NS to Auction Locomotives, Passenger Cars

More Norfolk Southern locomotives are about to go on the auction block.

The railroad plans to sell more than 70 EMD GP38-2 high-hood locomotives and five passenger cars on Aug. 17 in Roanoke, Virginia.

The lot includes former Southern Railway 2,000 horsepower high-hood locomotives in the 5000 and 5100 series that are in mothballs.

The units worked largely in local switching service on the Pocahontas, Piedmont, Georgia and Alabama divisions and are said to be unique due to their Southern-affiliated sub-lettering.

This includes initials for the Central of Georgia, Alabama Great Southern Railroad, Georgia Southern & Florida Railway, Carolina & Northwestern Railway, and Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway railroads.

Also being auctioned are two ex-Southern EMD MP15Es (2393 and 2416) and Railpower RP20CD genset 3830.

NS passenger cars being offered for sale include five Tuscan red cars once used in steam excursion service: Nos. 43, 44, 45, 46, and 47.

These cars were once used in commuter train service in Pittsburgh and by the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Shoreline East service before going to NS.

The auction, being conducted by Blackmon Auctions, also will include extra passenger car seats, and such locomotive parts such as injectors, radiators, filter kits and other items.

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