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Southern Railway 2594

About Southern Railway 2594

General Motors Corporation’s Electro-Motive Division built 2594 in 1962 for the Southern Railway. Leased from the Southeastern Railway Museum, it is known as a GP-30 and produces 2,250 horsepower. This GP30 differs from others, in that it has a high short hood. The factory default was for these units to have low short hoods, but could be ordered with high short hood. The Southern Railway and the Norfolk and Western Railway were the only railroads to purchase the GP30 with high short hood. This locomotive would have been used in tandem with other diesel-electric locomotives to haul long freight trains across the country. The 2594 was donated to the Southeastern Railway Museum in 1993. Today, 2594 hauls TVRM’s excursion trains, and wears the same historic Southern Railway paint scheme as it did when new.


Locomotive: Southern Railway 2594

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

Operators: Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, Southeastern Railway Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Model: GP30

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division

Date Built: 1962

Locomotive Weight: 245,000 lb

Prime Mover: EMD 567D3

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 2,250 hp

Status: Operational