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U.S. AIR FORCE 7467

About U.S. Air Force 7467

This sturdy locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, PA in 1943. It is powered by a six-cylinder De La Vergne prime mover, producing 1,000 horsepower. Designated as a VO-1000, the unit last saw service with the United States Air Force at the Arnold Air Research Facility in Tullahoma, Tennessee. The unit became surplus when replaced with a more modern hand-me-down from another Air Force rail operation. It was acquired by TVRM in 1982. The locomotive operated for a while at TVRM before issues with its aging Westinghouse main generator forced it to be removed from service. The locomotive is currently painted in the colors of the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, and wears the number “36”. The NC&St.L operated a fleet of similar locomotives, with the highest one being the number 35. Therefore when repainted, it was logical to number this one to 36, which would have been the next unit in the series had the NC purchased another unit.

Specifications:

Locomotive: U.S. Air Force 7467

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

Operators: U.S. Air Force, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Model: VO-1000

Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works

Date Built: 1943

Locomotive Weight: 240,000 lb

Prime Mover: De La Vergne 8-VO

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 1,000 hp

Status: Stored Out of Service