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Southern Railway 903008

Southern Railway No. 903008 – A Testament to Industrial Strength and Innovation

The Southern Railway No. 903008, a historic wreck crane built in 1917 by the Bucyrus Company. This formidable machine, also known as a derrick crane, has a storied history and impressive capabilities.

Originally based in Knoxville, Tennessee, this wreck crane has been an integral part of railway operations for over a century. It stands as a symbol of the enduring legacy and resilience of the railroad industry.

A Blend of History and Innovation

The Southern Railway 903008 isn’t just a relic; it’s a living piece of history. The crane’s boom is a notable feature, once belonging to the original Norfolk Southern Railroad. This crane has seen the transition from steam to diesel, having been converted in 1971, a testament to the evolving nature of railway technology.

A Powerhouse of Capability

With its main hook capable of lifting up to 150 tons, the Southern Railway 903008 is a powerhouse. It serves as a crucial tool for wreck recovery and heavy lifting tasks, demonstrating the incredible engineering feats of the early 20th century.

Experience the Magnificence

While operational, the Southern Railway 903008 is predominantly displayed at East Chattanooga, offering visitors a unique opportunity to witness this impressive machinery up close. Its presence at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum allows enthusiasts and the general public to appreciate the sheer scale and historical significance of this crane.

Join us at East Chattanooga to marvel at this engineering marvel, a true icon of Southern Railway’s rich history and a window into the past century’s railroading advancements.


Rolling Stock: Southern Railway 903008

Rolling Stock Type: Wreck Crane

Operators: Southern Railway, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Date Built: 1917

Lettered: SOU

Status: Operational

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