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The Norfolk Southern Railroad is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 20 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors.

Since the 1820s, hundreds of railroad companies were built, merged, reorganized, and consolidated into what eventually became Norfolk Southern, itself created from the consolidation of Southern Railway (SR) and Norfolk and Western Railway (NW) in 1982. In 1999, Norfolk Southern expanded the scope of its heritage with its acquisition of a portion of Conrail (CR). The heritage locomotives will represent most of the railroads that played significant roles in Norfolk Southernís history. The first unit, Conrail 8098, rolled out of Altoona, Pa., March 15. All units are expected to be riding the rails by the end of June.

Each paint scheme will be modified to fit contemporary locomotives while staying as true as possible to the original designs. Norfolk Southern employees in Altoona and Chattanooga, Tenn., will paint GE ES44AC locomotives, while the EMD SD70ACe units will be painted at Progress Rail Servicesí facility in Muncie, Ind. The heritage locomotives will be used to haul freight across Norfolk Southernís 20,000-mile, 22-state network.

With hundreds of predecessor railroads, the Norfolk Southern inevitably left out many fansí favorites. They are that they could not represent them all, and they hope you enjoy the ones that were chosen chose.

Please note: Because these locomotives are in the field daily hauling freight, the Norfolk Southern is unable to provide schedules or updates on their whereabouts.

In the year of it's 30th Anniversary, 2012, the Norfolk Southern held the "Norfolk Southern Heritage Event" where they announced and displayed the Heritage units to the world. Click on the link below to view a video of this important event:

Norfolk Southern Heritage Event.

A video showing the Heritage Units photographed from a spinning turntable and showing the various paint schemes for the finished units can be viewed on the Norfolk Southern web site by clicking here:

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