a group of locomotives in predecessor schemes to be a great idea. Yes, it has already been done by others, but the PR upside seems to be well-worth the efforts. I am also an egalitarian, and think that more units are better than less. With that in mind, here is my list of railroads to be honored with CSX heritage units.
ACL, SAL, SBD, Family Lines System (yes, SBD and Family Lines system are close in appearance, but so what?), B & O, C & O, PM (using the Pere Marquette Streamliner passenger scheme from 1947. It was great on E7s and would look good on modern power too), Chessie System, WM (I can't decide between the classic black "fireball" scheme and the red, white & black scheme, so do both), L & N, Clinchfield, NYC, PRR, Penn Central (come on, you can't leave it out), Conrail (using the beautiful "White Face" Quality scheme from the SD-70ACs, and SD-80ACs), LV, RF & P, New Haven, NC & SL, Georgia, Atlanta & West Point, WRA, and of course CSX (with one unit painted up in each of the principal schemes used, i.e. "Stealth", blue & gray, "hockey stick", and "dark future".
To take things one step further, how about a train of freight cars, each painted in original predecessor schemes, with one car painted for each of the above named roads plus a CSX caboose. Let it tour the entire CSX system.
Tie it all together with the expanded motto "Celebrating Our Yesterdays to Enhance HOW TOMORROW MOVES". Tie it all in to B & O's 185 Anniversary if possible.
Great concept! You should be working for CSX!
To be consistent with their corporate identity the CSX management would most likely be putting the predecessor railroad's name or logo on the standard CSX paint scheme, which looks the most like the C&O/B&O era scheme.
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As of now, it would appear that CSX management has absolutely no interest in any kind of heritage program as they prefer t look forward, not back. The only sort of a nod to their heritage is on their interactive timeline. But other than a footnote, the company doesn't seem to want to commit money to any special paint jobs or restorations.
redwingTXjg wrote the following post at Tue, Nov 13 2012 11:48 AM:
"...I have read with considerable interest the postings on the subject of CSX Heritage Units and would like to weigh in with my thoughts.
I find the thought of CSX honoring their heritage by painting up a group of locomotives in predecessor schemes to be a great idea. Yes, it has already been done by others, but the PR upside seems to be well-worth the efforts. I am also an egalitarian, and think that more units are better than less. With that in mind, here is my list of railroads to be honored with CSX heritage units...."
Pardon My observation, but I think you are guilty of wishful thinking...Whistling past the graveyard, in a manner of speaking.
I think Andrew Falconer's comments on this Thread are a pretty rational, and reasonable assessment of the recent thinking at the upper levels of CSX... The place where a 'Heritage Fleet' idea would originate and then be funded. They (CSX Mgmt) seem to be strictly "businessmen', and devoid of any want for image makeover for their operation. Sort of like the direction of the conversation we had around here (on another Thread, recently) about railroad personnel, and their attitudes about working for the railroad...the only thing they seem to care about is their paycheck [ Mo' Money!, and have no feelings beyond that attitude, and no pride in anything job related.
Kind of a shame, but that seems to be the attitude fostered in many areas; at CSX.
We have a couple of individuals that post around here, from time to time that work for CSX. They seems to have a better attitude about their job and company, than most.
Nothing wrong with a strict focus on business...providing transportation services and making money. Heritage schemes are nice to look at but do they provide any kind of payback in terms of goodwill or revenue? It is also hard to get rate increases through when you're not seen to be doing everything possible to keep your costs down.
After the near-miss with the attempted takeover by a hedge fund, CSX is right to keep a strict focus on the bottom line. One also has to consider how much of a public relations impact that a heritage fleet will have beyond the railfan community.
As I stated in another CSX heritage thread, Norfolk Southern hit the ball out of the park with their heritage program and my guess is that CSX isn't interested in playing follow the leader with its rival. The concept would be nice, but CSX has other focuses right now.
Though I was disappointed in Union Pacific's selection of color schemes for the Katy and Western Pacific, they kept the program interesting enough for railfans to enjoy and the model manufacturers busy turing out new products in all scales. Norfolk Southern's reply to UP's Heritage Fleet has been overkilled to the point I am sick of seeing it spread all over the covers and contents of the magazines and even a special. I will save my money.
CSX and BNSF are too busy laying new track and replacing track that was ripped up to consider such a PR program at the moment. Replacing the S Line in Virginia and North Carolina on the CSX is a comittment towards the future and they certainly need to consider putting track back on the Atlantic Coast Line's Perry Cutoff in NW Florida to speed freight to and from an ever growing Tampa Bay area which includes the Port of Tampa.
Indeed, I would love to see purple and silver heritage units reflecting the proud history of the ACL and olive drab and yellow Seaboard units as well, but the users of rail service want on time performance and demand same in a 21st Century global economy and not some fancy diesel on the point of a container or coal train so railfans can shoot up more film!
CSX86FANIf Norfolk Southern did a heritage series for its 30th anniversary in 2012, then CSX should do one for its anniversary in 2016 or '17. However, I really don't think they should go overboard like NS did and paint a locomotive for ALL of its predecessors. Some of them may no longer have any of their trackage in operation on CSX.
That was one of the reasons that NS didn't do a New Haven heritage locomotive.
The next signifigant date in CSX history is 2027 - The Bi-Centenial of the founding of the B&O - the founding of for profit railroads in the USA.
The B&O had centenial exposition, The Fair of the Iron Horse, in 1927 to celebrate their first centenial.
Never too old to have a happy childhood!
Have CSXT employees spend the time and money to repaint all remaining and rusty cabooses or Shoving Platforms in their original paint schemes. That would be more economical.
All CSX has to do:
T1 in Chessie Yellow again.
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