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Normally I can figure out what I’m looking at, as far as equipment, but one I encountered recently has me stumped. I was sitting at a grade crossing, and one of the locomotives in the consist was a strange looking one. It was painted reddish-orange, had a road number but no road name, with reporting initials that I didn’t have anything to write down with or on. It was on the Yadkin Valley connecting branch from Norfolk Southern from Salem yard to Rural Hall, NC.
The engine resembles a late model SD70 series, with a pair of fans at the rear, and what looked like the dynamic fan behind them. On the center of the long hood was a cowl that resembles what we used to see on some old SP SD45s with the elephant ear radiator shrouds that extended downward from the roofline toward the handrails along the walkway.
This may or may not be enough to identify it, and I’ve been kicking myself for not at least writing down the reporting marks on the thing for later.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a lease unit, and the paint on it was almost obscenely clean, fresh and shiny.
Any ideas on this? I know most of us love a good mystery.


That looks very much like what I saw.
Also, looking over more of their fleet, several units are on either YVRR or other siblings of the company. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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