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Rails to Trails by classictrains Rails to Trails by classictrains
The Norfolk Southern in downtown Des Moines. About a quarter mile west of here (left out of the picture these rails end at a grade crossing. Beyond that the bridge over the Des Moines river is now a nicely redecorated and cleaned up pedestrian crossing.

When I saw this loco I thought it was a 3000 HP GE B30-7... but it's a 3200 HP Dash 8-32.

It was switching grain elevators 2 miles east of here and it came into town light for a run-around move.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
All the NS B30-7 were built for Southern and had highhoods like this one [link] which actually still exist today and was moved from Altoona to Chattanooga which I think that means it will get new life as a museum engine or at least I hope so.

It's the only existing B30-7 in NS paint and I believe NS still owns it.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I was wondering about that when I saw the "SOU" tag on the cab. But I roster info I had lists this as built for the NS. Any idea why it has that tag?
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Probably ordered just after the merger.

The SD60 have SOU on them despite never being in SOU paint for some reason. Many C39-8 had SOU or NW on them and they never saw those paint schemes ether. For some reason engines ordered right after the merger were lettered for the previous names and that I don't understand.

I also don't understand why a highhood ex-SOU GP38AC I encountered had PRR on it.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That IS strange! PRR, as in the Pennsy? :confused:
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yup and I never understood why.
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Cabbitboy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Silverwolf
The PRR and NYC reporting marks were how CSX and NS identified former Conrail rolling stock with (IIRC) CSX getting NYC and NS getting PRR.
How a ex Southern loco ends up with PRR marks is odd but I'd take a guess that it may have been a transfer to Conrail to replace a Conrail loco that may have been destroyed while on Southern rails.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
Sorry you didn't reply to silverwolf you replied to me.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Weird! :XD:
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JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
So that's where the baby top hats have gone to, a year ago these guys were crawling all over Chicago. I probably have a dozen photo's of this engine.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
It was kind of perverse... everywhere I went in Des Moines this engine kept popping up. In 5 days it was the only NS engine I saw.
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