A locomotive pained in Chessie System colors that is thought to be bound for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has emerged from a CSX shop in West Virginia.
The museum has thus far declined to comment on reports that the repainted unit will be added to its collection.
Given its proximity to the GE Transportation locomotive assembly plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, the museum has sought to preserve several GE-built engines.
Trains said it is the first time that a Chessie locomotive has been painted at the Huntington shops in more than 30 years.
Huntington was once a division headquarters for the C&O.
No. 8272 was built in January 1980 and retired more than six years ago. It was removed from a dead line in Cumberland, Maryland, and transported to Huntington in 2016.