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.”
The unveiling of the GoRail locomotive (No. 6963) will take place at a reception on Wednesday, March 12 at Union Station in Washington, D.C., the evening preceding Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. Photos will 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.
GoRail is a national non-profit grassroots organization founded in 2004 with the support of the nation’s freight railroads and rail supply companies. GoRail unites rail stakeholders with community leaders and the public to support rail solutions for tomorrow’s transportation challenges.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products. Photo by Casey Thomason. For more information about Norfolk Southern, visit www.nscorp.com