It is no secret to those of you who stop by here on a regular basis that I'm a big fan of the old Nickel Plate Road. The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad or NKP came into being in the late 1880s and was eventually merged into the Norfolk & Western (which in turn became part of the Norfolk Southern System) in the early 1960s. Its nearly ninety year history was like that of most railroads... ups & downs, feast & famine, good years and bad. But through it all, the Nickel Plate developed a reputation of "High Speed Service" which became the company's slogan and trademark of service.
As part of the thirtieth anniversary celebration of NS, the company has decided to create a series of "Heritage Units" decorated with the schemes of its predecessor railroads. I believe the unit pictured above is the second in the series with the Southern Railroad unit being first.
While the Nickel Plate Road is now a part of history and modelers' dreams, it sure is nice to see that familiar black & gold paint scheme once again on the rails. I'm looking forward to seeing her in person. Good job, NS!