Featured Southern Railway steam subjects for this September post are of PS-4 locomotives at various Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina locations. The history of the Southern PS-4 class can be viewed in the enclosed link, courtesy of Wikipedia.
Sou Rwy #6688 – Birmingham, AL – 5/11/40 (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
Sou Rwy #1369 – Atlanta, GA – 1939 (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
Sou Rwy #6482 – Lexington, KY (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
Sou Rwy #6475 – Lexington, KY (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
Sou Rwy #1405 – Reidsville, NC – 6/50 (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
Sou Rwy #6690 – Spencer, NC – 4/15/52 (Credit: Tom Daspit Coll.)
In 1960, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded by Paul H. Merriman and Robert M. Soule along with a group of local railway preservationists who were concerned with saving steam locomotives and railway equipment for future historical display and use. In 1964, Mr. Merriman and Mr. Soule found out that the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad was converting to diesel. With this in mind, they raised $5,000.00 and purchased K&T Nos. 10 & 12. The latter of the two engines originally belonged to the Southern Railway as 4501. Engine No. 10 was renumbered 6910. It ran for a short while after restoration. In October 1965, the engine made a fan trip to Cleveland, Tennessee from Chattanooga. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this engine back in 1978 & 1981. Currently, the engine is in storage at the TVRM.
The silent video of this historic trip is courtesy of HawkinsRails.net via YouTube.