Trains.com
You have 7 views remaining.

Home / Railroads & Locomotives / Fallen Flags / Remembering Seaboard Air Line freight trains

Remembering Seaboard Air Line freight trains

By | March 17, 2021

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad is Classic Trains' Railroad of the Month for March 2021

Email Newsletter

Get the newest photos, videos, stories and more.

Streamlined and road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train

Diesel fan’s delight

Seaboard train 84 departs Montgomery, Alabama, in August 1959 with a remarkable consist of first-generation diesels: a Baldwin “Centipede,” an EMD F3A, an Alco FA1, and two Alco RS3s!

David W. Salter
Streamlined and road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train
Steam locomotive with freight train

The Courier in northwest Georgia

Seaboard 2-10-2 2492 wheels time freight 82, the Courier, east between Cedartown and Rockmart, Georgia, on March 20, 1948.

David W. Salter
Steam locomotive with freight train
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train

Score: Alco 6, EMD 1


At Wildwood, Florida, on Independence Day 1965, two new Alco C420s team up with three Alco RS3s, an EMD GP7, and an Alco FA on a 111-car Seaboard freight bound for Jacksonville.

Keith E. Ardinger
Road-switcher diesel locomotives with freight train
Steam locomotive on freight train

Set-off at Norlina

Seaboard 2-8-2 319, fronting the “Shorthaul 97” freight, gets ready to set off cars at Norlina, a few miles south of the Virginia-North Carolina line, in the 1940s.

Wiley M. Bryan
Steam locomotive on freight train
Two steam locomotives on freight train

Decapod doubleheader

Two Seaboard 2-10-0s — class D-3 No. 533 (Baldwin, 1930) and class D “Russian Decapod” No. 502 (Richmond, 1918) — smokily power freight train 82, the Alaga, east at Penia, Georgia, on September 30, 1947.

David W. Salter
Two steam locomotives on freight train
Road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train

Modern power for a piggyback hotshot

An EMD GP35, a GP30, and two Alco C420s whisk piggybacker TT-23 south at Hamlet, North Carolina, in March 1966.

J. David Ingles
Road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train
Steam locomotive on freight train

Local freight


Fireman and head brakeman eye the photographer from the cab of elderly (Baldwin, 1906) Consolidation No. 920 near Seville, Georgia, on the Seaboard’s Alabama Division on April 24, 1947. The 2-8-0 was built for the Georgia, Florida & Alabama, acquired by SAL in 1928.

David W. Salter
Steam locomotive on freight train
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train

Citrus-scheme FT set

Locomotive 4000, the first of Seaboard’s 22 FTA-B sets, passes the Emory University campus in Atlanta with a freight train.

Leonard A. McLean
Streamlined diesel locomotives with freight train
Road-switcher and streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train

Geep and F units

GP9 No. 1796 teams up with an FTA-B set and two F3As on Seaboard train 85, the Merchandiser, at Rockmart, Georgia, in March 1960.

David W. Salter
Road-switcher and streamlined diesel locomotives on freight train
Streamlined and road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train

E units on freight

E7A 3022 and an E7B lead three GP9s on the head end of Seaboard No. 75, departing Raleigh in 1959.

Wiley M. Bryan
Streamlined and road-switcher diesel locomotives on freight train

 

Join Classic Trains editors in celebrating the hustle and muscle showed in Seaboard Air Line Railroad freight trains. We hope you enjoy this photo gallery of images selected form the files of the David P. Morgan Library at Kalmbach Media.

One thought on “Remembering Seaboard Air Line freight trains

You must login to submit a comment