The Southern Railway,
a.k.a. the Queen and Crescent,
a.k.a. The Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Texas Pacific Railroad ( C.N.O. & T. P.)
|Both of these steam engines are posed for their picture at Ludlow.|
an EMD NW2 Switcher
|Southern Railway Scene,
a pair of FP-7's
The Southern ran these two locomotives as excursions in the 1970's and 1980's, long after they had retired.
And if you've never seen a locomotive like the 610 at full speed, with tons of rotating steel making
a furious noise, spouting steam and cinders, and propelling tons of cars behind it faster than speeding
cars can keep pace in a veritable continuous explosion of iron and steel on wheels, you've missed one of the
really great sights of the 20th century, and you'll come up short trying to understand the romanticism and
the lure of the rails in 19th and 20th century America.
C. N. O. & T. P. circa 1890's
|Mikado (2-8-2) No. 16350,
used by the C. N. O. & T. P.
|Locomotive No. 1396,
used on the Crescent Limited
Flagship passenger trains had names, and they were a class above the every day trains most
people took, in service, class, and speed. The Crescent Limited was one of Southern's fastest.
They also ran, among others, the Carolina Special, the Royal Palm, the Ponce de Leon, the Southerner,
and the Pelican. In those days, a railroader could lose his job for anything that caused one of these
high-profile named-trains to fall behind schedule.
The Southern Railway Historical Society is here.