When this project first started, the goal was simple; create a GP40-2 and a slug locomotive in NS livery for Railworks. However, as time passed, things got a little more complicated, and due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to table the locomotive due to licensing issues. Rather than stop the project completely though, we went after other licensing opportunities that became available.
Now, we have come full circle, and yesterday we were able to sign off on a preliminary licensing agreement with Norfolk Southern Corporation. After the final approval, this licensing will allow us to produce content for railroad simulators and games bearing the marks of Norfolk Southern and all of the predecessor railroads to which it owns the marks.
We have already chosen the road names that will be featured in the first NS GP40 pack: Norfolk Southern, NS Operation Lifesaver, Conrail, Norfolk and Western, Southern Railway, and Reading. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and certain liveries may not be practical to produce, so we need an alternate choice out of the available road names. Along with an NS Product page, we will be posting a poll that will allow you, the railfans, to vote on which road name you would like to see as an alternate when the package finally resumes production.