CSX Transportation (CSXT) announced the release of two locomotives much anticipated by the rail-fan community. "The Spirit of our Armed Forces" and "The Spirit of our First Responders" locomotives were unveiled today at a special dedication ceremony. The 1776, an ES44AC locomotive, features the main fuselage in the
classic "camo" paint scheme with intrinsic details featuring American pride. The 1776 features cab window decals with the American flag and the rear dynamic brake hoods detailed with five American seals and the POW MIA logo placed just below the headlight.
Locomotive no. 911 (also an ES44AC) is a reflection of first responder pride and the sacrifices made by police, EMS, and firefighting forces in the United States. Featuring a red body with some white details such as the cab and pin stripe down the main portion of the locomotive, it reflects what a firetruck looks like.
Both of these locomotives are part of a new initiative by CSXT, who has recently caught up in the race for heritage locomotives that are admired by rail-fans and the general public. In a Norfolk Southern (NS) press release of these two locomotives, they proclaim the two locomotives as
"a big salute to CSX who introduced locomotive No. 911... and No. 1776... These locomotives are fantastic salutes to
well-deserving individuals. Well done, CSX. Respect!"
In CSXT's press release, the two new locomotives were described as
"one-of-a-kind locomotives - the Spirit of our Armed Forces and The Spirit of our First Responders - are helping promote the CSX Pride in Service program, a signature community investment initiative with a goal of positively impacting 100,000 military service members, veterans, first responders, and their families by 2020. As they travel the CSX system pulling customer freight, the locomotives will remind everyone who sees them of the daily sacrifices made by the individuals who serve our nation and our communities, along with their families."
Norfolk Southern was one of the first Class 1 railroad companies to sport heritage paint schemes designed by Andy Fletcher, an artist that has been drawing both fictional and
prototype paint scheme locomotives for years now. The RIAM team would like to commend CSXT on their efforts for their Pride in Service program, and would like to salute all of the men and women who serve our country abroad and at home. Thank you for your service!
Help us celebrate CSXT's accomplishment by meeting the Spirit of our Armed Forces and The Spirit of our First Responders!