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The Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Co. (NPBL) is marking its 115th anniversary this month.To commemorate the occasion, the switching and terminal railroad — which is jointly owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway — in the next few weeks plans to take delivery of a locomotive painted in the bright red and maroon colors sported on its first diesel locomotives in the 1950s.For many years, NPBL has been operating solid-black locomotives with simple stenciling. NPBL leases its locomotives from NS, which designed the vintage color scheme.The inspiration for the scheme came from NS' popular Heritage Locomotive program, through which a fleet of 20 locomotives last year were painted in colors based on predecessor railroads, NS officials said in a press release.NPBL owns 34 miles of track and retains trackage rights for a 27.3-mile segment of an NS line. The short line serves 25 customers in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Va., including the Port of Virginia.
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