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NS Engines (20 items)

MTH 20-20263-1 Southern NS Heritage ES44

The Southern Railway ES44 that's part of Norfolk Southern's heritage fleet. Great engine! Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

MTH 20-2267-1 Norfolk & Southern #9010 Dash-9 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

The was the first DCS engine I bought. I was introduced to DCS and purchased this engine at Legacy Station, a great train store just outside of Atlanta. You can check out video of this train in action right here. This is a 2000 model, added to my set in July of 2005. For sentimental reasons, this engine is almost always on the layout.

MTH 20-2623-1 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Amazing details make these SD70's so awesome. You can check out a video of this engine in action right here. This is a 2005 model, added to my set in July of 2007.

MTH 20-2644-1 Norfolk Southern Dash-8 40C Narrow Nose Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

This 2006 vol. 1 catalog order finally arrived in October of 2008. I'd say it was worth the wait. Very nicely done. The standout feature on this engine is the sound set. It sounds unlike any other engine I have and the start-up and shut-down sounds are first rate. Well done, MTH. You can view a video of this engine in action right here.

MTH 20-2834-1 Norfolk Southern AC6000 #7450 Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Part of my 2008 Vol. 1 order, this is a beautiful engine. The start up sounds are wonderful. Made in 2008, added to my set in November of the same year. You can check out video of this engine in action right here.

MTH 20-80007B Norfolk Southern ABBA F-7 OCS Business Train DAP Set

These engines are part of a large set that MTH offered for their 2007 Dealer Appreciation Program. The 2 A Units and 1 B unit are model 20-80007B and the extra B unit is 20-80007C. The set also came with 10 passenger cars. I searched for this set for 3 years before Legacy Station found it for me in 2010. An amazingly beautiful set. Built in 2007, added to my collection in October of 2010. Click here to see this set in action.

MTH 30-2393-3 Norfolk Southern #2307 Switcher Diesel Engine (Non-Powered)

Just like the one above, but unpowered. I've added an MTH lighing kit to this unit.

MTH 30-2748-1 Norfolk Southern SW!500 Switcher Diesel Engine w/Proto-Sound 2.0

Inspired by the real life version I've seen in the NS yard downtown. A perfect little switcher. Made in 2007, added to my set in December 2007.

Lionel 6-28323 Vision Line Norfolk Southern #300 3GS21B Genset Switcher

From my 2010 Volume 2 catalog order. This was Lionel's second genset offering as part of their Vision Line. Just like the UP version before it, this engine is spectacular! Made in 2010, added to my set in November of 2010.

Lionel 6-28334 Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70Ace Diesel Engine w/Legacy

From my 2009 vol. 2 Lionel catalog order, I was pleasantly surpised at the amount of detail on this engine. The sounds are great and the horn is one of the best I've heard. Made in 2009, added to my set in February of 2009.

Click Here to see my review and running of this engine on YouTube.



Lionel 6-31773 Norfolk Southern Dash-9 TankTrain Set w/Legacy

From Lionel's 2008 catalog, this is a very nice set. The engine lacks some of the detail I'd expect on a premium engine, but it runs fantastic and sound great too! This is a 2008 model, added to my set in October of 2009. You can see this engine in action by clicking here.

Lionel 6-34613 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 #2658 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Gorgeous engines that sound great. Lionel's Legacy SD70's are fantastic. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

Lionel 6-34613 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 #2663 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Just like the other SD70M-2 above, but a different road number. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

Lionel 6-37062 Norfolk Southern TMCC Speeder

Great little speeder, now with TMCC. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January 2013.

Lionel 6-38806 Norfolk Southern Trackmobile

From my 2012 vol. 1 catalog order. Made in 2012, added to my collection in May of 2012.

Lionel 6-38942 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Central of Georgia ES344 #8101

Living in Georgia meant I had to get this one. Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

Lionel 6-39636 Savannah & Atlanta NS Heritage LEGACY SD70ACe Diesel #1065

Part of Lionel's NS Heritage series. Love the paint scheme and the local roadname. Made in 2013, added to my collection in August of 2013.

Lionel 6-39639 Virginian NS Heritage LEGACY SD70ACe Diesel #1069

Part of Lionel's great NS Heritage series. Great paint scheme. Made in 2013, added to my set in August of 2013.

Lionel 6-42560 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Monongahela ES44 #8025

Looks great! Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.

Lionel 6-81447 Norfolk Southern Command Control Tie-Jector Car

Yeah, it's not very prototypical, but it sure is fun to run. Made in 2015, added to my collection in May of 2016.

 

NS Rolling Stock (25 items, sorted by item number)

MTH 20-90441 Norfolk Southern 6-Car 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper Car Set

Part of 2008 vol. 2 order. These are great contemporary cars that I've been eager to get. I got 2 sets of them, so that will make 12 of these beauties in all. These will look great being pulled by one of my NS diesels above. I have since weathered most of these hoppers. Made in 2008, added to my set in January of 2009.

MTH 20-90442 Norfolk Southern 6-Car 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper Car Set

Part of my 2008 vol. 2 order.Just like the 6-car set above, but with different road numbers. Made in 2008, added to my set in January of 2009.

MTH 20-93360 Norfolk Southern 50' High Cube Box Car #473343

This high cube car and the one below were part of my 2007 Vol. 1 order. Like the other high cube cars that MTH is cranking out these days, these are really pretty pieces. Made in 2007, added to my collection in August of the same year.

MTH 20-93360 Norfolk Southern 50' High Cube Box Car #473346

Just like the hig cub car above, but a different road number. Made in 2007, added to my collection in August of the same year.

MTH 20-95049 2-car Norfolk Southern Spine Car Set w/(2) 48' Containers

I picked these up at Paragon Trains in Piedmont, SC. We took a day-trip to South Carolina to pick up a set of hard to find NS switchers. It turned out that Paragon specializes in Southern and Norfolk Southern roads, so I was able to pick up some extra NS freight rolling stock while I was there...including this set. This is a 2005 model, added to my layout in Feb. 2006.

MTH 20-95147 Norfolk Southern 60' Flat Car w/(4) ScaleTrax

This is the 2015 MTH premier line club car. Looks great! Made in 2015, added to my collection in September of 2015.

MTH 20-98577 Norfolk Southern Schnabel Flatcar

My wife gave this to me for Christmas 2007. This is one beast of a car, coming in at 23.5 inches in length. Wonderfully detailed and a pleasure to run. Made in 2007 and added to my set in December of 2007.

MTH 30-7312 Norfolk Southern Tank Car

Since NS is one of the primary roads I collect, pretty much anything with the Norfolk Southern logo on it is fair game. Like everything else MTH cranks out, this a nice and sturdy tank car. Purchased in November of 2005.

MTH 30-79083 Norfolk Southern Operating Box Car w/Signalman

I picked this up at Paragon Trains in Piedmont, SC while going there to pick up a couple of NS switchers. This was part of a big Norfolk Southern kick I got on when I discovered the huge NS Inman yard here in Atlanta. This is a 2004 model, added to my layout in Feb. 2006.

Lionel 6-27446 Norfolk Southern Heritage Southern Cylindrical Hopper

A Christmas gift from my wife in 2010. Part of Lionel Norfolk Souther Heritage Series. Amazing looking! Makde in 2009, added to my set in December of 2010.

Lionel 6-27685 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Central of Georgia Ca-4 Caboose

Matches the C of G heritage ES44 I picked up at the same time. Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

Lionel 6-29717 Norfolk Southern Extended Vision Caboose

Since the use of the caboose is almost nonexistent on modern railroads (there are a few exceptions here and there), I'm usually not a big caboose fan. However, when I saw this one, I instantly knew it would make a perfect companion to my MTH Norfolk Southern Dash-9. This is a nicely built unit with die cast trucks, interior illumination and a smoke unit as well. Since this picture was taken, I have attached translucent paper to the windows of the cupola (upper windows) so that the interior bulb is not so obvious. It seems to me to it'd be more realistic for Lionel to frost all of the windows at the factory, but oh well. Built in 2005, and bought by me in November of 2005.

Lionel 6-39624 Erie NS Heritage SD70ACe #1068

Beautiful Erie paint scheme on the Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70ACe. Built in 2013, added to my collection in September of 2013.

Atlas 6293-9 Norfolk Southern #110111 Articulated Auto Carrier

It's huge and incredibly detailed. This was my second Atlas rolling stock purchase and I have to say I'm quickly becoming an Atlas O fan. Their stuff seems to have more detail than Lionel or MTH in many cases and I love the rotating bearing caps on the trucks. They make it look that much more prototypical. Added to my set in November 2006.

K-Line K676-1831 K-Line Norfolk Southern Coil Car

Got this nice coil car off of ebay. Nice detailing under the car. Added to my set in May 2007.

 

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