Southern Railway 2-8-0 154 progress

Photo by Chris Starnes.

Former Southern Railway 2-8-0 no. 154 is being returned to service by Pete Claussen’s Gulf & Ohio Railway in Knoxville, TN. Work is progressing so quickly that the locomotive could possibly be steamed up and operating in 2010. Running gear work is already largely complete, and the latest progress report indicates that flues are being installed.

So it’s possible that, along with 2-8-0 no. 401, two Southern locomotives could be operational by year’s end. Cross your fingers.