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Passenger Trains of the South Before Amtrak
A colorful and diverse group of railroads operated passenger trains in the South that ranged from speedy limiteds like the Panama Limited and Silver Meteor to regional and branchline services.
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Photo ID: 370511

Railroad: Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: RFP 1001
Train ID: Silver Meteor
Photo Date: April 29, 1970


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jul 31, 2011

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Photo ID: 369278

Northbound train #12 departing Winston-Salem Passenger Terminal bound for Roanoke behind 4-8-2 #116 in October 1953. Photo by Bob Drake, collection of Tom Sink.

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-2
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NW 116
Train ID: NW 12
Photo Date: October, 1953


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By: Bob Drake [Collection of Tom Sink]

Added: Jul 18, 2011

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Photo ID: 368415

The Asheville train at Salisbury behind a single FP7, June 1971.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6138
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1971


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By: Tom Sink

Added: Jul 10, 2011

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Photo ID: 366042

Dropping down Arrowhead grade south of Charlottesville. Notice difference in grille between lead unit and trailing FP7s. This train could only be shot in the long days of summer in light.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Hickory Hill, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6144
Train ID: Piedmont #6 nb
Photo Date: June, 1974


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: Jun 14, 2011

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Photo ID: 366041

Starting the climb up Arrowhead grade.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Teel, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6140
Train ID: Piedmont #5
Photo Date: January, 1973


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: Jun 14, 2011

Views: 4,475
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Photo ID: 365920

Eastbound C&O passenger train George Washington rounding the curve at Quinnimont with a C&O 2-6-6-2 resting to the right. Photo by Bob Drake from the Tom Sink Collection

Railroad: Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Quinnimont, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CO 4022
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 1954


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By: Bob Drake [Collection of Tom Sink]

Added: Jun 12, 2011

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Photo ID: 365801

E7s were common on the Birmingham Special in the late 1960s. The train still had a full diner and plenty of head end business -- running 17 cars this day. It was a tough choice in 1968 whether t... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Arrowhead, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: 2905
Train ID: Birmingham Special
Photo Date: June, 1968


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: Jun 11, 2011

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Photo ID: 365713

An especially long 20 car George Washington needed four E8s instead of the usual three

Railroad: Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Farmington, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CO 4025
Train ID: George Washington
Photo Date: May, 1968


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: Jun 11, 2011

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Photo ID: 365547

N&W Eastbound train #4 behind #604 at Lynchburg, VA in Jaunary 1957. Photo by Bob Drake from the Tom Sink Collection

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NW 604
Train ID: NW 4
Photo Date: January, 1957


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By: Bob Drake [Collection of Tom Sink]

Added: Jun 08, 2011

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Photo ID: 365540

Northbound train #6 rolling through Greensboro, NC || Sept 1974

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6134
Train ID: SOU 6
Photo Date: September, 1974


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By: Tom Sink

Added: Jun 08, 2011

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Photo ID: 364066

Nice to still find E6s in 1968!

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: EMD E6
Location: Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 503
Train ID: Everglades southboun
Photo Date: April, 1968


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: May 22, 2011

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Photo ID: 364062

Before the Crescent was combined with the Southerner to from Southern Crescent

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: 2923
Train ID: Crescent Limited
Photo Date: September, 1967


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: May 22, 2011

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Photo ID: 364033

Longer than usual consist for the Piedmont

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6142
Train ID: 5 Piedmont
Photo Date: November, 1973


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: May 22, 2011

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Photo ID: 364031

Cresting the grade with mail and express train

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Arrowhead, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6146
Train ID: SOU 221
Photo Date: January, 1968


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: May 22, 2011

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Photo ID: 363795

Running downgrade after cresting ruling grade of the Washington Division at Arrowhead

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Red Hill, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: 6144
Train ID: Piedmont
Photo Date: January, 1974


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By: Jeremy Plant

Added: May 19, 2011

Views: 3,136
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