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Southern Railway passenger trains remembered

By | June 12, 2022

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A black and white profile view of two trains with workers nearby

Southern Railway passenger trains remembered

A black and white profile view of two trains with workers nearby
SR’s Crescent
New Orleans–Washington Crescent (foreground) with nameless Birmingham–Washington train 40 at Atlanta, June 1947.
James G. La Vake
A black and white profile view of two trains with workers nearby
A close up picture of a locomotive sitting on the track
SR’s Tennessean
Washington–Memphis Tennessean, tavern-lounge-observation No. 1150 Washington (Pullman-Standard, 1941).
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A close up picture of a locomotive sitting on the track
A black and white photo of a locomotive coming down the tracks with black smoke coming out of its chimney
SR’s Ponce de Leon
Cincinnati–Florida Ponce de Leon at Cordele, Ga., on Nov. 9, 1946.
David W. Salter
A black and white photo of a locomotive coming down the tracks with black smoke coming out of its chimney
A locomotive moving past trees
SR’s Crescent
New Orleans–Washington Crescent at Greenville, S.C., 1956.
I. W. King
A locomotive moving past trees
A black and white birds eye view of a train moving through mountains
SR’s Lonesome Pine Special
St. Charles–Bristol, Va., Lonesome Pine Special between Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, late 1930s.
K. Fannon coll.
A black and white birds eye view of a train moving through mountains
A locomotive crossing a skinny bridge
SR’s Southerner
New Orleans–Washington Southerner crossing Lake Pontchartrain east of New Orleans, c. 1940.
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A locomotive crossing a skinny bridge
A locomotive on the tracks
SR’s Washington-Atlanta-New Orleans Express
Washington–New Orleans Washington-Atlanta-New Orleans Express at Alexandria, Va., June 1937.
Walter H. Thrall Jr.
A locomotive on the tracks
A blue and yellow brochure for a diesel locomotive
SR’s Tennessean
Washington–Memphis Tennessean, brochure cover, 1941.
Southern Ry. Hist. Assn. coll.
A blue and yellow brochure for a diesel locomotive
A green locomotive coming down the tracks with black smoke coming out of its chimney
SR mail-and-express train 11
Pacific 1380, streamlined for the Tennessean in 1941, on mail-and-express train 11 at Reidsville, N.C., in August 1952.
Curt Tillotson coll.
A green locomotive coming down the tracks with black smoke coming out of its chimney
A close up photo of a locomotive with the conductor looking out the window
SR’s Vulcan
Birmingham, Ala.–Meridian, Miss., Vulcan, baggage-RPO motor and coach trailer, 1939.
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A close up photo of a locomotive with the conductor looking out the window
A green and white train passing by a restaurant
SR’s Carolina Special
Charleston, S.C.–Cincinnati Carolina Special cresting Saluda Grade at Saluda, N.C.
Linn H. Westcott
A green and white train passing by a restaurant
A green and white locomotive leaving a train station
SR’s Southern Crescent
Washington–New Orleans Southern Crescent departing Atlanta, late 1977.
Karl Zimmermann
A green and white locomotive leaving a train station
A black and white photo of a tavern lounge car sitting on the tracks
SR’s Southerner
New Orleans–Washington Southerner tavern-lounge-observation 1100, one of three (1100–1102) named Louisiana, built 1941.
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A black and white photo of a tavern lounge car sitting on the tracks
A back and white photo of two locomotives sitting on the tracks
SR’s Tennessean
Memphis–Washington Tennessean (left, with DL109-DL110-DL109 locomotives) at Memphis Union Station, August 1952.
James G. LaVake
A back and white photo of two locomotives sitting on the tracks
A black and white photo of a locomotive traveling through trees
SR’s Florida Sunbeam
Miami–Cincinnati Florida Sunbeam near Mableton, Ga., March 1949.
Shelby F. Lowe
A black and white photo of a locomotive traveling through trees
A black and white photo of horses approaching hay with a train in the background
SR’s Southerner
Washington–New Orleans Southerner at Manassas, Va., 1941.
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A black and white photo of horses approaching hay with a train in the background
A black and white photo of a locomotive passing a stop light
SR’s Crescent
New Orleans–Washington Crescent just north of Atlanta, late 1940s.
Leonard A. McClean
A black and white photo of a locomotive passing a stop light
A white placemat with a green and yellow train on it
SR’s Tennessean
Washington–Memphis Tennessean, placemat artwork, 1941.
Southern Ry. Hist. Assn. coll.
A white placemat with a green and yellow train on it
A black and white photo of a train turning a corner
SR’s Piedmont Limited
New Orleans–Washington Piedmont Limited, just north of Atlanta, late 1940s; Ps-4 Pacifics subbing for normally assigned diesels.
Leonard A. McClean
A black and white photo of a train turning a corner
A black and white picture of the back of a train
SR’s Asheville Special
Asheville–Salisbury, N.C., Asheville Special backing into Salisbury station, April 12, 1974.
Curt Tillotson Jr.
A black and white picture of the back of a train

All through June 2022, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the history and heritage of the Southern Railway. Please enjoy this Southern Railway passenger train photo gallery selected from the files in Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.

This gallery was first published in March 2019.

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2 thoughts on “Southern Railway passenger trains remembered

  1. My very first train ride was on the Southern as a Cub Scout in the 1956-57 time frame.The train ride itself was only about 15 miles. Out of the CUT, cross the Ohio River into Ludlow, KY and then up the hill to Erlanger.

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