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CSX Heritage Loco?
Posted by FRRYKid on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:18 AM

On a BNSF eastbound train Monday afternoon (Southeastern Montana), I saw a locomotive that was painted in the old Southern Railroad scheme. It was a dark green with "Southern" in yellow block lettering. Given that CSX was formed by the merger of the Chessie System and the Southern Railroad (Chessie, Southern, X(cross) hence CSX), I know that is a fallen flag scheme. Given I was painting my house at the time I didn't get a picture of it. Am I correct that this is a heritage unit and what type of unit is this?

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Posted by Leo_Ames on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2:36 AM

The Southern Railway is actually represented by the Southern name in today's Norfolk Southern. They merged with the Norfolk & Western in I believe 1982 to become the present day Norfolk Southern system.

The S in CSX is for Seaboard Coast Line Industries, the holding company that owned what was known at the time as the Family Lines System (The combined Seaboard Coast Line, L&N, and Clinchfield system).

It sounds like you saw one of Norfolk Southern's heritage locomotives. Given that you clearly saw the name and color (So we know it wasn't their Savannah & Atlanta heritage unit in Southern's black tuxedo paint scheme), it would've been ES44AC #8099 (their Southern Railway unit).

http://www.nsdash9.com/heritage.html

A tracking site for Norfolk Southern's heritage fleet shows this particular unit departed Vancouver Washington on the 28th heading for Pasco Montana, which certainly seems to fit with your sighting.

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Posted by FRRYKid on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:12 AM

Leo_Ames

The Southern Railway is actually represented by the Southern name in today's Norfolk Southern. They merged with the Norfolk & Western in I believe 1982 to become the present day Norfolk Southern system.

The S in CSX is for Seaboard Coast Line Industries, the holding company that owned what was known at the time as the Family Lines System (The combined Seaboard Coast Line, L&N, and Clinchfield system).

Oops - Sign Eastern railroads are not my area of knowledge.

Leo_Ames

It sounds like you saw one of Norfolk Southern's heritage locomotives. Given that you clearly saw the name and color (So we know it wasn't their Savannah & Atlanta heritage unit in Southern's black tuxedo paint scheme), it would've been ES44AC #8099 (their Southern Railway unit).

http://www.nsdash9.com/heritage.html

A tracking site for Norfolk Southern's heritage fleet shows this particular unit departed Vancouver Washington on the 28th heading for Pasco Montana, which certainly seems to fit with your sighting. 

Thank you for clarifying what I was looking at. I didn't think I would see that particular scheme up here.

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Posted by NHTX on Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:54 AM

     In today's railroading  you never  know what you are going to see where.  Nobody's power stays home, especially the big roads such as CSX, NS, KCS, BNSF, UP, CP, CN and FNM.  The need to travel to see "foreign" power is gone.  Go to the nearest "main line" and get comfortable.  It will come to you.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:44 AM

Yep.  We've had Mexican units show up in several places across Canada, and a couple of CP's heritage units have found their way down to Mexico (apparently CP wasn't happy when they found out, being worried about vandalism).   UP's CNW heritage unit spent a couple weeks in northwestern Alberta repaying horsepower hours last year.  

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Posted by FRRYKid on Thursday, June 3, 2021 2:24 AM

NHTX

Go to the nearest "main line" and get comfortable.   

I actually live about a block from the BNSF ex-BN exx-NP mainline, so I get to see or hear trains quite frequently.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:13 AM

Last week I got pictures of Ferromex 4053 and CP 8617 plus some NS power at Clyde on the same day.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul

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