I was out driving when I saw this, not 100 feet from the crossing. It was idling, with nobody attending, so I was able to get really close. It was *gorgeous*. This baby is so new, you can still smell the new enamel, and there were chalk marks still on the trucks (on the rim where the wheel meets the rail). Not kidding! It was standing in front of a long string of CF hoppers (common for my area), clearly getting ready for, if not a maiden run, nearly so.
Now, weathering is an art unto itself, and getting a new model in is exciting right up to the time it's dropped in front of weathered freight cars. The shiny new model seems out of place.
No more, friends! This is prototype, the real deal! In fact, this locomotive was likely shinier than most new models!
The attached image I reduced in size to post to the forum. The links below, however, are not sized so you can zoom in to see detail. I used my iPhone, but it seems to have done a nice job.
Unfortunately nobody was around, so I didn't have the chance to ask to see inside (not that they would have, but sometimes a polite request works wonders). I respected the hardware (and safety), but you know I wanted to jump on board and check it out!
I don't model Norfolk Southern, but I had to have this model...glad they're still available (as of today, anyway).
The following user(s) said Thank You: Kez, lokie62, southernnscale