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Norfolk Southern dedicates locomotive honoring nation's first responders

Date: 2015-07-26
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Norfolk Southern Engine 911 with an antique Altoona Works company fire engine. Photo via Norfolk Southern

In a ceremony at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station last June, Norfolk Southern unveiled its latest commemorative locomotive, a vibrant SD60E honoring emergency first responders. The locomotive – with insignia recognizing police, fire, and emergency services – has entered general revenue service on Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network.

“The relationships we have with first responders across our network are vital components of operating a safe transportation system,” said Jim Squires, NS president and CEO. “We hope everyone who sees this locomotive will think about the dedication, the expertise, and the sacrifices first responders make to serve our communities. We at Norfolk Southern are grateful for their support, bravery, and partnership.”

The red, white, and gold locomotive – its paint scheme designed by NS’ Visual Communications team and painted at the company’s Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa. – features the Maltese Cross of fire services, the Emergency Medical Services’ “Star of Life,” and the Police shield. It also features the logo for Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER), a national outreach organization dedicated to providing education and resources to help raise the level of emergency preparedness for the unlikely event of a rail incident. The locomotive sports “9-1-1,” the phone number to request emergency assistance, as well as the Norfolk Southern OAR shield.

OAR – Operation Awareness & Response – is an NS program to educate the public about the economic importance of the safe movement of hazardous materials by rail to connect emergency first responders in Norfolk Southern communities with information and training resources.

NS911 at the Chatanooga Natinal Cemetery. Photo by Norfolk Southern Special Agent Michael Frogg, via Norfolk Southern Facebook Page

Norfolk Southern designed the train in Virginia, but all of the painting was done here at the Juniata locomotive shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Engine 911, one of 25 specially painted engines in the Norfolk Southern fleet, rolled out on June 24 to honor the five US Marines killed last week in Tennessee.  As the City of Chattanooga was getting ready to pay their respect to SSGT. David Wyatt, Norfolk Southern Railway bought the newest locomotive in their honorable fleet out, with the help of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to show support.  Engine 911 stood right in front of the Chattanooga National Cemetery, to show support [above].

Norfolk Southern is a nationally recognized leader in providing training and educational resources to first responders. NS conducted or participated in 98 TRANSCAER community outreach events in 17 states during 2014, and assisted in the development of the AskRail app that allows first responders to use their mobile phones to look up commodity and response information on shipments.  NS also continued its commitment to providing high-level training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Co.

For more images of NS Engine 911 see this link at

- People, Places & Things/ (via Norfolk Southern)



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