Posted by Jon Hultman on January 3, 2013 
Why does it have the Southern initals and when was it purchased by NS?
Posted by Jon Hultman on January 3, 2013 
Why does it have the Southern initals and when was it purchased by NS?
Posted by on January 3, 2013 
Is there some sort of cash for clunkers event going about or something?
Posted by Mitch Goldman on January 3, 2013 
Glad to see she'll have a new life! Odd that it's marked as SOU vrs NS. And part of me kind of hates to see it loose the CN paint. Still, great to see she'll be reborn. Back up power /assist power for steam program - or perhaps simply filling a need to be two places at once. (Kind of wonder why NS /CSX didnt' keep the E's all along).
Posted by Patrick Rieger on January 3, 2013 
I also wonder why it is marked for Southern and not NS, but then it could be the complex corporate structure of NS, regulations, the railroads own rules, or something else. What did it take just to make it safe to move? The people at Juniata have a lot of work ahead with all 3 units, they all are in bad shape.
Posted by Jerry Jordak on January 3, 2013 
The SOU reporting marks are just for moving it to Altoona. Marking it as "NS 9177" would conflict with an existing Dash 9.
Posted by Curious142 on January 3, 2013 
Interesting shot, but sad sight. How does anyone here know that it will be "reborn".
Posted by Troy Staten on January 3, 2013 
That should buff out;) Glad to see this engine go to the NS they will make it look great.
Posted by David North on January 3, 2013 
Can't wait to compare this 'before' shot with an 'after' one in a few years!
Posted by David Ellison on January 4, 2013 
I hope it gets the loving care it deserves and not rebuilt into an F90AC-3 or something like that.
Posted by Michael Ridenhour on January 4, 2013 
It was lettered SOU for transit because there is already an NS 9177. Great shot by the way.
Posted by Andy Fariss on January 4, 2013 
It is far better than the scrapper's torch.
Posted by on January 4, 2013 
Amazing! How many times I've tried to get a decent shot of this back there before it was cut it's out with a second life.
Posted by Sport! on January 4, 2013 
As they would say on American Pickers, this was ultimate "Pick of a Lifetime"
Posted by on January 4, 2013 
"NORFOLK SOUTHERN PURCHASES THREE MORE F7 LOCOMOTIVES: Norfolk Southern has purchased a trio of F7 locomotives from National Railway Equipment. These units include F7A 407 (Former Coe / CNW), F7B 1019 (Ex CP 1019), and F7A 9177 (Ex CN 9177). PLans are to ship the units to the railroad's Altoona, Pa. locomotive shop for overhaul. They will see service become part of the NS fleet for use on office car and other special passenger trains. (John Krattinger - posted 12/27)" Source:
Posted by Carl Livingston on January 4, 2013 
I remember a Trains Magazine thing with NS getting new F units. Are these one of them.
Posted by Larry Amaloo on January 6, 2013 
Nice shot, its like I was there haha
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