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Norfolk Southern is honoring its predecessor railroads during 2012, its 30th anniversary year, by painting 20 new locomotives in commemorative schemes that reflect the heritage of those predecessors. Take a look!

Norfolk Southern Heritage Engines: Then and Now, Trains Magazine - Norfolk Southern released its eighth heritage locomotive, painted in the colors of the Lehigh Valley, on April 23. On June 11, NS reworked the paint with added white "V" stripes and the nose logo surrounded by white in a diamond shape. Norfolk Southern celebrates its 30th anniversary by rolling out locomotives in heritage paint. Find out what the predecessor railroads' paint schemes looked like in this exclusive photo…

To celebrate Norfolk Southern Railway's 30th anniversary, 20 modern diesel locomotives were painted in the colors of railroads that were aquired over the railroad's history. This GE ES44AC was painted in the Nickel Plate Road colors and traveled with the steam locomotive. (Photojournalist Jim Stanton) ..rh

Prior to the arrival of the 20 new Heritage units, three veterans from Norfolk Southern's family of railroads were gathered in Roanoke for a special "30th Anniversary" photo shoot. And what better locomotive model says "30" than a GP30?! From left to right, we see NW 522 from the Roanoke Chapter NRHS, Southern 2594 from the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, GA (on loan to the Tennesee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga), and Conrail 2233 from the Railroad Museum of PA in Strasburg.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary for Norfolk Southern, as well as the 25th anniversary for the Columbia Terminal Railroad. NS Illinois Division local train number D29 with 7129 poses with the NS Wabash heritage unit and the COLT's GP7U, along with the Columbia Star Dinner Train's F7. These are all operating in former Wabash territory.

Wabash Heritage Here is an image from this morning in Centralia, Mo., as the NS "Wabash" heritage unit poses with the Columbia Star Dinner Train's engine. The dinner train operates on the Columbia Terminal Railroad (COLT) out of Columbia, Missouri. The paint scheme as seen on this "F unit" is the design that was referenced for the painting of the NS heritage unit.

Illinois Terminal Railroad(ITC) 100th Anniversary SD40-2 A closeup of the beautifully and newly painted ITC SD40-2. :) This locomotive is a former Union Pacific(UP) locomotive donated to the ITC Historical Society.

75029 approaching Goathland after the long uphill slog from Darnholm, England. photo by chocolatelabrador, via Flickr