Trains Top 10 stories for 2017: No. 9, CLINCHFIELD No. 800

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Clinchfield F7 No. 800
Ron Flanary
WAUKESHA, Wis. — Surprising everyone with a tip of the hat to its history, CSX Transportation outshopped privately owned Clinchfield Railroad F7 No. 800 just in time for the 75th anniversary running of the CSX Santa Train in November on the former Clinchfield Railroad mainline. Workers at CSX’s Huntington, W.Va., shop took extra care with the Clinchfield’s first diesel, built in 1948, transforming it from its disguise as Chesapeake & Ohio No. 8016 back to its original gray and yellow.

The unit looked great on the special with SD45 No. 3632 from the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum, then departed for a well-deserved vacation in Florida, operating on the new Royal Palm Rail experience on the Orlando & Northwestern. It was great to see CSX take a role in preservation and fantastic to see gray and yellow and Clinchfield markings return to home rails.

Even more, the ever-vigilant railfan network didn't see or hear a peep about this until CSX announced it. Kudos are due to the dedicated coordinators who were able to keep a secret on this restoration.

For the impeccable timing and solid execution of a locomotive restoration that warms the heart, Trains editors name the Clinchfield No. 800 as the No. 9 story of 2017.

Trains editors will present the Top Ten stories of the year in reverse order starting Dec. 21 and finishing on Dec. 30.

Read previous years' Top Ten stories online.
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