Monday, December 5, 2011

Pan Am Railways Plans Expansion of ‘Heritage’ Locomotive Program

(Via newsletter)

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. — Pan Am Railways plans to roll out a GP9 in Maine Central paint before week’s end, the second locomotive to commemorate its predecessors. The company painted a GP9 in the “Minute Man” colors of predecessor Boston & Maine earlier this year.

Cynthia Scarano, the railroad’s executive vice president, told TRAINS the company decided to paint the locomotives in the historic schemes because “the railfans are really big on this kind of stuff. We thought it would be nice to bring out some of those old schemes to show on the railroad.”

Pan Am is choosing GP9s for its “heritage” program because the locomotives are in need of repainting. The railroad’s Waterville, Maine, shop is applying the new liveries.

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