Southern Passenger Locomotives

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The Vulcan was one of 6 such self-propelled cars that the Southern ran on lightly traveled lines. Others included the Fighting Joe Wheeler, the Goldenrod, and the Cracker.
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This was the paint scheme that EMC proposed to Southern for the E6s. Fortunately they cahnged the color scheme.
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The Southerner ran with a single E6A unit when service began in 1941.
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ALCO delivered 2 sets in 1941in the same paint scheme as the E6s.
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Even the DL109s made it into the simplified green scheme.
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This shot clearly shows many of the modifcations made to the E6s during the 1950s.
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No. 2919 was one of the first units to be delivered in the new simplified passenger paint scheme in 1949.
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Beginning in 1958 all Southern locomotives were painted in this black and imitation aluminum paint scheme.
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Witht eh advent of Amtrak the Soutehrn painted the E8s in the classic Southern green and gold paint scheme.
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During the 1970s Southern motive power was a lashup of 4 E8s in the green and gold livery.
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The Southern Crescent was the pride of the Southern. Those air tanks on the roof were referred to as torpedo tubes.
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Unit 6900 sits on the turntable at Spencer during this night photo session.

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6910 has the lead on the Crescent in this shot.
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Amtrak is waiting in the background for the Crescent.
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In later years the Southern painted over the lower headlight on the E8s.

Copyright Larry Puckett 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
Last revised: March 03, 2001