Old Friends

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  1. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Today, I was reading my copy of the current "L&N Magazine", the fine publication of the Louisville & Nashville RR Historical Society. It includes an article (beginning p12) about riding L&N passenger trains during the period 1968-1971, just before Amtrak took over US passenger operations in May, 1971.

    The title page of the article includes a beautiful nose-on picture of freshly painted L&N 788, an E8. As I was looking at it, I thought it certainly looked familiar (though it carried a firecracker antenna, and a 2-forward, 1-rear facing horn, but the "face" was the same).

    Sure enough - L&N E8 788 is none other than SLSF E8 2014, "Truxton", sold to the L&N in 1965. Later in the article, there is a nice center-fold shot of L&N E7 791 and L&N E8 787 rolling through Anchorage, KY, east of Louisville. Sure enough, L&N 787 is the former SLSF 2007, "Whirlaway", also sold to L&N in 1965. This is a hard-to-see shot for any detail, as the E8 is the trailing unit.

    Seven Frisco E's were sold to the L&N (2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015). It is a testimony to the Frisco's maintenance program that the L&N was willing to buy three E7's! Two of the Frisco E8's, 2007 and 2014, the two units pictured in the article, lasted long enough to even make it into the early Amtrak roster.

    It was good to see pics of old friends, even though they were wearing different colors.

  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter


    Truxton makes another appearance in L&N garb on p32 of the Spring 2007 issue of Classic Trains.

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