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Southern Railway 5000

About Southern Railway 5000

Built in 1972, this locomotive was the first of 257 GP38-2 locomotives purchased by the Southern Railway, producing 2,000 horsepower. Unlike most other railroads, the Southern Railway had all 257 of these locomotives built with high short hoods, rather than the factory default low short hoods. TVRM traded another GP38-2, Southern Railway 5033, to acquire the 5000 in 2016. The locomotive can be found in operation at TVRM today, having been repainted to its original Southern Railway paint scheme it wore when new.


Locomotive: Southern Railway 5000

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

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

Model: GP38-2

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division

Date Built: 1972

Locomotive Weight: 250,000 lb

Prime Mover: EMD 16-645E

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 2,000 hp

Status: Operational