North & South

The first paint scheme introduced, shortly after CSX indicated they would not be painting CSX on any locomotives, was the "Blue and Grey" scheme - linking North and South - with the corporate name "CSX Transportation" later shortened to just "CSX". This GP40-2 is waiting in the Elk Yard in South Charleston, WV in 1988.

Old Timer

This slightly simplified scheme with blue trucks and fuel tank looks nice on one of the last GE U30C's in Montgomery, AL in late 1992. All the U-boats have since been retired and even the later "Dash 7's" are getting rare.


The most boring and cheapest paint scheme applied by CSX was dubbed "Stealth" by railfans. It was nearly invisible in fog or rain and was fortunately abandoned. This C40-8 on its way to New Orleans through Biloxi, MS in 1990 also wears Italic numbers like all the other "Dash 8's" from GE.


This GP30M, one of the few rebuilt and not converted to Road Slugs, wears the added yellow side stripes and nose paint applied to many of the early "Blue and Grey" and "Stealth" schemes. This unit is switching a long train in the lower yard in Parkersburg, WV in late 1992.


During the 1992 Campaign, President Bush traveled by rail behind a specially painted GE CW40-8. This "Wide Cab" locomotive, renumbered from 7812 to 1992, wore a modified "Bright Future" scheme with Flags painted on both sides. Here it waits in Russel, KY while the passenger cars get water.


Here the POTUS train receives its first of two flags on the front and will later have the Seal of the President Of The United States applied to each side. The train will shortly depart Russel for Ohio across the huge Limeville bridge.

Lightning Bolt

The first AC powered CW44AC wears the distinctive lighting bolt of all the locomotives in its class. The first units were originally numbered in the 9100's with the CW44-8's in the 9000's. To differentiate the AC from the DC units they were renumbered and given the lightning bolts. The GE "Wide Cab" units, though different inside, have only a few noticable differences on the outside.


Many of the older GP38's and U-Boats now wear the bright orange and black Maintenance of Way scheme along with new numbers. But you're just as likely to see one in road service as on maintenance duty. This GP38 rests on the wye at St. Albans, WV in 1995. Note the new concrete ties on the Coal River line.


While most US railroads are trying to phase out the caboose, some backing movements still require them. This rebuilt Family Lines transfer caboose wears the earlier CSX scheme in Pensacola, FL in 1992.


This former Chessie System caboose in Shelby, KY wears the "Operation Lifesaver" scheme on one side...


...and the "Operation Redblock" on the other. Cabooses are non-revenue cars and have low repaint priority. Many older schemes can still be found in abundance.