NS Conrail Heritage Unit Hits the Road

The old and the new are on display at Massilon on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern. (Photograph by Roger Durfee)

The first known operation of a Norfolk Southern 30th anniversary heritage locomotive occurred Tuesday afternoon in Northeast Ohio. Akron Railroad Club  member Roger Durfee managed to get off of work and school respectively to travel to Massillon to photograph the maiden operation of Conrail, oops, NS, No. 8098.

For its first revenue service assignment, No. 8098 helped pull a coal train.

In the first two images, the train is shown passing under the position light signals at MP PC 103 on the Fort Wayne Line in Canton. Roger then chased it to Massillon and caught it passing through the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad truss bridge. The super elevation is very evident in that first shot at Massillon.

Photographs by Roger Durfee





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One Response to “NS Conrail Heritage Unit Hits the Road”

  1. jake Says:

    Akron RR Club member Al Phillimore, who lives in Weilersville west of Orrville near the NS tracks, called me last night to report he had seen that train pass by with its new CR blue heritage unit on the point.

    Glad our two foamers caught the action.

    PS: Todd Dillon was at the Loop gathering tonight (Wed 3/21) in Sterling.

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