AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8827 times:
Norfolk Southern released their new EMD F9 locomotives for their first run today. They're painted in the old Southern Railway's traditional black, white, & gold livery. I like the way they recessed the ditch lights. The bottom photo shows Southern's livery from 50 years ago.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8780 times:
Hope they sound insulated the cab-older carbody locomotives suck when it comes to cab noise. Es and Fs are nice looking but I sure wouldn't want to draw one in summertime in the South-you'd bake to death in one. Unlike the hood units such as the GP/SD series, their cabs had very poor airflow-especially at low speeds. At least on units like the GP-7, you could lash the cab door open and get a nice breeze. I've done that too many times.
A little bit of trivia-Southern had a set of Fs that they kept for office car specials. I don't recall exactly what became of that group but they were active as late as 1986.Personally I think the black and gray isn't so hot-they'd have done better to have repainted the locomotives in the Southern passenger colors of green, gold and gray or the Tuscan Red and gold of the office car sets.
Quoting N229NW (Reply 3): Great livery too (NS liveries in general...)
They're better than they originally were. Seems to me that I recall that a number of NS (and former NS) engine and train men made unofficial modifications to the Thoroughbred for some time after the merger (ex-NW and SR folks).
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
"New" as in newly constructed or "new" as in "We found this F9 rusting somewhere so we immediately re-painted it and entered it into service as a one-off historic deal for all you train nuts so enjoy it you cheeky bastards"?
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
BMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8712 times:
Quoting AC773 (Reply 10): Now for all the rest of you: my first post in this thread was rather poorly worded, but I'd still like to know: Is this a new, off-the-assembly-line locomotive, or just a repainted and redone classic hauler?
Compare to a similar Norwegian locomotive, the Di-3 (Norwegian type name) which is very similar on the outside:
The picture of the Di-3 really takes me back. It is from the Oslo East station with its long, wooden platform, before they put the railroad in a tunnel under the city and renamed it to Oslo Centrral.
As you might notice, the Di-3 is double-ended and the roof is more rounded to fit through European Standard tunnels and it has 6-wheel trucks. They were built in Sweden by NOHAB. The power is still all GM.
Most of the Di-3s were scrapped, 2 or 3 of them still are used for emergency services as no other locomotive seems to have their capabilities, and I understand 4 of them were sent to Kosovo to help rebuild their rail-system.
"We all have a girl and her name is nostalgia" - Hemingway
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8519 times:
Here's a collection of the past two days' photos. Today, the trio of F locos and special GP38-2 hauled a charter train from Altoona, PA to the Master's Tournament in Augusta, GA. The train includes 15 former Norfolk & Western coaches and a special NS boxcar as a baggage car (full of golf clubs?).
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12320 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8498 times:
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Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 24): Most of the Di-3s were scrapped, 2 or 3 of them still are used for emergency services as no other locomotive seems to have their capabilities, and I understand 4 of them were sent to Kosovo to help rebuild their rail-system.