Historic Southern E8a Returning to Georgia Museum

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Steam and diesel locomotives on display at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Ga. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The Defeo Groupe)

DULUTH, Ga. — A vintage Southern Railway locomotive is returning to the Southeastern Railway Museum following extensive restoration work.

Southern Railway No. 6901, an E8a diesel passenger locomotive, routinely powered the Crescent passenger train between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. It pulled the last Southern-operated Crescent train before Amtrak assumed operations.

The Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors built the unity in 1951.

Norfolk Southern donated its services to the project.

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