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U.S. Army 1824 & 1829

About U.S. Army 1824 & 1829

These diesel-electric locomotives, built by EMD in 1951 for the U.S. Army, would have switched freight cars at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee. They are GP7L type locomotives, developing 1,500 horsepower.

The 1824 and 1829 differ from most GP7 models, in that they have AAR type A switcher trucks. TVRM acquired these locomotives from the U.S. Army for only $250 each.

The 1824 is currently stored out of service, and the 1829 can be found in operation pulling many of the museum’s trains. The 1824 and 1829 are great examples of the GP7 series that proved to be one of the more versatile designs of the mid-20th century, hauling both freight and passengers in various settings.


Locomotives: U.S. Army 1824 and U.S. Army 1829

Locomotive Type: Diesel-Electric

Operators: U.S. Army, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Model: GP7L

Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division

Date Built: 1951

Locomotive Weight: 246,000 lb

Prime Mover: EMD 567B

Fuel: Diesel

Horsepower: 1,500 hp

Status: 1824 – Stored Out of Service/1829 – Operational