RailPictures.Net Photo: SOU 4050 Southern Railway Steam 2-8-8-2 at Sunbright, Virginia by Collection of Ron Flanary
 
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Southern Railway (more..)
Steam 2-8-8-2 (more..)
Southern Appalachia Division (more..)
Sunbright, Virginia, USA (more..)
November 05, 1951
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SOU 4050 (more..)
SOU 62 (more..)
Collection of Ron Flanary (more..)
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Late in the steam era on Southern Railway, Ls-2 simple 2-8-8-2 4050 works the Bristol local upgrade just west of the crossing at Sunbright, VA. The grade is nearly two percent at this point. Both compound and simple 2-8-8-2s worked the tonnage coal trains on this division for many years, although the debute of "Big Sid"--an A-B-B-A set of F3s--in 1947 was the beginning of the end for steam. The last of the big engines ran here in 1952, and Southern was officially all-diesel the following summer. Natural Tunnel is just three miles ahead. (Rodney H. Peterson Photo)
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