Columbus & Greenville Railway

EMD Road Switchers

The Columbus & Greenville Railway emerged from Illinois Central Gulf control in 1974 beleaguered but determined to survive, once again through the efforts of local shippers making local decisions. The venerated Baldwins survived ICG control, but by the late 1970s were well past their ability to provide regular daily freight service from the hills to the Delta. As such, in 1978, the C&G purchased through a locomotive dealer six second-hand GP7 road switchers, all ex Florida East Coast locomotives. Retaining their FEC numbers, the new Geeps were quickly put to work handling the mainline pulls across the state. The arrival of the blue Geeps eventually spelled the end for most of the remaining Baldwins, although 601 and 606 could be found in switching service into the early 1980s. The 80s also brought two more batches of B-B road switchers to Columbus. The first came in the form of several ex Southern Railway GP9s, interesting units in that each had dynamic brakes added by Southern shops long after their construction. The second batch of new power turned out to be ten CF7s, all rebuilt from "covered wagons" in the mid 1970s by the Sante Fe's Cleburne (Texas) shops. Although considered eyesores by most railfans, the CF7s proved to be dependable power for many Deep South shortlines ... and the CAGY was no exception. The boxy CF7s bumped the early Geeps to switching duties in Greenville, Greenwood, and Columbus, and on most daily freights of this era one could find a pair or trio of the ex ATSF rebuilds. In more recent years, but prior to the Gennesse & Wyoming purchase, Columbus forces acquired various small batches of B-B power: ex Chicago & Northewestern GP7r rebuilds, ex Illinois Central Gulf GP11 rebuilds, and two high-nose GP38s from the Norfolk Southern--these last units, the largest power the CAGY has even seen.

GP7

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Columbus & Greenville #608

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Sep 1952, EMD #17345
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • named "City of West Point"
    ex Florida East Coast #608
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #614

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Sep 1952, EMD #17351
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • named "City of Cleveland"
    ex Florida East Coast #614
    ex Chicago, Sou Shore & Sou Bend #614
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #615

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Sep 1952, EMD #17352
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Florida East Coast #615
    ex Chicago, Sou Shore & Sou Bend #615
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #618

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Oct 1952, EMD #17355
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Florida East Coast #618
    ex Chicago, Sou Shore & Sou Bend #618
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #619

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Oct 1952, EMD #17356
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • named "City of Indianola"
    ex Florida East Coast #619
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    Columbus & Greenville #621

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Oct 1952, EMD #17358
  • series:2610 produced 1949-54
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • named "City of Greenwood"
    ex Florida East Coast #621
  • builder

    GP9

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    Columbus & Greenville #701

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP9
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Jul 1955, EMD #20587
  • series:3436 produced 1954-59
  • engine:EMD 567C (16 cyls. 1750 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Southern (CNOTP) #6247
    dynamic brakes added by Southern
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #702

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP9
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Jul 1955, EMD #20586
  • series:3436 produced 1954-59
  • engine:EMD 567C (16 cyls. 1750 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Southern (CNOTP) #6246
    dynamic brakes added by Southern
    last operating Southern GP9
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #704

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP9
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Jul 1955, EMD #20590
  • series:3436 produced 1954-59
  • engine:EMD 567C (16 cyls. 1750 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Southern (CNOTP) #6256
    dynamic brakes added by Southern
  • builder

    CF7

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    Michael Eby drawing

    Columbus & Greenville #801

  • builder:Santa Fe Cleburne Shops
  • model:CF7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • rebuilt:Jul 1977, phase III
  • series:233 produced 1970-78
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500hp)
  • notes:
  • rebuilt from ATSF F7 #254C
    ex ATSF #2450
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #803

  • builder:Santa Fe Cleburne Shops
  • model:CF7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • rebuilt:Mar 1977, phase III
  • series:233 produced 1970-78
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500hp)
  • notes:
  • rebuilt from ATSF F7 #273L
    ex ATSF #2465
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #805

  • builder:Santa Fe Cleburne Shops
  • model:CF7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • rebuilt:Oct 1977, phase III
  • series:233 produced 1970-78
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500hp)
  • notes:
  • rebuilt from ATSF F7 #285L
    ex ATSF #2434
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #808

  • builder:Santa Fe Cleburne Shops
  • model:CF7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • rebuilt:Jan 1975, phase III
  • series:233 produced 1970-78
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500hp)
  • notes:
  • rebuilt from ATSF F7 #224C
    ex ATSF #2483
  • builder

    Columbus & Greenville #810

  • builder:Santa Fe Cleburne Shops
  • model:CF7
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • rebuilt:Jan 1975, phase III
  • series:233 produced 1970-78
  • engine:EMD 567B (16 cyls. 1500hp)
  • notes:
  • rebuilt from ATSF F7 #284L
    ex ATSF #2482
    to Columbus & Greenville
    later Chattooga & Chickamauga #103
  • builder
    See also our 1989 NRHS Excursion collection for more photos of CAGY #810

    GP38

    Columbus & Greenville #2000

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP38
  • type: B-B road switcher
  • built:Jan 1970, EMD #36033
  • series:466 produced 1966-71
  • engine:EMD 645E (16 cyls. 2000hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Southern Railway #2785
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