WMSR Paints GE Unit in ‘Fireball Livery’

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has painted a GE locomotive into the black-and-yellow fireball livery of its namesake railroad.

Trains magazine reported that the treatment was given NIWX No. 558, a 33-year-old B32-8 four-axle Dash 8 unit.

The reporting marks are for the Northern Illinois & Wisconsin Railway Corporation. It arrived at the WMSR earlier this year in a Norfolk Southern livery.

The unit is being leased to WMSR by NIWX, a locomotive leasing, finance, and equipment management firm.

The original Western Maryland Railway had only two GE locomotives on its roster, a pair of 44-ton switchers built in the 1940s.

WMSR repainted the 558 in its shop in Ridgeley, West Virginia.

The tourist railroad plans to use the 558 on excursion trains to Frostburg, Maryland, and other events in the upcoming weeks.

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