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01-25-2004, 10:53 PM
I am new to this forum and am hoping some of the old hands can help me get this information.
On January 23rd an intermodal train passed me in Anniston, Alabama heading toward Birmingham (westbound). The lead unit was NS 9426. It was followed by a blue unit numbered 8464. It was Conrail Blue but had none of the old Conrail markings. My NS references don't show a former Conrail unit in this number range. Nor did it have Helm markings. I was too far away to see if there were any small leters under the number and was in traffic at the time. Could anyone tell me who owns this engine and what type it is?
Any help is appreciated.

E.M. Bell
01-26-2004, 12:18 AM
Sounds like a former LMS lease unit. These wore the same blue as conrail motors, but only carried LMS markings. several of these went to the NS, and still are solid blue with only the road numbers and "PRR" markings..

01-26-2004, 12:55 AM
E.M. is right, this unit was one of 16 exLMS C40-8W's that went to NS. They are now numbered 8452-8467 and were previously numbered 712-727.