Norfolk Southern's "Veterans Locomotive" to celebrate Armed Forces Day at Fort Eustis, VA

Norfolk Southern's "Veterans Locomotive" to celebrate Armed Forces Day at Fort Eustis, VA On May 15th and 16th, Joint Base Langley - Eustis will be holding a 50th Vietnam War Commemoration honoring Vietnam War Veterans. On display will be NS' "Veterans Locomotive" number 6920 along with NS' exhibit car. The locomotive is an SD60E model designed for freight service painted in a "red, white, and blue paint scheme, and yellow ribbon with the message “Honoring our Veterans." It was placed in service in 2012 "to honor people who have served in the military and reserves, especially those employed by the railroad." Cooperation between the commercial rail industry and the country's military predates the Civil War when West Point engineers surveyed Transcontinental Rail Routes in the 1850s and has been on going since that time. The Army Transportation Corps welcomes NS' participation in this event which is open to the general public with proper identification.

The Exhibit Car is a restored 1926 Pullman passenger car that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Everyone’s favorite display - the locomotive simulator, complete with throttle, brake, and horn - puts guests in control of a virtual freight train. A new game, “Load the Line,” challenges players to match freight products with the correct type of rail car in a race against time. Guests can snap several quick photos against a train backdrop in a photo booth, which later sends the photos via email. Visitors are able to comment about their favorite display in an electronic guestbook. The Exhibit Car also features images and information about Norfolk Southern’s employee volunteer program and its sustainability and safety initiatives. “Protect the Line” invites guests to help keep the rails safe.