Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Norfolk Southern unveils GoRail locomotive

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
GoRail and Norfolk Southern on March 12, 2014 unveiled a specially painted locomotive commemorating the 10th anniversary of GoRail, the 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.

The EMD SD60E locomotive “features a paint scheme combining the infinity lines of the Norfolk Southern livery with the tracks of the GoRail logo,” NS said. “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.”

“We are honored that Norfolk Southern has commissioned this special GoRail locomotive and are 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.”

“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.”

The unveiling of the GoRail locomotive (No. 6963) was to take place at a reception on March 12 at Union Station in Washington, D.C., the evening preceding Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. Photos were then be posted to the GoRail and Norfolk Southern social media accounts.

A time-lapse video of the painting of No. 6963 is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h55AaK6rZ0.