Posted by Troy Staten on January 20, 2013 
That is some wild styling. Thanks for posting the photo.
Posted by AtlantaRails on January 20, 2013 
An incredibly rare shot, especially in color! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by FSWood on January 21, 2013 
Streamlined steam is always welcome.
Posted by Ron Flanary on January 21, 2013 
It was actually the only 4-6-2 (or any other engine) fully streamlined on the Southern (a few engines got some fancy skirts, but not full streamlining). The engine was dolled up in 1941 for the Washington-New Orleans "Tennessean." The 1380 handled the Washington-Monroe, VA r/t on numbers 45 and 46. Out of work on this run by 1948, it ended up working out of Atlanta later in its career---just another Ps-4 by then.
Posted by on January 21, 2013 
What an Art Deco beauty! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by John Dziobko on January 21, 2013 
A truly great shot. Wonderful to see. Many thanks.
Posted by Paul Flaherty on January 21, 2013 
There is something about streamlined locomotives that I love and this is a truly beautiful example. My references do not mention any streamlining being done by Southern, but Iím glad they did. The idea of the famous green and gold colors came from a trip by Southernís president Fairfax Harrison to London in 1925 and seeing the London & North Eastern Railway there. The color scheme started with the delivery of the 1926 group of Southernís Ps-4ís which became an immediate success and was applied shortly to all their passenger locomotives.
Posted by FSWood on January 21, 2013 
I'd read long time back in several places that it was the UK Southern Railway's green that inspired him to use the green on US Southern Railway.
Posted by paul catapano on January 21, 2013 
To me this is a great shot, because it teach's me something I had no idea existed. I love photos like this.
Posted by Colin Buckowski on January 21, 2013 
great photo! reminds me of the Lehigh Valleys' Black Diamond
Posted by thefarmersson on January 24, 2013 
When I first seen this photo I had never seen a Southern Railway Streamlined steam locomotive. Does anyone know the history of this locomotive. Meaning, was this just a test locomotive to pull the Crescent maybe? Was it ever used at all. Thanks for posting it Mr. Nicks!!
Posted by on January 24, 2013 
Interesting but ugly. No wonder the south lost the war.....
Posted by pjflstc on January 24, 2013 
Is it me or does it look similair to N&W's #611? Very similiar nosework and lines. They are beautiful locomotives.
Posted by thefarmersson on January 24, 2013 
The comment about the South losing The War of Northern Aggression is totally not the issue with the photo above. Besides, the person that made the comment was afraid to post thier user name. Kinda of funny that some is brave to post something and then scared to take credit. Anyway, the design is unusual for the Southern Railway. However I believe that New York Central, Milwaukee Road, and others, used a design very similar and they wer considered amazing. Also kinda funny how two south based railroads bought the famous Yankee railroads. Something to think about. So...did the south really lose the war or just play dead and then take over the north without firing another shot?!
Posted by captain_canuck on January 25, 2013 
That has to be the coolest train I've ever seen!
Posted by captain_canuck on January 25, 2013 
A rather ridiculous comment to be sure!
Posted by Dave Young on January 25, 2013 
If I am not mistaken this design was created by the famous designer Raymond Lowey. He designed Studebakers, the Coke bottle, and other things, like trains.
Posted by autorack1 on January 25, 2013 
What an incredible sight this must have been thank you for this amazing photo
Posted by Ray Peacock on February 13, 2013 
How many color shots of this engine are floating around out there? Not many, if any. That's one of the things that make this such an incredible upload. To me, as an unabashed Yankee boy from the midwest, the Southern Railway was the Pennsy of the southeastern region of the lower 48. The other standard railroad. My first exposure to the Southern was a visit to Asheville, and Spencer, N.C. It sticks with you, really. Thanks for posting this.
Posted by John J on June 4, 2014 
Wow what a photo! When I was a kid my grandfather had a New York Central toy of the first streamliners. I remember thinking how it was so ugly and didn't look like any of the E's and F's I knew from that day that I loved! Now I'm in my 40's and just this year I got back into trains. I have learned that that toy was really modeled after a real locomotive. Had it been made after this picture I'm sure I would have loved it!
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