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Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway 80

About Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway 80

Built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division in 1968, this locomotive was the first high-hood GP38 produced, developing 2,000 horsepower. It was built for the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway.

The locomotive was named “The John A. Chambliss” in honor of the railroad’s vice president, and was dedicated on his 80th birthday, hence being numbered 80. After the TAG was acquired by the Southern Railway, the 80 became Southern Railway 2879, and later Norfolk Southern 2879.

Norfolk Southern sold the locomotive to the Chambliss Family at auction in 2001, who then donated the locomotive to TVRM. The locomotive was restored mechanically, electrically and cosmetically between 2015 and 2016, returning to service in March 2017. The TAG 80 was also returned to its original number and paint scheme.


Locomotive: Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway 80/The John A. Chambliss

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

Operators: Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway, Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Model: GP38

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division

Date Built: 1968

Date Restored: 2017

Locomotive Weight: 245,000 lb

Prime Mover: EMD 16-645

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 2,000 hp

Status: Operational