Hot Water posted:
Don't know where you came up with that photo but, it is definitely NOT a correct N&W passenger "Red Bird" GP9. Maybe that is a photo of the "fake unit" at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, in Spencer, NC.
The above locomotive is indeed an original Redbird that resides at VMT in Roanoke. If you notice in the above photo the air reservoir is above the fuel/water tank. There are access holes in the frame sill. The combined tank is much bigger than a standard GP9. I agree the number boards are incorrect and need to be black, also the logo on the cab should have the black background.
The 620 below that resides at Spencer is a fake Redbird. Notice the air reservoirs at the end of the fuel tank are transverse. This was the standard freight arrangement.
A better shot of a Redbird in service: