Norfolk Southern SD70ACUs

Yesterday at lunchtime I saw a freight train creep up to the control point at Cody near Linden, Virginia. Power was D9-44CW #8950, SD70ACU #7297, SD60I #6745, and ES-44AC #8160. The second unit is a SD70ACU rebuilt from a Union Pacific SD90MAC. Chris Toth has an excellent site explaining the rebuilds that Norfolk Southern is doing on their acquired SD90MACs.

Eastbound Freight Train - Front Royal, Virginia - July 5, 2016

Eastbound Freight Train – Front Royal, Virginia – July 5, 2016

Before

This is a photo from last summer of a Union Pacific SD90MAC placed into Norfolk Southern service prior to its rebuild. I believe it is still awaiting its rebuild.

NS SD90MAC #7246 - Linden, Virginia - July 19, 2015

NS SD90MAC #7246 – Linden, Virginia – July 19, 2015

After

Yesterday’s train shows a relatively freshly-painted SD70ACU (formerly a SD90MAC).

NS SD70ACU #7297 - Front Royal, Virginia - July 5, 2016

NS SD70ACU #7297 – Front Royal, Virginia – July 5, 2016

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