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HawkinsRails - Southern Steam Program

Southern Railway, and now its successor, Norfolk Southern, has owned, maintained, and operated exquisite examples of steam power for twenty five years now. The value of seeing large steam locomotives charging up the mainline is incalculable: It rekindles the memories of those old enough to remember, and it fascinates those who are not. Better yet, the trains of the Norfolk Southern Steam Program are accessible: People can ride as well as watch. Many rode those early trips behind Southern 2-8-2 #4501 with the belief that it might be their only chance to see a Southern locomotive under steam once again. The notion has persisted that each season of steam trips may be the final one; each trip may be the last.

Bill Schafer, Weekend Steam, 1992


See also our complete Southern #4501 steam collection

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