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Norfolk & Western Heritage

January 14th, 2009 · No Comments

After some thought on the matter the Piedmont Division (PD) will no longer feature the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad, but will added the Norfolk & Western (N&W) as it's replacement in the larger scheme. This change will be more fitting with the history of the initial formation of the Norfolk Southern (NS), which came out of the merger of the Southern (SOU) Railroad and Norfolk & Western in 1982. In adding the N&W as a replacement to the KCS I will emulate both rolling stock and motive power from the N&W heritage. All current KCS rolling stock that is in inventory will be saved for simulated through freight operations with the exception of passenger cars, however the motive power will be converted to either NS, SOU or Conrail heritage pieces.

With this decision to eliminate the KCS motive power comes a new project to convert them to NS and SOU road names. I have 7 pieces of KCS motive power units and all but 1 of them can be converted to either NS, SOU, Conrail or NW motive power. I will most likely strip the current paint schemes and re-paint them to NS and SOU schemes. The lone piece which will not be converted is the SD45T-2 unit, and since neither NS or SOU had tunnel units this one's fate is still yet to determined. Sell it? Keep it? Locobash it and make it a regular SD45? No decisions yet.

The 6 KCS pieces in inventory that will be converted are listed in the matrix below:

Make Model Road Name Road#
LLT Proto 2000 E6 A KCS 24
LLT Proto 2000 E6 A KCS 25
Athern GP40-2 KCS 4764
Athern SD40-2 KCS 670
Athern SD50 KCS 708
Athern SD50 KCS 710

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