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Is the Southern heritage unit being repaired after its derailment in October and will it stay in the Southern paint scheme?

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Is the Southern heritage unit being repaired after its derailment in October and will it stay in the Southern paint scheme?
Posted by TIMOTHY RUMPH on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 11:17 AM

The top about says it all.

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Posted by Leo_Ames on Thursday, February 10, 2022 7:46 PM

Unit isn't fatally damaged. It was relatively minor, but it's going to be some time before she comes back out. 

Altoona's severely slimmed down workforce is stretched pretty thin just keeping locomotives running, doing 25 DC-to-AC rebuilds a year, and the SD40-3 program. 

Fixing what's damaged on this locomotive that derailed and ended on its side will I bet take a year or more in-between their routine work. As for what it will be painted as when she's returned to service, time will tell. Nobody knows. 

But given that it's the Southern heritage locomotive, I think there's reason to be optimistic that she'll retain these colors.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, February 11, 2022 9:55 PM

Leo_Ames
But given that it's the Southern heritage locomotive, I think there's reason to be optimistic that she'll retain these colors.

I hope you're right, but honestly I wouldn't be surprised if and when the Heritage units go in for major overhauling they come out in basic NS black.  

Simply put, the people running NS now aren't railfans and could care less about entertaining railfans, or anyone else for that matter. 

"Heritage?  What's that?  And how does it increase the profit margin?"

Hey, railroading's a business.  I understand that.

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, February 12, 2022 11:31 AM

I have frankly wondered about using passenger colors on freight engines in the first place... not that I don't enjoy them there, and I look forward to seeing the Belle scheme adopted on some of the CPKC Ltd. locomotives assigned 'south of the border'... Wink

It would be easy to adopt the best Southern freight paint scheme (which is black and white except for an easy gold stripe) -- if we had no trouble getting 4935 repainted, why would the Heritage unit be any more difficult to find volunteers for, or print paint masks or wrap panels to do the painting... 

Just sayin... Whistling

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Posted by SD70Dude on Saturday, February 12, 2022 11:51 AM

If the frame isn't damaged the unit will likely get rebuilt, unless they decide to use it as a parts source instead. 

NS actually did two units in the Southern black/white/gold freight colours, the Savannah & Atlanta SD70ACe and this high short hood SD40, which was later donated to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

https://www.tvrail.com/equipment/southern-railway-3170/

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, February 12, 2022 11:54 AM

I always liked how you could still make out the gold stripe on old ex-SOU engines. 

  

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