"The Tennessean"
The Locomotives

From the Phil Gosney Collection
An ALCo DL-109 leads "The Tennessean" with its 7:40 pm departure from Memphis.

"The Tennessean", # 46, meets the local at White Siding in East Memphis in August 1958. Due to the late arrival of #35, "The Tennessean" leaving Memphis for Bristol, VA with only one PA instead of the normal pair. The six ALCo PAs were a common site on the trains to Memphis even though they were purchased by New Orleans & North Eastern. These units only saw 10 years of service before being retired.

#1380, PS-4, American Locomotive 1923. The streamlining was designed by industrial designer Otto Kuhler and applied by the Southern's Spencer, NC shops. Kuhler never billed the Southern for the design and was
never paid for it. Always maintained at Spencer, #1380 was assigned to the Tennessean, running between Washington, D. C. to Monroe, VA, until August 1942, then to the Washington - Atlanta passenger pool. The streamlining; green, aluminum and gold paint; and "The Tennessean" on her running board skirts were intact until she was sold for scrap July 29, 1953.

Contributed by Phil Gosney
E6s assigned to Memphis, TN to Bristol, TN/VA part of the run

Contributed by Bill Pollard

This page was designed and is maintained by Mike Condren. If you have materials
that you would like to contribute, contact me at