Posted by Mike Bjork on October 1, 2009 
Oh man, I LOVE that paint scheme! Great, colorful improvement over black and white.
Posted by Chase Zickefoose on October 1, 2009 
Penn Central heritage unit! Ok, maybe not, but cool looking paint for NS anyway! Good catch!
Posted by Chase Gunnoe on October 1, 2009 
Jeez, that sure didn't take long for someone to photograph this thing! I love the paint scheme. Thanks for sharing, Scooter.
Posted by Tie Guy on October 1, 2009 
This locomotive is an electricians nightmare. It contains 1,080 12 volt batteries.
Posted by Tony Kimmel on October 1, 2009 
Great job Scooter, Congrats on being the first photo of the 999 on, I am sure you will hit the most viewed for the week with this one, from the hits you have already...Yowwzzaa!!
Posted by Luke Ansell on October 2, 2009 
Looks more like a Southern livery to me. My vote for the next NS paint scheme on all units.
Posted by Ed Mullan on October 2, 2009 
Thanks for this one, Scooter. What a great paint scheme..hope they find a way to easily incorporate that pretty Southern Green on their newer road units.
Posted by Donald Haskel on October 2, 2009 
It would be easy to call it a GP38BP. If NS adopts this livery that would be wonderful. This is the return of the green horse., the New York Central system. Actually this is an electricians dream come true, overtime.
Posted by John Eagan on October 2, 2009 
Great photo as usual you are first with the finest, Scooter and TK!
Posted by Greg Rourke on October 2, 2009 
"Hello, NAPA? Please send over battery chargers. Lots of battery chargers"
Posted by cabman701 on October 2, 2009 
Just curious... does it make any noise when it is operating?
Posted by Ben on October 2, 2009 
Seems very fitting; almost looks like Southern colors, & the Southern Railway was known as a leader in innovation.
Posted by Rich Brown on October 3, 2009 
INNOVATION ?? As the old song says "Everything old is new again" I seem to recall that at least one of the railroads operating in the NY-NJ metropolitan area built battery-electrics back around 1900 for the very same purpose - eliminating particulate emissions - then known as "coal smoke." Can't deny that this unit does look really great though, and it's nice to have electrics being built at Juniata again, even if this is no GG1. I would be willing to wager that this unit is really a pioneer for even better things yet to come as were the battery-electrics of 100 years ago.
Posted by Scooter Hovanec on October 3, 2009 
In response to the comment about the sound, it is for the most part quiet. In the picture it is pulling about twenty cars (the 5258 is not running) and other than the bell ringing you really couldn't hear much. It was actually kind of odd as you're expecting to hear it rev up prior to moving, but there is nothing it just starts rolling. As for pulling power, after dropping off the first cut of cars the crew picked up a cut of about 25 loaded hoppers and it seemed to handle them effortlessly.
Posted by Jay Hawthorne on October 4, 2009 
Does anybody know how this little work Horse recharges itself ?. I hope they don't have to "plug it in at Night"
Posted by Scooter Hovanec on October 4, 2009 
It does have to be plugged in at night. They built a recharging station for it in the yard at Rose. The plugs are blue and are located just below the back side of the cab. Just like fuel fills on conventional diesels there are plugs on both sides of the unit. According to NS it is supposed to be good for three shifts of work from one charge.
Posted by Jay Hawthorne on October 4, 2009 
Thanks for info Scooter, and if the great City of Altoona experiences an occasional Brown out, I guess we'll know the source.
Posted by cabman701 on October 4, 2009 
Yes... thanks for the info!
Posted by RAM on October 4, 2009 
Is that an A/C unit on top of the cab?!
Posted by Ken Huard on October 5, 2009 
Wow, very sharp paint scheme!
Posted by Dan on November 8, 2009 
It will not be long before Atlas or Wathers makes a model of this unit, and I agree with everyone else, what an amazing paint job.
Posted by vlouie on December 20, 2009 
Awesome shot of this new unit Scooter. Keep us posted.
Posted by M.G. on January 7, 2010 
I love it. I hope to see that engine the next time I'm in the Altoona Area. Great shot Scooter.
Posted by James Byberg on January 10, 2010 
Very nice looking unit. Can't wait to see more of these get built!
Posted by Joe Musolf on August 2, 2010 
I really like the paint scheme here. I'd love it if NS made used it for mainline locomotives. They've had the same old black and white for about twenty years now so I say it's time for a new paint scheme!
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