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Southern Railway locomotives remembered

By | June 17, 2022

The Southern Railway is Classic Trains' railroad of the month for June 2022

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Steam locomotive hauling a freight train.

Southern Railway locomotives: It’s time to celebrate the sleek lines and power of Southern Railway locomotives.

Green and white locomotive with railroad workers on the front.
Southern GP7 2195 shows off its original green body color as it works in the joint SOU-N&W yard at Bristol on August 8, 1956. Steve Patterson photo
Green and white locomotive with railroad workers on the front.
Steam locomotive with white plume hauling a long passenger train
Southern Ps-4 No. 6691 accelerates mail-and-express train 19 south after a stop at Alexandria, Virginia's station to change crews. In the background of this December 22, 1951, study of steam at speed is the landmark George Washington Masonic National Memorial. William E. Hopkins photo
Steam locomotive with white plume hauling a long passenger train
Steam locomotive hauling a freight train.
In a photo at Alexandria, Virginia, Southern 4-6-2 No. 6482 (numbered and sub-lettered for Southern subsidiary CNO&TP) heads into Alexandria with a mail-and-express train from the south on December 22, 1951. The well-attired man running the Ps-4 is likely a road foreman or some other official. William E. Hopkins photo
Steam locomotive hauling a freight train.
Steam locomotive switch engine in a rail yard.
Southern received 59 class As-11 USRA-design 0-8-0s during 1918–1926. Lima-built No. 1846 was from the final group, and was also the last Southern steam switcher at Alexandria, arriving in 1948. Local shop crews salvaged the “SR” smokebox emblem from a wrecked E7 diesel. William E. Hopkins photo
Steam locomotive switch engine in a rail yard.
Streamlined locomotives leading a passenger train.
A Southern FP7 and F3B are in charge of a 14-car, mostly heavyweight, northbound Birmingham Special on June 19, 1951. Passing through AF interlocking, No. 18 is moments away from its Alexandria station stop. William E. Hopkins photo
Streamlined locomotives leading a passenger train.
Streamlined locomotive at a small station.
The Asheville Special awaits departure time at the old Biltmore station in Asheville. The track at left is the line to Spartanburg, S.C., via Saluda. Frank Clodfelter photo
Streamlined locomotive at a small station.
Steamlined locomotive with short passenger train at a station.
Freight units and the Asheville Special rest beside the Washington–Atlanta main at the Salisbury depot on September 1, 1974. Curt Tillotson Jr. photo
Steamlined locomotive with short passenger train at a station.

Please enjoy this photo gallery selected from files in Kalmbach Media‘s David P. Morgan Library.

Each month since October 2019, Classic Trains editors have selected one Fallen Flag to honor. A Fallen Flag is a railroad whose name and heritage have succumbed to bankruptcy, merger, or abandonment, but whose memory lives on and well among railfans and historians today.

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