Month: November 2020

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Southern Railways #4501 “Mikado type” 2-8-2 steam locomotive was 1st in her class!

Literally, she was the 1st of 185 Mikado 2-8-2 steam freight locomotives ordered by Southern Railways from the Baldwin Locomotive works back in 1911. Mainly used as a freight hauler, #4501 saw many years of reliable service.

Her most recent restoration was completed in 2014, including upgrades to her feedwater heater and a automatic stoker.

Some quick facts about Southern #4501:

  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • Build Date: 1911
  • Driver diameters: 63 inches
  • Locomotive weight: 272,900 lbs
  • Class type: Mikado 2-8-2

Currently owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the Southern #630 is a ex-Southern Railway Steam locomotive that underwent a thorough 10 year restoration at the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Soule Shops. The restoration was so involved that it even included the frame work and complete running gear. She was able to return to service in 2011.

Some quick facts about Southern #630

  • Builder: American Locomotive Company
  • Build date: 1904
  • configuration: 2-8-0
  • Locomotive weight: 214,000 lbs
  • Fuel: coal
  • Class: Consolidation type Ks-1

Let us know if you have ever taken an excursion behind this classic steam engines! We would love to hear about your experience!

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Updated: November 30, 2020 — 7:58 pm

Southern #401 Photo Excursion

Southern Railway #401 at the Monticello Railway Museum

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Baldwin Locomotive company manufactured TANKS including the M4 Sherman for World War II ?

The Baldwin Locomotive works sold locomotives to Southern states prior to the Civil War. Consequently, when war broke out, the Union military ordered “war trains” to help with movement of troops and equipment. This is why you will see recreations and replicas of these engines in countless movies about the Civil War in America.

Quick facts about Southern Railways #401

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  • Rail Line: originally built for the Alabama Asphalt & Limestone Company
  • Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works – 1907
  • Locomotive: Baldwin 401 H-4 Class consolidation
  • Wheel arrangement: 2-8-0
  • Tractive effort: 36,827 lbf
  • Purpose: mixed short line freight and switcher duty
  • If you’ve ever taken a ride behind the 401 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!

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    Updated: November 30, 2020 — 4:16 pm

    SP #4449 Christmas Train

    How much time and how many lights do you think it took to decorate her?

    Rolled out for numerous Holiday Special runs in 2018, unfortunately, there will be no excursions this year….

    Back in her heyday, SP #4449 runs included the coast route along the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to San Francisco and on to Portland, Oregon. Called the Southern Pacific “Daylight“, she could make this 470 mile run totally during daylight hours due to her ability to go 100 mph!

    Quick Facts

    • Rail Line: Southern Pacific
    • Train Name: SP steam engine 4449 Northern Type
    • Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive GS-4
    • Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
    • Maximum speed: 100 MPH
    • Locomotive and tender weight: 870,000 lbs
    • Nickname: The Coast Daylight – Los Angeles to San Francisco and Portland

    Let us know if you have ever had the chance to see SP 4449 on one her Christmas excursion runs! We would love to hear about your experience!

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    Updated: November 30, 2020 — 3:09 pm