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Railfan Photo Line - June 2013

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Bonhomie & Hattieburg Southern No. 250, a Baldwin-built Prairie type of the 1920s, takes on a drink of water in rural Mississippi in the 1960s. The B&HS continued to operate steam until 1961. The line was merged into the Illinois Central Gulf in 1972, the steam only a distant memory. Photo by H. Reid

Extra South: Dixie Steam Railroading

Edited by Otto M. Vondrak/Photos as noted

Extra South by H. Reid The steam railroads of the storied South were, like the land, in variance. Bridging great distance were carriers such as the Southern Railway itself. Those of scant mileage were typified by North Carolina's 3-mile Cliffside Railroad. Both painted some of their locomotives green. There were some Dixie railroads whose motive power wasn't painted at all. Inventiveness came second-nature to the men who operated neglected locomotives. They worked hard and frequently long days, keeping good spirit and steady devotion to the railroad. Many of them worked unheralded, yet were local heroes as big (if not bigger) than Casey Jones himself. Yes, steam railroading in the South meant different things to different people, form the bayous of Louisiana to the mountains of Virginia. Join photographer H. Reid as we explore this bygone era through the pages of the Carstens Classic Extra South.

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Atlantic & Western engine house at Sanford, N.C.

The scene at the Atlantic & Western's engine house at Sanford, North Carolina, in 1948 belies its the urban setting. Originally a 25-mile line running between Sanford and Lillington, all but three miles remained by 1961. The short line has since joined the Genesee & Wyoming family and continues to operate to this day. Photo by H. Reid

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The Carolina Southern Railway

The Carolina Southern Railway operated 22 miles between Windsor and Ahoskie, North Carolina. The steam engines are long gone, but the Carolina Southern has grown into a successful short line operator. Photo by H. Reid

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Nelson & Albemarle High-Speed Service

The Nelson & Albemarle connected towns in central Virginia with the Southern Railway at Rockfish and the Chesapeake & Ohio at Esmont. A 2-6-2 tank engine was in charge of a local freight in 1948. The road was dieselized in the 1950s, but had shut down completely by 1963. Photo by H. Reid

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Prince Albert of St. John

"Albert" was built for the sugar plantation at St. John, Louisiana, in 1911. The little engine was retired in 1959, and but found a new home at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park in 1963. Photo by C.W. Whitbeck

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Compact Berkshires for the original Norfolk Southern

New Baldwin 2-8-4s were delivered to the Norfolk Southern in 1940 to replace aging steam locomotives that could not keep up with traffic. The 600 made some rapid trips out of Marsden, N.C., up to Carolina Jct. during World War II. Some ended up in Mexico after retirement. Photo by H. Reid

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Twilight for Tweetsie

The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad was known by the nickname "Tweetsie" as a sort of phoenetic variance of the lines initials. The Tweetsie shut down in 1950, but a small remnant remains in operation as the East Tennessee Railway under Genesee & Wyoming. Photo by H. Reid

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O, how the mighty have fallen

By the end of the 1950s, Norfolk & Western had bumped their streamlined J-class locomotives from sleek passenger trains to lowly freights. Class leader No. 600 was photographed pausing at New Bohemia, Virginia, in 1959. Photo by H. Reid

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Sumter & Choctaw Railway 102

The Sumter & Choctaw Railway ran from Lillita to Ballamy, Alabama, hauling the products of its parent Allison Lumber Co. Engine 102 was retired in 1962 and donated to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The railroad suspended operations in 1983 and was abandoned in 1986. Photo by Al Thomas

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Southern Railway Mike at Alexadria

A Southern Railway merchandiser rolls through Alexandria, Virginia, with Mikado No. 4998 in the lead. The Southern would become famous in the 1960s for operating restored Mikado No. 4501 in a series of popular excursions into the 1990s. Photo by John Krause

Extra South by H. Reid

Extra South by H. Reid

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