Top, photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern Corp.; bottom, Robert Palmer photo
Top: The first NS heritage unit, ES44AC No. 8098, poses in Conrail blue at Altoona Shops on March 15, 2012.
Bottom: Conrail SD60 6702, GP40-2 3220, and an unidentified GE lead a Philadelphia-to-Bethlehem iron ore train out of Black Rock Tunnel near Phoenixville, Pa., in 1984. The first Conrail locomotive to wear this scheme, GP40 3091, rolled out of the Collinwood, Ohio, paint shop seven weeks after CR’s April 1, 1976, formation. CR kept this look until the road was split between Norfolk Southern and CSX in 1999, although the word QUALITY was added earlier in the ’90s.