Saturday, March 24, 2012

Norfolk Southern's 'Heritage' Paint Schemes

Norfolk Southern is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 18 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors.
Since the 1820s, hundreds of railroad companies were built, merged, reorganized, and consolidated into what eventually became Norfolk Southern, itself created from the consolidation of Southern Railway and Norfolk and Western Railway in 1982. In 1999, Norfolk Southern expanded the scope of its heritage with its acquisition of a portion of Conrail. The heritage locomotives will represent most of the railroads that played significant roles in Norfolk Southern’s history. The first units will be delivered in March, and all units are expected to be riding the rails by June 1, Norfolk Southern’s 30th anniversary date.

Martisco New York in the 1940s

Lehigh Valley depot in DeRuyter

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Some Notes on the Chenango Branch


    Syracuse Post-Standard,
      Friday, April 25, 1913
                                                        Immigrants Going West
     The movement of immigrants westward continues heavy and many of these trains are handled over the New York, Ontario & Western and the Chenango branch of the West Shore. There were two trains of eleven cars each over the Chenango branch last night. It took two engines to haul them over the hill from Earlville to Cazenovia.

Fayetteville Bulletin, Wed., June 29, 1917