SCL/L&N Alcos : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

In the early 1970's, L&N power began to run through on the Georgia Railroad w/coal trains for Plant Harllee. I remember as far back as roughly 1980, and don't recall seeing any Alco Centuries--I assume they were the "Loyall Alcos" by this time. My question is, did any Alcos from SCL or L&N ever make a trip over the GA road?

-- Steven Holmes (, June 03, 2001


Steven, From late 1976 until late 1980, I went through Camak several times a year. The loaded coal trains I saw were, without exception, powered by L&N units, with SD40s most common, but lots of U30Cs also. At least on a couple of occasions there were L&N C-C Centuries in the consists - I'm pretty sure I have a slide or two somewhere of coal train (with Alco) waiting at south end of yard for mixed to arrive. Never saw any SCL power, but on last trip or two saw FL C30-7s starting to show up. Sometimes saw coal empties with GA/WP power. David

-- David Harris (, August 22, 2001.

I have a 1966 photo of an L&N coal train pulling into the GaRR Atlanta yard with an Alco C628 in the consist. But this was prior to the era of run-through power, so doesn't really shed much light on what power was used when the run-throughs started.

-- Larry Goolsby (, June 07, 2001.

I grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga. and we lived next to the Georgia RR. I do remember L&N power on coal trains in the early to mid 70s. Best I can remember are SD40 or SD40-2 units. I remember seeing the long porches on these units & thinking how great they looked. There were SCL units on mix freight trains. Over on the old SAL line in Tucker, Ga., I remember seeing those cool looking Frisco red & white units.

-- Hugh Butler (, June 06, 2001.

During my tenure in the mechanical department of the Ga RR (1967-1974) I do not recall any run-thru coal trains going down to Plant Harlee with SCL or L&N power. All the power was always GA RR GP-7's and 40's. Ron Dettmer

-- Ron Dettmer (, June 03, 2001.

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