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Date: 02/01/19 07:09
Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: NSSpike

After having been at the Norfolk Southern shops in Altoona for a few years undergoing restoration work the Southern #6901 Crescent is making its way back to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth Georgia. The unit was reported as being in the consist of NS 361 (CHATTANOOGA, TN - MACON, GA). I originally set up in Austell to capture the moment but the train pulled a draw bar around CP Aragon MP 98.3H so I headed north out of Austell. I ended up at Rockmart Georgia about 15 minutes before it was cleared to head south. 

Perhaps there will be others that will post photo's of this unit as it works its way to the museum in Duluth Georgia. 

#1 & #2 The Southern # 6901 coming and going at Rockmart Georgia. 

Phil Maton
Villa Rica, GA



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Date: 02/01/19 07:42
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: seaboardc30-7

What work was done on this E-unit at Altoona?



Date: 02/01/19 08:53
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: SD608708

P68 out of chamblee will delievery to the museum.

Paul B
Canton, GA



Date: 02/01/19 10:26
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: railcity

Where New Paint Job?? If NS had engines for few years??



Date: 02/01/19 12:05
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: engineerinvirginia

I perused this motor in Duluth GA 22 years ago....and it looks rather the same as it was then. Mechanically is was all there, so I guess getting it running was no more than a matter of fixing whatever got it retired in the first place. But yeah....a fresh paint job couldn't have hurt. At least I think this is the one I saw in Duluth



Date: 02/01/19 13:39
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: Worthington_S_A

railcity Wrote:
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> Where New Paint Job?? If NS had engines for few
> years??

The original plan, under Wick Moorman, was body work, new paint, alignment control couplers, and 26L, in addition to the work that it ultimately received.  As CEOs change, so do priorities.  NS did actually have alignment control draft gear for it, but it ended up in a locomotive that they smashed up.  



Date: 02/01/19 13:46
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: Worthington_S_A

engineerinvirginia Wrote:
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> I perused this motor in Duluth GA 22 years
> ago....and it looks rather the same as it was
> then. Mechanically is was all there, so I guess
> getting it running was no more than a matter of
> fixing whatever got it retired in the first place.
> But yeah....a fresh paint job couldn't have hurt.
> At least I think this is the one I saw in Duluth

It had its trucks rebuilt--new wheels, rebuilt D77 traction motors, ect., all new wiring, new bridges and injectors in both engines.  I think it got a new governor on one or both engines.  Now has the TMV control system like the NS F Units, while retaining the original control stand(it's a museum artifact, after all).  Dynamics work, too. Did not get 26L, or, thankfully, the bastard desktop 30CW that 6900 and 6914 had.  While it still looks a bit bedraggled, it's probably on par mechanically and electrically with '00 and '14, especially if you're not afraid of 24RL.



Date: 02/01/19 14:00
Re: Southern 6901 E8a Crescent On Return Trip Home
Author: NSSpike

Worthington_S_A Wrote:

> It had its trucks rebuilt--new wheels, rebuilt D77
> traction motors, ect., all new wiring, new bridges
> and injectors in both engines.  I think it got a
> new governor on one or both engines.  Now has the
> TMV control system like the NS F Units, while
> retaining the original control stand(it's a museum
> artifact, after all).  Dynamics work, too. Did
> not get 26L, or, thankfully, the bastard desktop
> 30CW that 6900 and 6914 had.  While it still
> looks a bit bedraggled, it's probably on par
> mechanically and electrically with '00 and '14,
> especially if you're not afraid of 24RL.

Thanks for adding this information to this post!!

Phil Maton
Villa Rica, GA



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