The Juniata Paint Shop


The names Altoona and Juniata have always been significant in the locomotive repair industry since PRR days. Probably the most noticable display of Juniata's fine workmanship, particularly in terms of quality and durability, is the work done by the paint shop personnel. After an April 1981 fire destroyed a neighboring building to the existing paint shop, Conrail seized an apportinity and built a brand new, modern, state-of-the-art, paint shop next to the former paint shop. Completed in 1982, this new paint shop has enabled Conrail, and now Norfolk Southern, to keep durable coats of paint on their locomotive fleet. There have been many outside contracts solely for the purpose of a repaint. Since at least 1994, the Juniata paint shop has used only Dupont Imron paint, an extremely durable, and expensive paint. Just look at how well the paint is holding up on the 14-year-old (as of 2009) SD60Is that are still blue.

The first step is cleaning. This normally takes two men 10 hours to ready a locomotive for sanding. Second, it takes about 90 man-hours to sand down a locomotive to the metal. There is usually some amount of body putty applied to units being repainted. From primer to stenciling, it takes about 18 hours to paint an entire locomotive inside and out. The capacity of the Juniata Paint Shop is 16 engines per month.

Pictured here are just a handful of the thousands of locomotives painted by the Juniata Paint Shop.


Dark Green Locomotive Enamel (aka Brunswick Green) | Tuscan Red


Work In Progress - Looking for any unusual paint schemes applied at the Juniata Shops

CR 6288, United Way
Paint Date:
Photo Date:
One of two power cars made at Juniata out of an SW1 for use on ballast trains in the PC era.
Photo by Kermit Geary Jr.
Paint Date: July 1973
Photo Date: August 1973
PC 5230, one of the first two of Penn Central's RS-3M rebuilds rests in Rose Yard at Altoona. This unit is the only one that got a 'chopped' nose. The first PC RS-3M had its nose completely removed.
Photo by Dick Bregler
Paint Date: May 1979
Photo Date: 1984
One of the Juniata-rebuilt RS-3Ms is seen shifting in the Hollidaysburg yard.
Photo by Dick Bregler
Paint Date:
Photo Date:
When PRR 1361 was removed from display at the Horseshoe Curve in the early 1980's, this GP9 took its place. Conrail painted it up in PRR colors, but it has since been repainted.
Photo by William Davis Jr
Paint Date: before April 1986
Photo Date: July 1989
Conrail SD40 6300 wearing the "Buy and Hold US Savings Bonds" lettering.
Photo by Gordon Lloyd Jr
Paint Date: c.1988
Photo Date: c.1988
Former Conrail 9251 (nee Detroit Terminal) NW2 repainted for new owner Juniata Terminal Company. This 1947-built EMD is now NIWX 9251.
Photo by Don Oltmann
Paint Date: c.1984-91
Photo Date: June 1991
Point Comfort & Northern GP38 #16 is a former PC and CR unit.
Photo by Randy Smith
Paint Date: August 1990
Photo Date: August 1990
Amtrak 415 is one of the group of six former GO Transit F40PHs which Amtrak bought. Before entering service on Amtrak, they were sent to the Juniata Shops to get dynamic brake and cab a/c added as well as other Amtrak-specific tidbits.
Conrail photo
Paint Date: c.1990
Photo Date: December 1993
Conrail SD50 6707 helps to support our troops during Desert Storm.
Photo by Gordon Lloyd Jr
Paint Date: c.1991
Photo Date:
Specially painted load test unit Q1.
Photo by Gerry Carry
Paint Date:
Photo Date: September 1993
Special Philadelphia Division decal.
Photo by Bill Hough
Paint Date: March 1983 (originally)
Photo Date: October 1998
Juniata painted all three Executive E8s. CR 4022 is seen here on display next to the power plant.
Photo by Mark Wurst
Paint Date: 1991
Photo Date: December 2012
Restored to PRR colors for the RR Museum of PA by the Juniata Shops.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: June 1992
Photo Date: 1994
CR 6726 SD50 carries a special paint scheme for the USCF Olympic Road Trials which were held in Altoona.
Photo by Gary Dryhouse
Paint Date: June 1992
Photo Date: September 1992
CR 6373 SD40-2 also wears the same special scheme as 6726 above. 6373 was a helper.
Photo by Mark Wurst
Paint Date: 1993
Photo Date: February 2011
U.S. Army 4635 GP9M was rebuilt from CSXT 1744 GP16, originally built for SAL.
Photo by William Grimes
Paint Date: September 1993
Photo Date: October 1993
FEC 442 and 443 pose outside the Juniata Testshed.
Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik/CRHS
Paint Date: November 1993
Photo Date: November 1993
This former MGA unit has just been upgraded from a B23-7R to a B30-7R and repainted.
Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik/CRHS
Paint Date: November 1993
Photo Date: December 1993
This NJ Transit GP40PH-2B was extensively rebuilt from a Conrail GP40.
Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik/CRHS
Paint Date: September 1994
Photo Date: September 1994
A Conrail C40-8W sits east of the paint shop.
Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik/CRHS
Paint Date: March 1995
Photo Date: March 1995
Point Comfort & Northern 14 MP15DC departing Altoona on a power move.
Photo by Andy Charlesworth
Paint Date: March 1995
Photo Date: March 1995
This MT-4 slug was retired just 7 months after it was painted.
Photo by Terry Nardella, collection of Steve Ondik/CRHS
Paint Date: August 1995
Photo Date: May 2007
This is one of several SD60I's built in Altoona under contract for EMD and Conrail in 1994 and 1995.
Paint Date: 1995
Photo Date: May 2003
In 1995 Conrail sold three GP8s and one GP10 to the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad. The four classic units were repainted at Juniata before being sent to the NBER.
Photo by Andy Charlesworth
Paint Date: Fall 1995
Photo Date: Fall 1995
In 1995 Conrail sold three GP8s and one GP10 to the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad. The four classic units were repainted at Juniata before being sent to the NBER.
Photo by Mark Wurst
Paint Date: 1995
Photo Date: October 1995
San Diego & Imperial Valley 5537 is a former Conrail GP38 repainted by Juniata.
Photo by Paul Tupaczewski
Paint Date: 1995
Photo Date: October 1995
PW 2211 is on display after an overhaul and new fresh paint.
Photo by Paul Tupaczewski
Paint Date: September 1995
Photo Date: October 1995
A freshly painted SD50 is on display for Railfest 1995.
Photo by Paul Tupaczewski
Paint Date: March 1996
Photo Date:
Juniata painted the SD80MAC's in a new paint scheme to make them stand out from DC traction units.
Photo by Al Moran
Paint Date: Fall 1996
Photo Date: November 2011
Here's M&D 801 still looking pretty good 15 years after Juniata painted her in this special "Conrail Express" scheme.
Photo by Al Moran
Paint Date: October 1996
Photo Date: October 1996
Amtrak 5 is one of 115 Amtrak P42DCs painted at the Juniata Shops. Here it is on display for Railfest.
Photo by Tom Trencansky
Paint Date: October 1997
Photo Date: October 1997
This NJ Transit F40PH-2CAT was converted from a F40PH-2.
Photo by Ralph Bonnano
Paint Date: May 1997
Photo Date: December 2012
The last existing E7 was cosmetically restored by the Juniata Shop after it was saved from the scrapper's torch. PRR 5901 is a display at the RR Museum of PA.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: April 1998
Photo Date: May 1998
Only a month old, Conrail 4136 is seen at Selkirk, NY.
Photo by Bob Thamsen
Paint Date: May 1998
Photo Date: October 2003
This blue SD70MAC is working for CSXT.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 1998
Photo Date: May 1998
Conrail 4141 fresh from the paint shop.
Photo by Roger Durfee
Paint Date: September 1998
Photo Date: September 1998
Built and freshly painted in Altoona, NS 2574 is on display next to the General Office Building. This group of SD70s were the last engines to get real Conrail blue.
Photo by Ralph Bonnano
Paint Date: November 1998
Photo Date: November 1998
BNSF SD70MAC built at Juniata.
Photo by Roger Durfee
Paint Date: November 1999
Photo Date: April 2002
An SD60I painted in the previous NS paint scheme.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date:
Photo Date: September 2004
One of 27 P32AC-DMs completed for Metro-North at Juniata in the 1990s These units were slowly being rebuilt by GE in the late 2000s and repainted at Juniata into a more pleasing scheme.
Photo by David Sommer
Paint Date: March 2000
Photo Date: March 2000
ARR SD70MAC built at Juniata.
Photo by Roger Durfee
Paint Date: Fall 2000
Photo Date: October 2000
NS overhauled and repainted many former Conrail GP38-2 for CSXT after the breakup of Conrail.
Photo by Jeff Lubchansky
Paint Date: Fall 2000
Photo Date: October 2000
FAIX leasing bought these units after other plans fell through. These are former Conrail units.
Photo by Jeff Lubchansky
Paint Date: Fall 2000
Photo Date: October 2000
JBS overhauled and repainted several former SP units for Union Pacific.
Photo by Jeff Lubchansky
Paint Date: January 2002
Photo Date: April 2007
This is a standard NS repaint in the former NS paint scheme.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: July 2002
Photo Date: July 2006
NS 3329 was Conrail's first SD40-2. It was painted Maersk as a promotion for a new intermodal facility in California.
Photo by R.J. Vitchner
Paint Date: June 2002
Photo Date: December 2012
Conrail 2233 GP30 at the RR Museum of PA was went to the Juniata Shops in 2002 for fresh paint.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: October 2004
Photo Date: November 2004
One of a handful of GP38H-3 rebuilds for Amtrak.
Photo by Stevan Roberts
Paint Date: November 2004
Photo Date: November 2004
Five B36-7s were overhauled and bulletproofed for El Cerrejon-Zona Norte of Columbia. Juniata did three including this one.
Photo by Fred Shook
Paint Date: August 2006
Photo Date: August 2006
During the summer of 2006, Juniata completed, tested, and painted ten UP SD70ACe's under contract from EMD.
Photo by Mike Breen
Paint Date: March 2007
Photo Date: July 2008
Two NS F units on display at the Railroader's Museum for Railfest.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2007
Photo Date: June 2007
A handful of Juniata's GP38-2's and GP38-3's have received Operation Lifesaver decals. It's been a while since any units have received them.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: November 2007
Photo Date: March 2008
The last GP38-2 rebuild for RJ Corman sits at Cresson.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: March 2008
Photo Date: March 2008
WRIX 1886 is formerly NS 59, one of the SD9Ms.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: July 2008
Photo Date: July 2008
Two of the OCS F units and one of the completed RP14BDB's was placed on display for 2008 Railfest. Here is the first look at the cabless remote genset switcher.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: June 2008
Photo Date: August 2008
BDRV 9581 is the former NS 58, an SD9M.
Photo by Andrew Blaszczyk
Paint Date: June 2008
Photo Date: June 2010
Norfolk Southern's original research "slug" got a major overhaul in 2008 which including major electrical work and the addition of a cab for computer equipment.
Photo by Nikos Kavoori
Paint Date: October 2008
Photo Date: October 2008
WRIX 50 is ex-NS 50, another SD9M sold off.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: December 2008
Photo Date: July 2010
MET 2000 was rebuilt from a GreenGoat by Juniata.
Photo by Stephie Kolata
Paint Date: 2008/2009
Photo Date: May 2009
The Metro-North P32AC-DMs were overhauled by GE in Erie, then shipped to Altoona for paint.
Photo by Brent van Dorp
Paint Date: July 2009
Photo Date: August 2010
NS decided they needed a second research "slug" and built NS 38 at the Juniata Shops on an SD40 frame.
Photo by Scott Ikemeyer
Paint Date: August 2009
Photo Date: May 2010
NS 999 BP4, the experimental battery-powered yard locomotive.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: October 2010
Photo Date: October 2010
This new Railpower RP20BD is for the Port of Montreal. It was shipped as RPRX 1001 because POM has no reporting marks.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: October 2010
Photo Date: October 2010
NS 54 has been sold to the Winchester & Western as their number 954. Here it is after an overhaul and paint job.
Photo by Andy Charlesworth
Paint Date: January 2011
Photo Date: February 2011
NS 103 is leased to Virginia International Terminals.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: February 2011
Photo Date: June 2011
FMG 903 is one of four former Union Pacific SD90MAC-Hs overhauled and repainted in the US for Fortesque Metals Group in Australia. Juniata did two of these, 901 and 903. The remaining 5 units of FMG's order were repowered with 16-710G engines by the Juniata Shops.
Photo by Toad Montgomery
Paint Date: March 2011
Photo Date: 2011
CSXT 1603 is a new Railpower RP20CD built at Juniata on an SD40 frame.
Photo by Jody Moore
Paint Date: September 2011
Photo Date: September 2011
FMG 905 SD9043MAC on the "display track" at the Juniata Shops.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: November 2011
Photo Date: December 2011
CEFX 1557 is former NS 2231. It's one of the few SW1500s to actually get an entire repaint after being sold.
Photo by Tony Kimmel
Paint Date: November 2011
Photo Date: December 2011
CSXT 965 is one of a batch of brand new GEs painted into CSX colors for GE.
Photo by Tony Kimmel
Paint Date: March 2012
Photo Date: March 2012
The first 30th anniversary NS heritage unit is fresh from the Juniata Paint Shop in this photo.
Photo by Tony Kimmel
Paint Date: March 2012
Photo Date: April 2012
The Nickel Plate Road heritage unit also debuted in March and it's seen here after making a few runs.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: April 2012
Photo Date: April 2012
UPY 893 was the last of a seven unit order for Union Pacific. UP calls them RP20SD, but Railpower calls it an RP20CD.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: April 2012
Photo Date: April 2012
The Norfolk & Western heritage unit debuted in April.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: April 2012
Photo Date: May 2012
The Standard Heritage Unit of the World, NS 8102.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: April 2012
Photo Date: April 2012
The Lehigh Valley heritage unit, NS 8104.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2012
Photo Date: May 2012
Yet another heritage unit? Not quite. This GP38 belongs to the North Shore RR. It would get its trucks overhauled before being sent back to its owner without lettering.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: July 2012
Photo Date: July 2012
NS sold a few SW1500s to the North Shore RR. They were spruced up and repainted at the Juniata Shops but shipped out without lettering. NSHR shops did the lettering.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: November 2012
Photo Date: November 2012
Norfolk Southern honoring our veterans.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: December 2012
Photo Date: December 2012
CIND 2001 RP20BD is the first Rail America family locomotive to get the G&W orange, yellow, and black scheme.
Photo by Kyle McKerrow
Paint Date: March 2013
Photo Date: March 2013
DGNO 145 RP20BD seen in good sun.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: March 2013
Photo Date: March 2013
NS 4650 GP59E features a short nose version of the Admiral cab.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2013
Photo Date: May 2013
NS 2423 MP21E is different from MP15Es. This unit is equipped with a turbocharged 12-645 engine and a larger radiator. It's tier 2 and rated 2100 hp.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: Aug/Sep 2013
Photo Date: June 2014
Juniata overhauled and repainted two CEFX GP38-2s last year.
Photo by Dustin Faust
Paint Date: December 2013
Photo Date: December 2013
CEFX 6001 is one of several former SOO SD60s overhauled and repainted for CIT.
Photo by Dustin Faust
Paint Date: February 2014
Photo Date: March 2013
NS 6963 SD60E wears special GoRail decals.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: April 2014
Photo Date: April 2014
It's not often the Juniata Paint Shop does equipment other than locomotives, but it does happen. Here's the freshly painted Conrail 21313.
Photo by Dustin Faust
Paint Date: April 2014
Photo Date: April 2014
CEFX 1568 and 1569, both former NS/CR SW1500s.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: March 2015
Photo Date: April 2015
NS 4718 GP33ECO. This unit started life as a GP50 and was completely stripped down and rebuilt as a practically new locomotive. These GP33ECOs have similar specs as the GP59E rebuilds.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2015
Photo Date: May 2015
NS 5070 GP38-2, former highhood now with a low-nose Admiral cab.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2015
Photo Date: May 2015
NS 911, Honoring First Responders unit.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: May 2015
Photo Date: May 2015
Union Pacific 6944 DDA40X fresh from the Juniata Paint Shop after a cosmetic restoration.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: June 2015
Photo Date: August 2015
BRC 150 MP15AC was rebuilt from BRC 534 MP15DC and repainted.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: September 2015
Photo Date: September 2015
UP 5594 had some pretty bad wreck damage. The body repairs were done by Curry Rail Servies. Mechanical and electrical repairs were done at the Juniata Shops as well as repainting.
Photo by Dustin Faust
Paint Date: October 2015
Photo Date: November 2015
NS 8506 Dash 8.5-40CW rebuilt from a C40-8 at Roanoke and repainted at Altoona.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: November 2015
Photo Date: November 2015
Rebuilt from a GP38 several years ago, NS 5642 emerged in a new "Training First Responders" scheme.
Photo by J.B. Kerr
Paint Date: July 2016
Photo Date: July 2016
MNCW 231 is painted like a New Haven FL9. Yes the reporting mark is MNCW and not CDOT for some reason. All of the Metro-North and CDOT P32AC-DMs have been through Juniata at least once. They were overhauled by GE and sent to Altoona for paint.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: August 2016
Photo Date: August 2016
NS 4004 is the first AC44C6M rebuild done at Altoona.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: August 2016
Photo Date: September 2016
NS 4002 is the first AC44C6M rebuild done at Roanoke. It was painted at Altoona since Roanoke has no paint shop and Chattanooga's paint shop is currently closed.
Photo by L.R. Myers
Paint Date: January 2017
Photo Date: February 2017
RNCX 102 is a cab control unit rebuilt from an F59PH
Photo by L.R. Myers


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