What was the NS like in the ’90s era? Things were still pretty much
the same as in the ’80s, with standard older units in NS, N&W, & SOU paint, fallen flag freight names on equipment, a few cabooses, older track layouts, original signals, and more. The 90s also brought the new Triple Crown service between CR & NS, and the newer W&LE Class 2 regional RR out of Bellevue & Brewster, OH. NS 1990s Part I is a good example of this coverage.
Also the ’90s brought more freight cars with the applied NS roadname, CSX cars were showing up more on trains as well. NS GP30s and SD35s were showing up in loco deadlines, fewer cabooses were being seen on freight trains, although still being used on most locals. Steam excursions were still on the rails, but coming to a slow down due to NS’s concern over liability concerns, after a few derailments.
The NS merger proved to be one of the very few mergers that made sense, and actually prospered financially and efficiently, until the CR break-up in 1999 with CSX.
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