Norfolk Southern SD40-2s #3468 – #3491. The “Black Board” Brigade

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SD40-2 locomotive #3383 has the traditional white number boards with black lettering.

Don’t know if you knew this (I certainly didn’t) but it seems that we have a few anomalies to the SD40-2 family of Norfolk Southern diesels….

There’s a group of 24 units that were acquired from National Railway Equipment by NS in 2012 that have “black” number boards with white lettering instead of the usual “white” number boards with black lettering that are common to NS locomotives. The units #3468-#3491 had their number boards replaced by NRE with their new NS numbers prior to being delivered resulting in the color reversal.

It was my understanding that at least the #3480 (Operation Lifesaver) had been acquired from FURX so I’ll have to probe a little deeper to be sure of that. For now, we thank Andrew Zehner for giving us this information.

Both the #3480 and the trailing #3475 have the black number boards with white lettering. Note the low mounted headlight on the #3480 making it an anomaly of the bunch.

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Norfolk Southern SD40-2s #3468 – #3491. The “Black Board” Bunch

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