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Central of Georgia 349 Steam Engine

Central of Georgia 349: A Storied Journey of the Oldest Locomotive in TVRM Collection

The oldest piece of equipment in TVRM‘s collection, this 4-4-0 “American” was built in 1891 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Savannah & Western Railway as their 557.

The locomotive became Central of Georgia 1587 in 1894. It was renumbered to 1581 in 1912, and finally renumbered 349 in 1926. In 1937, the 349 was leased to the Talbotton Railroad near Albany, GA until it went out of business. The locomotive later saw service on the Bowdon Railroad.

The 349 was retired in the 1950s. The locomotive eventually found its way into private ownership. During its time in private ownership, the 349 was painted green and gold, and lettered for the Southern Railway.

The 349 was donated to TVRM in 1987. It was then place on display at Grand Junction. Today, the locomotive can be seen cosmetically restored and on display at the Erlanger Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, on long term loan from TVRM.


Locomotive: Central of Georgia 349

Locomotive Type: Steam

Operators: Savannah & Western Railway, Central of Georgia Railway, Talbotton Railroad, Bowdon Railroad

Class: E

Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works

Builders Number: 11994

Date Built: 1891

Date Retired: 1954 (Revenue Service)

Date Restored: None

Wheel Arrangement: 4-4-0 American

Driver Diameter: 63 in

Locomotive Weight: 101,550 lb

Fuel: Coal

Boiler Pressure: 160 psi

Cylinder Size: 18 in x 24 in

Valve Gear: Stephenson

Tractive Effort: 16,800 lbf

Paint Scheme: Black

Status: Display at Erlanger Children’s Hospital