RailPictures.Net Photo: SOU 2926 Southern Railway EMD E8(A) at Austell, Georgia by Collection of Ron Flanary
 
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Southern Railway (more..)
EMD E8(A) (more..)
Austell (more..)
Austell, Georgia, USA (more..)
December, 1952
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SOU 2926 (more..)
SOU 47 (more..)
Collection of Ron Flanary (more..)
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Southern's streamlined "Southerner" made its debut in 1941 as an all-coach train between Washington and New Orleans. Rather than follow the more traditional route south of Atlanta (with the West Point Route and L&N completing the run from there through Montgomery and Mobile), the new service followed an all-Southern route via Birmingham and Meridian--the same route for today's Amtrak version of the "Crescent." Here, westbound 47 rolls through a curve into Austell, Georgia behind green E-8 number 2926. The engine's front coupler shroud is still in place at this date, but such fancy items would soon be discarded out of a sense of practicality. Normally, a single E-8 handled 47/48 between Atlanta and New Orleans. The 2926 would later be renumbered to 6903. After Southern joined Amtrak in 1979--soon putting its remaining E8 fleet out of work--the 6903 was sold to New Jersey DOT, where she ran for a little longer as the 4333. (original photo by the late Dick Sharpless)
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