Historic Southern E8 returns to Southeastern Railway Museum

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Southern E8 No. 6901 as it appears in Duluth, Ga., after a mechanical restoration.
Todd DeFeo
DULUTH, Ga. — A vintage Southern Railway locomotive has returned to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Ga., after nearly four years of restoration work.

Southern Railway No. 6901, an E8a diesel passenger locomotive, routinely powered Crescent passenger train between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. It pulled the last Southern-operated Crescent train before Amtrak assumed operations of the route.

The Electro-Motive Division of General Motors built the unit as No. 2924 in 1951. Southern donated the locomotive to the museum in 1979, and it later pulled New Georgia Railroad excursion trains.

Norfolk Southern donated electrical, motor, and wheel work, which its crews performed at Juniata Shop in Altoona, Pa.

The Southeastern Railway Museum plans to return the locomotive to static display.

— A Southeastern Railway Museum news release. Feb. 4, 2019

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