Locomotive Hand-Painted to Honor Veterans

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – It’s been a picture perfect day at CSX railroad in Huntington. A new locomotive is being unveiled and it has a more commanding, honorable look now – hand painted in digital camo with the nation’s birthday.  

Eric Hendrickson and his team at CSX came up with the idea in November 2018. Hendrickson explained why they wanted to remember veterans, especially those he works with, in this way. 

“It’s important to thank your veterans for your freedom and teach your children that it’s important to thank them and that people do sacrifice and some ultimately sacrifice their freedoms for us to stay free,” Hendrickson said.

One by one veterans pointed to their names on a list below the branch that they served and then enjoyed the view. 

“Biggest thing is I like to see the pride on the employees faces and it’s important we recognize our veterans,” Hendrickson said. 

Phillip Ball is a machinist at CSX and served in the Navy for 30 years. He explained how the military life taught him about sacrifice.  

“My second son, I missed his birth. I left when his mother was pregnant and I came back and she handed me a six-month-old son I had never seen before,” Ball said. “I hope when people see that they take a couple minutes and think about the people that put their hearts and effort into this type of work and also the military appreciation for what they’ve done and what they continue to do every day.”

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