Engineer James wrote:CSX Got 2!!! I am amazed! Wonder why they never did a repaint, or even renumbered?? And why, might I ask did they have to go and repaint the old Pennsy's?? I say leave them alone, they are the only surviving CR E8's!!!
Another thing... What did NS Use the one they got for??
It is an interesting story about how CSX got 2 of the three E8's. The Conrail split was not even, 58 % going to NS, 42 % going to CSX. When it came to splitting up the equipment, I was told that the sequence of who got to choose went this way: CSX, NS, CSX, NS, CSX, NS, NS and then start again. Usually this meant that NS got 4 out of each 7, but since there were only 3 to start with, CSX got one, NS got one, and then CSX got the third.
AFAIK NS only used theirs, renumbered NS 1000, as a display during their open house in Altoona before it was sold. CSX had theirs at Cumberland I believe they were to be the first Conrail units repainted after the split, but they never got that new paint nor did they ever wear their new CSX numbers, 9998 and 9999.