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Southern Railway Anniversary

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In November of 1969, the Southern Railway system celebrated its 75th anniversary with a steam celebration in Anniston, Alabama, along the Birmingham to Atlanta mainline. Dubbed the 1969 "Steam-o-rama", the railroad commemorated the anniversary by gathering three working steam locomotives in excursion service from around the region. The lineup included the legendary Flying Scotsman, which was making a Bristish Industry Tour through the United States during the late 1960s. A large crowd turned out in Anniston for the event, and several dignitaries spoke from the rear platform of the Southern Railway's office car New River.

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Steam Locomotives

Savannah & Atlanta #750

  • builder:American Locomotive Co
  • arrangement:4-6-2 Pacific
  • built:1910, ALCO #46567
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt Florida East Coast #80, 1910
    to Savannah & Atlanta #750, 1934
    to Atlanta Chapter NRHS, 1962
    leased by SOU for excursions 1967-84
  • Southern #4501

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-2 Mikado
  • built:1911, Baldwin #37085
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt for SOU #4501, 1911
    to Kentucky & Tennessee #11, 1948
    to The 4501 Corp. (Paul Merriman), 1964
    to Tennessee Valley Rwy Museum, 1975
    leased by SOU for excursions, 1966-87
  • See also our complete Southern Railway #4501 collection

    London & North Eastern Rwy #4472

  • builder:Doncaster, England
  • arrangement:4-6-2 Pacific
  • built:1923, Doncaster #1564
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • to Alan Pegler, 1967
    British Industry tour in US, late 1960s
    used in SOU 75th anniversary, 1969
  • Lagniappe

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    This page was updated on 2017-07-03