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Norfolk Southern Unveils New Locomotive in Celebration of GoRail's Tenth Anniversary

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March 12, 2014 -- GoRail and Norfolk Southern announced the unveiling of its one-of-a-kind GoRail locomotive today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of GoRail, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of moving more freight by rail. Founded in 2004, GoRail mobilizes support for policies that would lead to more freight moving by rail and opposition to policies that would limit the freight railroads' ability to meet growing freight demand. The GoRail locomotive will enter into regular freight service on Norfolk Southern's system. "We are honored that Norfolk Southern has commissioned this special GoRail locomotive and excited for its debut," said GoRail President Russell McGurk. "We believe it will help GoRail spread awareness about the many public benefits of rail, including more jobs, improved safety, less pollution and less energy consumption. When the public understands that America's privately owned freight railroads invest billions of dollars each year in the nation's rail network, so taxpayers don't have to, they are eager to get behind pro-rail policies." The SD60E model features a paint scheme combining the infinity lines of the Norfolk Southern livery with the tracks of the GoRail logo. The lines end in an arrow to depict movement, and the GoRail colors carry through the modified speed lines to show the unity of GoRail and Norfolk Southern, creating the look of land as seen from above and signifying freight movement. The GoRail locomotive joins Norfolk Southern's 30th anniversary fleet of 20 non-traditional locomotives painted in the schemes of key predecessor railroad companies and the veterans' locomotive painted to honor those who have served in the military and reserves. The GoRail locomotive was painted in Altoona, involving 14 Norfolk Southern employees using 60 gallons of primer and paint over a 40-hour period. "Our industry has a great story to tell, and GoRail does an excellent job of educating the public about the benefits and strengths of the American freight rail system and the continuing high levels of freight rail investment to drive safety, service and growth," said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. "We are pleased to help promote GoRail and their pro-rail mission."
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Mikey (1 month ago)
Wow.... just Wow NS👍🏻🇺🇸
Jesse Wernholm (1 month ago)
why is it a four-axle inside and a six outside?
Sonny Pruitt (1 month ago)
Chrome wheels would have been a nice touch, just sayin.
Ruben Van Hoye (1 month ago)
I don't like the green but the decals are nice though. Luckily this is a one off.
MrKfq269 (2 months ago)
Shes a beauty.
Bear Allen (4 months ago)
They should just paint them with graffiti so the little punks can't ruin them
Pittsburgh Line Railfan (3 months ago)
Haha that’s funny
Greg Thompson (4 months ago)
Another tacky NS paint scheme.
Pittsburgh Line Railfan (3 months ago)
You think so? I quite like it.
Philip Farrell (5 months ago)
There use too be a slogan America needs move by truck now we need move by Rail
Frank Mosch (6 months ago)
Nice paint job!!! is this some sort of merger? Any way looks Ausume keep it in the garage run it only on the nice days can't wait til the HO scale version comes out I'm gonna buy me one!!!😀😀😀...Frank misssssschief.
j snidow (6 months ago)
Comode Colors!!
Robert Willett (7 months ago)
You need a nice Y3, though, to top things off.
Brian Foster (7 months ago)
Incredible job those guys have done ✅. The loco really looks great 👍 love the colour scheme really impressive from the UK 🇬🇧 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 👍👍👍👍
Disfigured Doughnut (7 months ago)
Wish i could see this on the rails here in ohio...(im a few years late for this video too though so...)
Rexifford Rexington (8 months ago)
God I love this song
Teh angry bird 345 (8 months ago)
That looks amazing
Michael Raines (8 months ago)
I liked the old Tuxedo paint job from my youth.
ghostwolf06 (9 months ago)
I am building one in Nscale so I don't have to wait for two years for someone to produce it.
Choo Choo Ben Productions (9 months ago)
So I'm assuming that NS likes GoRail? Because I like GoRail too, and I'm also a Norfolk Southern person.
Edward Kesock (9 months ago)
Great looking locamotive
Bob Young (10 months ago)
SHIIIIINEY!
Jared Wilkerson (10 months ago)
looks dope
Spencer Bass (10 months ago)
Beautiful. What a great company!
union pacific (10 months ago)
Why does the locomotive have 2 wheels one in the front and the back?
A Dude (10 months ago)
That thing is on 4-wheel bogies, not a 6-wheel bogie.
Walter Mandujano (10 months ago)
Is this a EMD locomotive?
XtraVanze X7 (11 months ago)
How much does it cost to build a freight locomotive?
TRAIN CHASERS (11 months ago)
A lot of people say that the GoRail is a ugly unit, we think it's a awesome locomotive
sparky107107 (1 year ago)
been watching some of your videos. wow painting a loco is very labour intensive. well for 3 to 5 guys anyway. it is very nice to see Norfolk do heritage units for Conrail, first responders.i have never seen the Go Rail one before now. What was it painted up for? and did Athearn do a model of it ?
Glen O'Riley (1 year ago)
Looks good a LOT better than your usual boring trash livery. That said I'd have dumped the white and kept the colourful blue/green striping all the way around where you have the coloured and the white striping. The white on black is boring where that splash of colour makes a HUGE difference on that black and adds a lot of eye candy. The gorail graphic is good as is the lime green detailing in the metal.
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
I like the original paint theme! It’s not boring
ALEJANDRO MOTA GUEVARA (1 year ago)
ME GUSTO MUCHO EL VIDEO DE COMO PINTAN EL TREN
Larry Dockery (1 year ago)
that is one hell of a nice eng
Paleoman52 (1 year ago)
I saw this engine leading a west bound freight through Letchworth State Park in western New York State. It still looks like new!
Daniele Pelaia (1 year ago)
what type of locomotive is it
Princess of the Cape (1 year ago)
Modern locomotives are so goddamned ugly. Widecabs are the absolute worst.
BlackRafGTR 23 (1 year ago)
0:01 looks like cream lol
Arun A (1 year ago)
My dream driving in train
AmCalJojo459 (1 year ago)
***Foam***
Drums and Trains (1 year ago)
That is freakin sweet!
My Leg (1 year ago)
I've seen this unit before.
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
On the NS Chicago line
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
Same! I saw it in Chesterton indiana
HyperTails12 (1 year ago)
looks noice 👍👌🚃
Greg LaPlante (1 year ago)
Thats awesome. Big toy for big boys.
King of Love Train (1 year ago)
What’s the name of the song?, I love that music!
Sirens Of Kansas (1 year ago)
This is such a beautiful locomotive Great Job, Northfolk Southern!
jonathan bryant (1 year ago)
All I can say is sexy
Tommy Truth (1 year ago)
Does it have a toilet on it?
Happy Hands (1 year ago)
You got to admire a company that has pride in what they do and shows it.
Bill G (1 year ago)
Nice job!
waltonwayaugusta (1 year ago)
COUPLE O MILES O TAPE AND VISQUEEN
Shane's Trains57 (1 year ago)
Awesome! I wanna catch this one.
Douglas Ward (1 year ago)
Pretty nice for a fourth world outfit. I may have built and installed all that " robotics"....40 some years ago. Pathetic. OH "Them thar roboticals." Oh well. Other countries don't own hundreds of military bases so a person should be careful what they say about ol #1. You're eiver wiff us or we gonna dunn bomb your ass. INC./ NLC No Liability Country https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOUtbFIZ-D4
robert shaw (1 year ago)
What are you hailing new locomotives when you can't take care of your old ones. Why this fancy paint job when you sideline 611. We say BS!!
Jeffrey G (1 year ago)
Beautiful! 😃
johnjp (1 year ago)
Great video. Different wheel base while being painted?
robert shaw (1 year ago)
- CONTINUED - This has been done BUT, there are many steam units not in service, with more coming on line. These engines are proving to be as able to pull huge loads as they were when originally built. How about putting all 8 of the Big Boys and the other heavy haul articulated engines back in service to pull heavy freight over mountains freeing up as many as 4 diesel units for long haul. Also the steam units, when converted to oil, need worry only about water - double tenders can provide for longer runs. where water could be a problem. Americans have forgotten that it costs less to rebuild - especially with new materials, than to replace. Look at the Union Pacific steam program for proof of this. Not to forget other serious restoration programs across the country. The age of steam has not passed. Steam will never lose the power to do work. With research into efficiency, steam units can again return to revenue freight.
robert shaw (1 year ago)
While most sane people advocate a return to Rail freight (Railroad Express Agnecy) we must remember that when Rail made the US great it did so because the government had not developed an interstate highway system, trucks were used only for local deliveries from freight depots and the government did not tax the living daylights out of the railroads while giving tax breaks to trucking companies - often started up by returning veterans. The railroads were also taxed on track mileage thus giving incentive to remove as much of the parallel trackage that had been built. We must also remember that this taxation occurred when the engines and rolling stock were worn to the bone by 4 years of intense service during WW-II. Also, while being taxed to the hilt the operating companies, that had made huge investment in new locomotives and rolling stock in the early 1940's began to scrap this investment in favor of diesel. Their big error was not running the steam units until they came up for major tear-downs for boiler service thus minimizing the capitalization for now engines and maintenance facilities and all the cost of retraining the service and operating crews to run them.
Kenneth Meyers (1 year ago)
Love it
Captain Bobby Harrison (1 year ago)
Nice Time Lapse Video but makes me wonder how long did all this actually take to do?
lego freak (1 year ago)
One thing I don't like is that the weeks are rusty. Also the coupler.
Ron K (1 year ago)
Need to chrome the wheels
M W (1 year ago)
A handsome fellow I tell ya.
Thomas Fletcher (1 year ago)
What kind of coffee are they drinking ? Whew, wore me out watching this ! He he
Bob Peterson (1 year ago)
I agree.... Go Rail!!!
whiteknightcat (1 year ago)
Extensive masking, paint, Glosscoat, dry transfers ... just like on the real models!
My Whittle Shortline Trains (1 year ago)
It's really cool seeing an engine that you've seen in the building process. Nice video!
Bob McCabe (1 year ago)
That so Kool!!! What a beast.
Gun Show! (1 year ago)
Amazing
AsianPerson3 (1 year ago)
Badass
Dean Ronan (1 year ago)
That's one SWEET looking LOCOMOTIVES way cool
IM4 OUR (1 year ago)
LOOKS KINDA QUEER TO ME.
damkayaker (1 year ago)
Ugly green w/stupid decals. Pity the fool that has to drive that.
csx68 BNSF Keystone Corn Route (1 year ago)
this is a model train so big and detailed that ITS REAL good job NS
Michael Nappi (1 year ago)
geee wiz thats cool!
Kevin Tyler (1 year ago)
Very impressive.
Brent Nicol (1 year ago)
You guys have thTHE coolest job in the world. Lots of work to so but then who cares. It is a cool job. Got a job for me?
Alex Moreno (1 year ago)
👎🏻
Lil Joshie (1 year ago)
I just don’t like the NS logo at the front
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
Why not? I think it looks great
Serum Gaming (1 year ago)
Hey Norflok Southern, This unit looks like a unit here in Roanoke,VA. The colors are the southern and N&W. Southern had green but darker. But cool video. Also in Roanoke VA ar the locomotive shop theres a conrail.
netdog713 (1 year ago)
you can tell by the color of the booth and the equipment that they mostly only do black lol
Emerson Fogaça (1 year ago)
Ficou bonito mas não pode ficar sujo tem que ter pulverização de óleo sempre limpo aparência é tudo
Emerson Fogaça (1 year ago)
Ficou bonito mas não pode ficar sujo tem que ter pulverização de óleo sempre limpo aparência é tudo
Dada Fan (1 year ago)
The loco is OK, the painters are awesome!
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
The locomotive is awesome
William Stock (2 years ago)
Love the video and, the upbeat, get going, fast paced music. Know who it is?
Enchanted fire (2 years ago)
i have never seen a Locomotive with lime green paint on it
railfan 777 (2 years ago)
This is a nicely painted engine I give them credit nicely done
Unfoldingrain92 (4 months ago)
That locomotive that is your profile picture. What ever happened to it? Nobody has reported on heritage units in a long time and no railfan yet has talked about.
The Bops (2 years ago)
How did a bogey with two axles in the workshop change to a bogey with 3 axles out of the workshop??
silicon212 (2 years ago)
Here in the US, we refer to those as 'trucks'. The locomotive, while in the paint booth, was on shop trucks (basically standard railcar trucks), for whatever reason (maybe the locomotive trucks were being rebuilt). They are unpowered and allow the locomotive to be moved from area to area. The 3-axle trucks are the standard locomotive trucks on these EMD SD60 series locomotives.
Thomas Futch (2 years ago)
That was Awesome 😎
Great Lakes Railfan (2 years ago)
OMG Sweet! Love That SD60E!
Shane Singleton (2 years ago)
Wasn't a fan of the high visibility green until they started laying down the black. Really makes for a nice contrast on the finished paint job.
Michigan Railfan archives (2 years ago)
Love it
TRAIN CHASERS (2 years ago)
I love these paint schemes they make
J G Miller (2 years ago)
Nice locomotive. But why didn't they paint the wheels? The rusty wheels looked terrible.
Negrodamus (7 months ago)
I'm pretty sure they just forgot because they had the other trucks on in the shop.
Michael Rose (2 years ago)
Fantastic looking!
Bill Bradley (2 years ago)
Man, did those guys work fast. I was exhausted just watching them. :-)
Lamont DuPlessis (2 years ago)
that is TOO COOL FOR WORDS!
Timothy Rogers Railfanning (2 years ago)
Seen this locomotive two months ago leading a freight through my town, it needed a paint job from the looks of it
Ks-1 Productions (2 years ago)
Never mind
Ks-1 Productions (2 years ago)
Is soon coming down the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for September's railfest
TØSPWASTAKEN (2 years ago)
Norfolk southern a couple days ago while waiting for the bus i saw a Norfolk southern train that had 2 engines one dark red with a dark red coach
Trains N' Stuff (2 years ago)
that would be most likely the geometry train.
AB - 12JR - Turner Fenton SS (2572) (2 years ago)
I like this train
Charlie Bray (2 years ago)
Pretty close to how aircraft are painted. Nice look!