Introducing Southern Railway 6914
In 1953, the Southern Railway welcomed the 6914, an E8A diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Corporation’s Electro-Motive Division. With an impressive output of 2,250 horsepower, its sleek, streamlined design symbolized speed and modernity, making it a favorite among passengers.
The Southern Crescent, one of the Southern Railway’s most iconic trains, was hauled by the 6914 between New Orleans and Washington, D.C. After transitioning operation to Amtrak in 1979, the 6914 was subsequently sold to New Jersey Transit that same year.
While under New Jersey Transit’s purview, the locomotive’s number changed to 4330. Following retirement, it was obtained by TVRM and is now in the hands of an all-volunteer crew restoring it to operational status. The 6914 is on the brink of resuming its historical role, once again transporting passengers, as it proudly did in the past.
Locomotive: Southern 6914
Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric
Operators: Southern Railway, New Jersey Transit
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division
Date Built: 1953
Date Restored: None
Locomotive Weight: 315,000 lb
Prime Mover: 2 EMD 567C
Horsepower: 2,250 hp
Status: Under Restoration