Norfolk Southern
Office Car Special Equipment


OCS Equipment Roster

Equipment Roster Shots


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Description: NS 4270, F9A, usually has the honors of being the lead unit on OCS trips.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 4271, F9A, more often than not will be seen trailing because it rides a bit rougher than the 4270.


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Description: NS 4275, F7B, built 10/1950.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 4276, F7B, built 10/1950.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 1, the "Virginia."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 2, the "Carolina."


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Description: NS 3, the "Claytor Lake."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 4, the "Michigan."


Photographer: Rob McKeever II
Description: NS 5, the "Maryland" was rebuilt in 2016 as a three bedroom sleeper and observation car.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 7, the "Pennsylvania" is where the 'mechanical rider' sleeps on the OCS. The mechanical rider is the go-to man if there are any issues with the equipment.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 9, the "Alabama."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 11, the "Illinois."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 12, the "Indiana."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 13, the "Georgia."


Photographer: Bob Prosser
Description: NS 14 is a former American Railway Explorer (also American Orient Express) car and was also in the failed Greenbriar Express fleet. It arrived at Juniata 2/2014 and was released to service 4/2015 after an extensive rebuilding.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 16 is a former CB&Q sleeper. It arrived at Juniata 9/2014 in worn Northern Pacific paint. Some work has been done but much more remains.


Photographer: Almari Phinazee
Description: NS 18, the "New Orleans." This diner/lounge car was overhauled over several years and completed in 2015 and renamed from "General William Mahone."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 19, the "Kentucky."


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Description: NS 20, the "Ohio."


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 21, the "West Virginia."


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 23, the "Buena Vista" is probably the most photographed car in the OCS fleet because it's usually at the end of the train.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 24, the "Delaware" is a full dome car.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 25, acquired 2014.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 26, the "New York."


Photographer: Shawn Levy
Description: NS 27, the Exhibit Car, is sent to various events throughout the NS system. There is a locomotive simulator inside.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 28, one of the two "Powhatan Arrow" cars for Operation Lifesaver specials.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 29, one of the two "Powhatan Arrow" cars for Operation Lifesaver specials.


Photographer: Unknown
Description: NS 30, the "Marko Polo" at Amtrak's Union Station in Washington D.C. There was talk of this car possibly being overhauled for OCS service again, but it remains in DC for now.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 32, Research car.


Photographer: Jonathan McCoy
Description: NS 33, Research car.


Photographer: Nikos Kavoori
Description: NS 34, the original "Research Slug" had a cab installed for computer equipment several years ago and was repainted. It isn't a slug at all since it has no traction motors, but it weighs about as much as a regular locomotive and has lots of equipment on the trucks to measure track geometry.


Photographer: J.B. Kerr
Description: NS 35, acquired late 2016, to be rebuilt into another geometry car to roam the NS system. This car is of DLW and CNJ heritage.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 36, Research car.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 37, Research car.


Photographer: Scott Ikemeyer
Description: NS 38, "The Brick." The Juniata Shops turned out this second research slug 9/2009. It has the same uses as NS 34, but features a double cab for computer equipment.


Photographer: Collin Reinhart
Description: NS 39 is a HEP car which was used during the old NS steam program. During the winter of 2011 it received some work and a new coat of paint and returned to service on the first OCS trip of 2011, the Masters trip.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 40 is a HEP boxcar, a former Conrail car.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 41 is a company material boxcar, a former NW car. I previous thought this car had a HEP generator, but it doesn't.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 42 is one of six former CDot/PAT coaches overhauled for steam program use.


Photographer: Thomas Mahan
Description: NS 43 is one of six former CDot/PAT coaches being overhauled for steam program use.


Photographer: G. Gerard
Description: NS 44 is one of six former CDot/PAT coaches overhauled for steam program use.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 45 is one of six former CDot/PAT coaches being overhauled for steam program use. NS 45 will be the Mississippi once its rebuild is completed.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 46, the "New Jersey" is the first of six former CDot/PAT coaches overhauled for steam program use.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: NS 47, the "Louisiana" is the third of six former CDot/PAT coaches overhauled for steam program use.


Photographer: Sean Gulden
Description: NS 48, research caboose.


Photographer: Sean Gulden
Description: NS 49, research caboose.


Photographer: J.B. Kerr
Description: NW 521414, overhauled in 2010 and converted to a diner for MW use. It is not part of the business car fleet.


Photographers: L.R. Myers / Almari Phinazee
Description: RPCX 800321, former New York Central "Sandy Creek," sleeper/lounge/observation, owned by former NS CEO Wick Moorman.


Photographer: Todd Fisher
Description: SOU 960401, former AOE sleeper rebuilt in 2016 as a diner for MW use.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Description: SOU 960422 "The Dunn Wagon" - This car was in MW use until a few ago when it was moved to Altoona. They were considering overhauling the car as a new diner for OCS service. No work has been done.


Photographer: Pat Huemmer
Description: NS 960424, dining car for MW crews.


Action/Scenic Shots


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Huntingdon, PA
Date: June 7, 2002
Description: A three car train heads east at CP-Hunt with a 2-year-old SD70M for power. Notice the first car is still in the Conrail OCS colors.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Garett, PA
Date: June 27, 2002
Description: You wouldn't think this shot would belong here, but I wanted to post it anyway. Here's an OCS on CSXT's Keystone Sub made up of nothing but Norfolk Southern office cars.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: May 6, 2004
Description: A blue SD40-2 brings a deadhead OCS into Altoona. The Conrail power car is at the headend of several office cars.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Cresson, PA
Date: March 28, 2007
Description: Three of the four F units purchased by NS for OCS service make their debut appearance on a test run today. The two GP38-2's are along for dynamic braking to simulate a train behind the F units. While the F units are in throtle, the two GP38-2's are in dynamic to simulate a load.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: February 25, 2008
Description: An A-B-A set of F units takes eight cars east at Rose.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Huntingdon, PA
Date: March 1, 2008
Description: The F's are on the return trip to Altoona and are passing Hunt tower, the last tower remaining between Harrisburg and Altoona.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: March 8, 2008
Description: NS 3338, a blue SD40-2, is paired up with NS 18. The 18 is a dining car.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: July 12, 2008
Description: NS put a pair of the F units on display for Altoona Railfest this year. Here they are on the turntable at the Altoona Railroaders' Memorial Museum.


Photographer: Tom Granville
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: October 4, 2008
Description: NS OCS 955 glides across the OC Bridge just west of downtown Pittsburgh. The OC Bridge is nearly a mile long and is quite impressive to cross on a train. Yours truly is conductor on this trip from Altoona to Conway. The consists is ABBA, plus 9 cars.


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Location: Salvisa, KY
Date: May 4, 2008
Description: Gordon Brandonburg and Robert James posed their restored Farmall tractors with the outbound derby train deadhead move.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Barree, PA
Date: October 8, 2008
Description: On the return trip back east, the 955 OCS is seen blasting through Spruce Creek Tunnel and crossing the Little Juniata River.


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Location: Salvisa, KY
Date: April 26, 2009
Description: Newly restored Southern 401 poses with NS 4270 at the Monticello RR Museum. This was the second year that NS sent a pair of F units to the museum for their annual railfan day.


Photographer: Austin MacDougall
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Date: May 6, 2010
Description: NS 4270, 999, and the exhibit car are westbound on the former Reading RR Lurgan Branch on their way to National Train Day at Washington D.C.


Photographer: E.M. Bell
Location: Monticello, IL
Date: September 18, 2010
Description: The westbound Kentucky Derby train passes over a creek at Salvisa on the way to Louisville, KY.


Photographer: Dustin Grizzle
Location: Augusta, GA
Date: April 4, 2011
Description: It's not every day you see 4270 and 4271 side-by-side. The masters special was split in two and a pair of F units is on each half.


Photographer: Tony Kimmel
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: August 25, 2011
Description: The NS OCS passes famous Alto tower on its way back to the Juniata Shops where the equipment is stored and maintained after a trip to visit the Pan Am Railway.


Photographer: Brock Kerchner
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Date: March 27, 2013
Description: An entire 17-car OCS train is in view here crossing the Susquehanna River on the former Reading Company bridge at Harrisburg on the NS Lurgan Branch.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Mt. Union, PA
Date: April 16, 2014
Description: Train 956 is seen crossing the Juniata River on one of the taller stone arch bridges on the PRR main line. It's empty and returning to Altoona.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Tipton, PA
Date: May 9, 2014
Description: 955 was the symbol used for this Latrobe to Harrisburg train seen at the vintage PRR signals at Tipton. Upon arrival at Harrisburg, the train was turned on a wye and deadheaded back to Altoona later that evening.


Photographer: L.R. Myers
Location: Spencer, NC
Date: May 28, 2014
Description: A short office car special with just the two F9As is parked in the yard at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The train would provide lodging for NS employee volunteers for the event.


Photographer: Andrew Gipe Sr
Location: Duncannon, PA
Date: December 20, 2015
Description: The OCS is seen returning to Altoona for winter storage passing the former PRR passenger station at Duncannon with the Susquehanna in the background.


Photographer: Ian Hapsias
Location: Huntingdon, PA
Date: April 14, 2016
Description: The trees next to Hunt tower are working toward spring bloom as train 956 rolls through Huntingdon with six office cars.


Copyright 2008-2017 L.R. Myers. All rights reserved.

Back to AltoonaWorks Photo Galleries
Back to AltoonaWorks.info