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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY F3060

About Tennessee Valley Authority F3060

Built in 1958, this is a Fairbanks-Morse model H-16-66, known as the “Baby” Trainmaster. The locomotive was a 1600 horsepower version of the 2400 H-24-66 Trainmaster, at that time the most powerful single unit locomotive being built. The locomotive is one of the few surviving locomotives from this short lived locomotive supplier.  Delivered to TVA’s Gallatin generating plant near Gallatin, TN the locomotive spent its entire working career moving coal four miles from the CSX interchange to the plant. This locomotive was retired in 1997 when coal shipments shifted from train to barge delivery. The locomotive is one of only nine Fairbanks-Morse locomotives preserved today.Fairbanks-Morse entered the diesel locomotive market at the end of World War II planning to capitalize on the unique opposed piston engine used on many submarines and other naval vessels during the war. Featuring two pistons in each cylinder the engine produced more horsepower per cylinder than other diesel engines of the time. This unique design also led to its downfall as the engine did not hold up in the harsh railroad operating environment and required dedicated maintenance facilities to make repairs. TVA 3060 was one of the last locomotives they delivered to any railroad, as they exited the locomotive market by 1963 having produced less than 1500 units.  The Gallatin plant provided the perfect location for the locomotive to operate for almost forty years. The simple operation allowed for the locomotive to be well maintained by the dedicated repair forces and the short, flat route did not present a severe challenge to the locomotive. With Fairbanks-Morse still supporting their engines it isn’t hard to imagine the locomotive operating to the present day.  The locomotive has remained at Gallatin until TVA approached TVRM in 2019 regarding possible donation and preservation of the locomotive.  The F3060 arrived by truck at TVRM in 2021, and currently sits on display at Grand Junction.

Specifications:

Locomotive: Tennessee Valley Authority F3060

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

Operators: Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Model: H-16-66

Builder: Fairbanks-Morse

Date Built: 1958

Locomotive Weight: 286,000 lb

Prime Mover: FM 38D-8 1/8

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 1,600 hp

Status: Display

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