A nostalgic unhurried overview of southern steam railroading as it was on the Tweetsie, Clinchfield, Southern, Norfolk & Western, Chesapeake & Ohio, and many obscure Dixie shortlines. Superb rare old photos of steam action by H. Reid, John Krause, and others.
The Whistle Broke Into a Scream - The "Wreck of old 97" was the demise of Southern Railway's train 97 running between New Orleans and Washington as it left the rails and plummeted off Stone Hill Trestle at North Danville, Va., in 1903.
Norfolk Southern Berkshires: Condensed Giants - In 1937, Norfolk Southern put out an order for new 2-8-4 Berkshires, the first modern power on the railroad. Arriving in 1940, these beefy Berks carried the line through World War II.
Charlie Steinwinder and the Steamwinder - Career engineer Charlie Steinwinder recounts his history on the Sumpter & Choctaw Railway.
The Santa Claus Train - The Virginian Railway kept up the tradition of the Santa Claus Train from 1947 through the end of passenger service in 1955.
Yesterday, The Huckleberry - Mixed train on the Norfolk & Western's "Huckleberry" line between Christiansburg and Blacksburg, Virginia. The final run came in 1958.
The Rambling Gambler Aboard No. 3 - A bit of prose dedicated to Dixie steam railroading.
Albert, The Princely Locomotive - The story of a small steam locomotive that lived on a Louisiana sugar plantation until 1959. The engine then traveled to Cedar Point amusement park where it has been in operation since 1963.
Doggone - A story from the Potomac, Fredericksbrug & Piedmont narrow gauge in Virginia.
The Cy Crumley Story - Conductor Cy Crumley spent his entire working career on the East Tennesee & Western North Carolina, otherwise known as the "Tweetsie."
A Seaboard Freight Train - This Seaboard Air Line local freight made for good stories, suited for a model railroad (plans included).
Man of Iron Will and Steel Ways - Claibourne Rice Mason worked his way through the South to become one of the most brilliant engineers of railroad tunnels and bridges.
Extra South: Photographs
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The Carolina Southern Railway
The Carolina Southern Railway operated 22 miles between Windsor and Ahoskie, North Carolina. The steam engines are long gone, but the Carolina Southern has grown into a successful short line operator. Photo by H. Reid
Berkshires for the original Norfolk Southern
New Baldwin 2-8-4s were delivered to the Norfolk Southern in 1940 to replace agingsteam locomotives that could not keep up with traffic. The 600 made some rapid trips out of Marsden, N.C., up to Carolina Jct. during World War II. Some ended up in Mexico after retirement. Photo by H. Reid
Twilight for Tweetsie
The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad was known by the nickname "Tweetsie" as a sort of phoenetic variance of the lines initials. The Tweetsie shut down in 1950, but a small remnant remains in operation as the East Tennessee Railway under Genesee & Wyoming. Photo by H. Reid
O, how the mighty have fallen
By the end of the 1950s, Norfolk & Western had bumped their streamlined J-class locomotives from sleek passenger trains to lowly freights. Class leader No. 600 was photographed pausing at New Bohemia, Virginia, in 1959. Photo by H. Reid