Post Merger NW Reporting Marks

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Fri Apr 17 09:19:24 EDT 2015

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM,

First developed when NS and CSX purchased Conrail and divided up the
> Conrail equipment.  In order to avoid duplicate reporting markings with the
> Association of American Railroads (AAR) reporting system, it was agreed
> that CSX would add PRR to the unique number of the equipment they
> acquired.  NS would not add anything to the equipment they acquired in the
> division of Conrail equipment they received in the purchase.

​I thought that because of the way Conrail had been divided, Norfolk
Southern (which picked up mostly former Pennsylvania RR lines) used the PRR
reporting mark and CSX (which received mostly former New York Central
lines) used the NYC reporting mark.​

> Second, Norfolk Southern and its predecessor Southern Railway used the sub
> lettering on their locomotives to visually identify ownership under the
> Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) identification standards.  They use to
> go further and have metal plates attached to the locomotives and other
> equipment which identified the entity, normally a bank, that had financed
> the purchase.

​Equipment trusts probably had a lot to do with how ​equipment was lettered
and tracked during and right after a merger.

Finally, I'm not sure that "Southern purchased the N&W," ever, although I
> always enjoyed telling everybody that, especially after Ed Burwell sent me
> to the N&W coal piers at Lamberts Point and I had to relearn all the
> operating and safety rules for the N&W!

​I don't know if the Southern Railway still exists as a corporation, but
the Norfolk & Western Railway was terminated as a company when it was fully
merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway Company in 1998. See for the report from the
Surface Transportation Board.

Bruce in Blacksburg
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