Be Watching for a Blue Nose NS Locomotive

NS blue

If you see an approaching Norfolk Southern train and the lead unit appears to have a blue nose, there is nothing wrong with your eyes.

NS recently released two DC to AC conversion locomotives and both are painted in a blue and gray livery.

Nos. 4000 and 4001 wear a special paint scheme that is designed to designate the units as prototypes for the DC to AC conversion program.

Both units were built by GE in 1995 as standard-cab D9-40Cs, NS Nos. 8799 and 8879, respectively.

While being rebuilt this year, the locomotives were converted to AC traction, received wide cabs, and were re-designated as AC44C6Ms.

Both are slated to enter revenue service soon and will be available for duty anywhere in the NS system.

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